Title: Independent Curator
Affiliation: Michael Klein Arts
Michael Klein is an artist’s agent and freelance consultant and curator for individuals, institutions and arts organizations. He is a highly regarded writer, curator, and program director and has been the executive director of the International Sculpture Center based in New Jersey. Klein has been a regular contributor to Sculpture Magazine in addition to writing reviews and feature articles for Art in America, ARTnews, Artnet and theartsection.com, among others. He also serves as adjunct faculty to Pratt Institute and New York University in New York. Between 1983 and 1997 he was owner of Michael Klein Gallery, New York representing some 20 emerging and mid career American and European artists. As an independent curator Klein has organized museum and gallery exhibitions specializing in contemporary and 20th century art topics in the areas of painting, sculpture and photography for Independent Curators International, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, Contemporary Arts Museum, USF, Tampa and Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans. He has authored catalog essays on such artists as David Bates, Lynda Benglis, Jane Dickson, Mel Kendrick, Alex Katz, Louise Nevelson and Paul Thek, as well as articles on Jonathan Borofsky, Malcolm Morley, Matthew McCaslin and H.C. Westermann. He has presented public lectures and served as the first Curator for the Microsoft Art Collection based in Redmond, Washington between 1999 and 2005 directing art acquisitions, commissions, collection management and an education program for the company’s 50,000 employees. He also serves as adjunct faculty to Pratt Institute and New York University in New York. Today Michael Klein Arts works with a diverse group of artists including Sanford Biggers, Stuart Arends, and Jane Rosen. At the same time the company services institutional and private collectors with an eye to developing collections of emerging, mid career and established artist as well as strategic planning and program development for such clients as Maryland Art Place's Grace Hartigan Bequest and the Allan Stone Estate.