Dawn Adès is Professor of Art History and Theory at the University of Essex, and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1995, she delivered the Aspects of Art Lecture on ‘Marcel Duchamp and the Paradox of Modernity’.
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Published in British Academy Review, Issue 22 (Summer 2013).
A ‘From the Archive’ article
Aspects of Art Lecture, delivered by Professor John Butt FBA, on 6 November 2007. This lecture presents the thesis that what is generally understood by western ‘classical music’ is of a piece with ‘modernity’, something that makes it exceptional rather than the norm within the context of world music. While classical music is difficult to isolate entirely from all other forms of music in terms of its materials and structure, it is more securely defined in relation to a particular historical tendency which embraces an ensemble of cultural practices. One of the ways it relates in particular to modernity is through its association with a particular range of human subjects.
Karen Syrett draws on the British Academy’s archives to tell a pioneering tale