Professor Dawn Ades FBA

History of Art; Central America; South America; USA, Canada, Mexico; Eastern Europe; Southern Europe; Western Europe

Elected 1996

Dawn Ades is Professor Emerita of the History and Theory of Art at the University of Essex, a Fellow of the British Academy since 1996, Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy, a former trustee of Tate and the National Gallery and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her services to Higher Education. She has curated or co-curated many exhibitions in the UK and internationally over the past forty years, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed (1978); Art in Latin America (1989); the Salvador Dalí centenary at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice (2004); Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents, (with Simon Baker) Hayward Gallery (2006); The Colour of my Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2011), and Dalí/Duchamp at the Royal Academy (2017). She was Associate Curator for Manifesta 9 (2012). Apart from the catalogues of these and other exhibitions, publications include Photomontage (1976, revised 1986 and 2022), Marcel Duchamp (with Cox & Hopkins, 1999 and 2022) and Selected Writings on Art and Anti-Art (2015). Research on Dada and Surrealism has shifted increasingly though not exclusively to the women artists and poets associated with these movements, with publications on Hannah Höch, Mina Loy, Maria Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo, Leonora Carrington, Cecilia Vicuña and Claude Cahun.

Current post

Professor Emerita of Art History and Theory, University of Essex

Past appointments

University of Essex Professor Emerita of Art History and Theory

2017 -

University of Essex Professor of Art History and Theory

1990 -

University of Essex Lecturer, Reader

1978 - 1990

Institute of Latin American Studies University of London Research Fellow

1973 - 1975


Art in Latin America: the modern era 1820-1980

Dawn Ades - Published in 1989 by Yale University Press

Salvador Dali

Dawn Ades - Published in 1982 by Thames & Hudson

Dada and Surrealism reviewed

Dawn Ades - Published in 1978 by Arts Council of Great Britain

Great Thinkers: Dawn Ades FBA on John Golding FBA

3 Jun 2019 Professor Dawn Ades FBA

John Golding FBA wrote the definitive book on Cubism and staged landmark exhibitions of Matisse and Picasso while also enjoying a successful career as an artist. In this episode, Dawn Ades FBA looks back over his life and enduring impact on modern art.

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