Jacky Klein

Jacky Klein is an art historian, author and broadcaster.

Passionate, enthusiastic and knowledgeable, her interests range from modernism to performance art, the history of the avant-garde to Renaissance Venetian art and architecture, the history of sex and gender to contemporary craft.

She co-presented ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ for BBC4 with Bendor Grosvenor in autumn 2016, travelling the UK to discover some of the greatest lost paintings in our national collections. She has contributed to BBC1 ‘Imagine’, BBC Radio 3's 'Free Thinking', appeared as a contestant on both series of Griff Rhys Jones’s ‘Quizeum’ for BBC4, and been a talking head on a number of Bloomberg TV’s arts documentaries in the ‘Brilliant Ideas’ series. She regularly broadcasts for the Art Fund, for whom she has made short films – on artists from Matisse, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jake and Dinos Chapman to Berthe Morisot, Turner and Constable – and previews of the best exhibitions to see each season across the UK. In 2016 she presented Christie’s first Facebook Live event, previewing a series of major sales from their London auction house.

After gaining First Class honours in History at the University of Oxford, Jacky took a Masters with Distinction in European Modernism at the Courtauld Institute in London, before going on to work at the Tate and Barbican art galleries. As a curator at the Courtauld and Hayward galleries, she worked on a range of exhibitions on artists from Rubens to Wyndham Lewis, Quentin Blake to Antony Gormley. In 2008, she jumped sideways into the world of art publishing, taking up the role of Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson, where she produced monographs on contemporary artists such as Bill Viola, Mark Wallinger and Cornelia Parker, major art history books and publications for students and professionals. Jacky is now Commissioning Editor-at-Large at Tate Publishing, overseeing the gallery's art and children's books.

She is the author of Grayson Perry (Thames & Hudson, 2009/updated and expanded 2013) and co-author of a number of books including Body of Art (Phaidon, 2015) and What is Contemporary Art? A Children’s Guide (Thames & Hudson / Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2012), written with her sister, the broadcaster Suzy Klein, and available in ten editions from Catalan to Korean.

Jacky is frequently invited to lecture, talk and give tours for galleries, museums, literary festivals and cultural bodies including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, the Courtauld Institute, University College London, the London College of Fashion, the UK Association of Art Historians, Christie's Education, Artangel, Bloomberg Space, and the Hay, Cheltenham and Cambridge Literary Festivals. Since 2015 she has been the modern and contemporary art lecturer for the John Hall Venice Course which takes place each year in the spring, where her talks focus on the Venice biennale, a history of the art world, and the life, work and collection of Peggy Guggenheim.

She is a Trustee of the Wyndham Lewis Charitable Trust and of the UK Association of Art Historians.

Jacky’s website: www.jackyklein.co.uk
She tweets as @jackyklein28

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