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 2016, travelling the UK to discover some of the greatest lost paintings in our national collections. She has contributed to BBC1 ‘Imagine’, BBC Radio's 'Front Row' and '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 arts documentaries in the ‘Brilliant Ideas’ series. She has made films for the Art Fund, Tate, Heni Talks and more, and since 2016 has presented Christie’s Facebook Live broadcasts, previewing 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 as a curator at the Tate, Barbican, Courtauld and Hayward galleries. In 2008, she jumped sideways into the world of art publishing as 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. In 2015 Jacky became Executive Editor at Tate Publishing, overseeing the gallery's art and children's books, and then ran Heni Publishing, an independent arts publisher based in Soho, London.
She is the author of Grayson Perry (Thames & Hudson, 2009 / 3rd edition due 2020) 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, Chatsworth 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 for Art History.
Jacky’s website: www.jackyklein.co.uk