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Art after Adorno

Theodor Adorno's musical criticism has a vital message for current art. The true avant garde is about reshaping tradition

By Stephen Everson   January 2004

Celebrations for this year’s centenary of the birth of Theodor Adorno have centred on Frankfurt, the city where he was born and where, apart from his exile during the Nazi era, he spent his academic life. An international symposium was held there in September and a square renamed in his honour. Several biographical works have appeared in Germany and further afield there have been conferences in Paris, Graz and London. He is best known as a moving force behind the Frankfurt school of Marxist “critical theory” which tried to rethink the relationship between culture, politics and society. What is striking…

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