Though the extent of Michael Jackson’s cultural influence has long been clear in the fields of music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, his impact on contemporary art has not often been recognised. This exhibition sets out to show how Jackson inspired some of the leading names in contemporary art.
Since Andy Warhol first used Jackson’s image in 1982, the pop star has been depicted by artists from Catherine Opie to Hank Willis Thomas, and from Maggi Hambling to Grayson Perry, while emerging figures are also included in the roster of over 40 artists on show. The exhibition asks not only why so many contemporary artists have been drawn to Jackson as a subject over the decades, but also why he continues to loom so large in our collective cultural imagination.
The exhibition is curated by Nicholas Cullinan, the National Portrait Gallery’s director, and will tour to Paris, Bonn, and Finland. Find out more about the ‘Michael Jackson’ exhibition from the NPG’s website.
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