Prof Dawn Ades

Emeritus Professor
School of Philosophy and Art History
Prof Dawn Ades



Dawn Ades is a Fellow of the British Academy, a former trustee of Tate, Professor of the History of Art at the Royal Academy and was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her services to art history. She has been responsible for some of the most important exhibitions in London and overseas over the past thirty years, including Dada and Surrealism Reviewed, Art in Latin America and Francis Bacon. Most recently she organised the highly successful exhibition to celebrate the centenary of Salvador Dalí at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice (2004) The Colour of my Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art, at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2011), and was Associate Curator for Manifesta 9 (2012) . She has published standard works on photomontage, Dada, Surrealism, women artists and Mexican muralists. Dawn is now partially retired but continues to supervise PhD students.

Teaching and supervision

Previous supervision

Brigitte Nicole Grice
Brigitte Nicole Grice
Thesis title: International Surrealism and the Contemporary Epoch: A Surrealist Document with Questions, Principles and Memory Maps
Degree subject: Film Studies (Creative Practice)
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 1/6/2023
Lauren Winsor
Lauren Winsor
Thesis title: Through Skin, Flesh & Now the Heart: The Photographic Transgressions of Raoul Ubac
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 26/5/2022
Georgia Chryssouli
Georgia Chryssouli
Thesis title: The Alchemist of the Surreal and the Uncanny Valley: Jan Švankmajer, the Puppet and Eerie Animation.
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 12/4/2019
David Alejandro Jerzy Murrieta Flores
David Alejandro Jerzy Murrieta Flores
Thesis title: Situationist Margins: The Situationist Times, King Mob, Black Mask, and S.Nob Magazines (1962-1970)
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 5/1/2018
Megakles Rogakos
Megakles Rogakos
Thesis title: A Joycean Exegesis of 'The Large Glass': Homeric Traces in the Postmodernism of Marcel Duchamp
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 8/6/2017
Susannah Gilbert
Susannah Gilbert
Thesis title: Poetic Networks: Mail Art, Circulation and Communication in and Out of Latin America, 1960S-1980S
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 2/12/2013
Kimberley Marwood
Kimberley Marwood
Thesis title: Surrealism and the Gothic
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 3/7/2013
Majella Munro
Majella Munro
Thesis title: Communicating Vessels: The Surrealist Movement in Japan 1923-70
Degree subject: Art History and Theory
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 29/6/2012


Journal articles (21)

Ades, D., (2018). The Francis Bacon catalogue raisonn. Burlington Magazine. 160 (1383), 486-489

Ades, D., (2016). Primitivism in 20th Century Art. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE. 158 (1365), 990-991

Ades, D., (2014). The Surrealist object. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE. 156 (1332), 186-188

Ades, D., (2013). Dali. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE. 155 (1322), 357-359

Ades, D., (2013). ?Aspects of Art?: The lecture series. British Academy Review. 22, 64-69

Ades, D., (2011). Picture Book. ARTFORUM INTERNATIONAL. 50 (4), 83-84

Ades, D., (2011). Surrealism and its Legacies in Latin America (British Academy Lecture). Proceedings of the British Academy. 167, 393-422

Ades, D., (2010). Objects of Enquiry: An Art Historian’s Response to Peter Burke. Cultural and Social History. 7 (4), 445-452

Rebaza-Soraluz, L., Ades, D. and Fraser, V., (2007). The Beginnings of Latin American Art as a Subject of Academic Study in the UK: A Conversation. Bulletin of Spanish Studies. 84 (4-5), 557-569

Ades, D., (2006). Art since 1900. Modernism, antimodernism and postmodernism.. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE. 148 (1242), 637-638

Ades, D., (2003). Francisco Toledo or the triumph of death: Woodcuts. PRINT QUARTERLY. 20 (1), 101-103

Ades, D., (2002). Aztecs. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (5203), 16-17

Ades, D., (2002). Aztecs. TLS-THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (5203), 16-17

Ades, D., (1999). Joseph Cornell Marcel Duchamp in resonance. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE. 141 (1152), 195-198

Ades, D., (1998). Rene Magritte: Catalogue raisonne, vol 1, Oil paintings, 1916-1930, vol 2, Oil paintings and objects, 1931-1948, vol 3, Oil paintings, objects and bronzes, 1949-1967, vol 4, Goaches, temperas, watercolours and papiers colles, 1918-1967, vol 5, Supplement: Exhibitions, lists, bibliography, cumulative index. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE. 140 (1142), 340-341


ADES, D., (1993). DUCHAMP,MARCEL. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE. 135 (1084), 502-504

ADES, D., (1992). MAGRITTE. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE. 134 (1073), 537-539

Ades, D., (1988). AN ANTIQUE LAND?. Art History. 11 (2), 268-271


Ades, D., (1976). Photomontage. Society. 14 (1), 13-18

Books (11)

Ades, D., Eder, R. and Speranza, G., (2012). Surrealism in Latin America: Vivísimo Muerto. Getty Research Institute. 9781606061176

Ades, D., (2011). The Colour of My Dreams: The Surrealist Revolution in Art. Wittenborn Art Books. 9780815001188

Ades, D., (2010). Andrew Lord. Milton Keynes Gallery and Santa Monica Museum of Art. 9780955761089

Ades, D., Ballard, JG. and Self, W., (2010). Crash. Gagosian Gallery. 9781935263074

Ades, D. and McClean, A., (2009). Revolution on Paper: Mexican Prints 1910-1960. British Museum Press. 9780714126708

Ades, D. and Baker, S., (2008). Close-Up - Proximity And De-Familiarisation In Art, Film And Photography. Fruitmarket Gallery. 9780947912598

Ades, JD., (2000). Dali’s Optical Illusions. Yale University Press

Ades, D., Andreotti, M. and Jolles, A., (1997). Surrealist Art The Lindy and Edwin Bergman Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago. Thames & Hudson. 0500237115. 9780500237113

Ades, D. and Brett, G., (1989). Art in Latin America The Modern Era, 1820-1980. Yale University Press. 0300045611. 9780300045611

Ades, D., Sylvester, D., Cowling, E. and Britain, ACOG., (1978). Dada and Surrealism Reviewed Hayward Gallery, London from 11 January to 27 March 1978

Ades, JD., (1976). Photomontage London

Book chapters (25)

Ades, D., (2021). The Supremacy of the Message-Dada. In: Illuminations: Women Writing on Photography from the 1850s to the Present. 66- 70. 9781860640704

Ades, D., (2016). Surrealism in Latin America. In: A Companion to Dada and Surrealism. Editors: Hopkins, D., . Wiley. 177- 196. 9781118476185

Ades, D. and Richardson, M., (2016). Amour fou – mad love. In: Surrealism: Key Concepts. 171- 181. 9781315622071

Ades, D., (2014). Hannah Höch, Dada and the ’New Woman’. In: Hannah Höch Works on Paper. Editors: Ades, D., Butler, E. and Herrmann, DF., . Whitechapel Gallery & Prestel. 18- 29. 978-3-7913-5343-2

Ades, D., (2014). The Image of the Black in Latin America. In: The Image of the Black in Western Art, Volume V: The Twentieth Century, Part 1: The Impact of Africa. Editors: Bindman, D. and Jr, HLG., . Harvard University Press. 227- 256. 9780674052673

Ades, D., (2014). Making Visible: Abstract Drawing. In: Abstract Drawing. Editors: DEacon, R., . Drawing Room & Ridinghouse. 106- 117. 978-1-905464-83-8

Ades, D., (2013). Carrington?s Mysteries. In: Leonora Carrington. Editors: Kissane, S., . Irish Museum Of Modern Art/DAP. 98- 125. 9781938922206

Ades, D., (2013). Dreams in Surrealist Discourse and the Unusual case of Miró?s Photo: Ceci est la couleur de mes rêves. In: Surrealism and the Dream. Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. 75- 95

Ades, D., (2013). Introduction. In: 3 New York Dadas and the Blind Man. Editors: Duchamp, M., Roché, H-P. and Wood, B., . Atlas Press. 7- 23

Ades, D., (2012). 100% Photographic. In: In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. Editors: Fort, IS. and Arcq, T., . Prestel. 9783791351414

Ades, D., (2012). The Age of Coal. In: MANIFESTA 9 The Deep of the Modern - A Subcyclopaedia. Editors: Medina, C. and Fraga, CM., . Silvana Editoriale. 9788836623266

Ades, D., (2012). DYN: An Introduction. In: Farewell to Surrealism; The DYN Circle in México. Editors: Leddy, A. and Conwell, D., . Getty Research Institute. 1- 8

Ades, D., (2012). "We who have neither church nor country": César Moro and surrealism. In: Surrealism in Latin America: Vivísimo Muerto. Editors: Ades, D., Eder, R. and Speranza, G., . Getty Research Institute. 9781606061176

Ades, D., (2012). "A new friendship between art and anthropology"?: Henry Moore, Surrealism and México. In: Henry Moore and the Classic Canon of Modern Sculpture. Kremlin Museums. 27- 37

Ades, D., (2011). John Stezaker: Monteur. In: John Stezaker. Editors: Ades, D., Bracewell, M. and Stezacker, J., . Whitechapel Gallery and Ridinghouse. 9781905464333

Ades, D., (2011). Surrealism discovers Earnshaw. In: Anthony Earnshaw , The Imp of Surrealism. Editors: Coleman, L., . RGAP (Research Group for Artists Publications). 34- 47. 9780955827389

Ades, D., (2010). Criaturas híbridas [Hybrid Creatures]. In: María. Editors: Cosac, C., . CosacNaify. 9788575038383

Ades, D., (2009). Humphrey Jennings. In: New Aldeburgh Anthology. Editors: Bankes, A. and Reekie, J., . Boydell Press. 9781843834397

Ades, D., (2008). Camera Creation. In: Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia. Editors: Mundy, J., . Tate Publishing. 9781854377319

Ades, D., (2008). Little things: close-up in photo and film 1839-1963. In: Close-Up - Proximity And De-Familiarisation In Art, Film And Photography. Editors: Ades, D. and Baker, S., . Fruitmarket Gallery. 9780947912598

Ades, D., (2008). Picasso in Documents. In: Picasso Harlequin 1917-1937. Editors: Bois, Y-A., . Complesso del Vittoriano & Skira. 9788861309906

Ades, D., (2004). Dalí's Anti-paintings of 1928. In: A Companion to Spanish Surrealism. Tamesis Books. 97- 115. 9781855661042

Ades, D., (1998). La Part de l'Unheimliche dans l'œuvre de Frida Kahlo, Maria Izquierdo et Maruja Mallo. In: La Femme s'entête: La Part du féminin dans le surréalisme. Lachenal & Ritter. 317- 333. 9782904388491

Ades, D., (1995). Internationalism and Eclecticism: Surrealism and the Avant-Garde in Painting and Film 1920-1930. In: Spanish Cultural Studies: An Introduction: The Struggle for Modernity. Oxford University Press. 71- 79. 9780198151951

Ades, D., (1993). Visions de la matière: Breton, le Cubisme et le Surréalisme. In: Lire le regard: André Breton & la peinture. Lachenal & Ritter. 59- 74. 9782904388330

Conferences (1)

Ades, D., (2002). Constructing Histories of Latin American Art

Other (1)

(2006).The Dada Reader: A Critical Anthology,University of Chicago Press



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