Monet lampshades, Van Gogh wallpaper, Picasso mugs, Tracey Emin tea towels… it’s easy to think of modern art as an effortless lifestyle adornment. But as art historian Jacky Klein shows, each great leap forward in art has been accompanied by – if not a direct result of – conceptual and philosophical thinking of the most radical kind. She charts the rise of radical thinking in modern art, from its origins in the 1870s – sparked by the choice of a single word – to the revolutionary manifestos and movements of the early 20th century and the conceptual experiments of the sixties, finding radical thought in everything from an apple to a bicycle wheel.


Jacky Klein

Jacky Klein is an art historian, publisher, writer and broadcaster, specialising in modern and contemporary art. After studying at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, she worked as a curator at a number of leading galleries: Tate, the Barbican, the Courtauld and the Hayward. In 2008, she moved sideways into the world of art publishing, first as Commissioning Editor at Thames & Hudson, then as Executive Editor at Tate Publishing and subsequently as Director of HENI Publishing, a small independent arts publisher.