Thriller (Black and White) by Graham Dolphin 2017. Courtesy of the artistConsidered one of the most influential cultural icons of the 20th century, his importance has been recognised in the areas of music, video (his video for Thriller is the most famous and acclaimed of all time, considered a real American national treasure, to the extent of being included in the National Film Register of the Library of Congress of the United States), dance, choreography and fashion, although his impact on contemporary art has never previously been explored. Michael Jackson is without doubt one of the most frequently portrayed figures in the visual arts, ever since the first time that Andy Warhol used his image in 1982.
An Illuminating Path by David LaChapelle 1998. Courtesy of the artist © David LaChapelle
MICHAEL JACKSON: ON THE WALL, sponsored by BOSS and Sony Music, explores the reasons why so many artists feel an affinity towards the figure of Jacko, contributing to the growth of his myth and further transforming him into a character of enormous cultural significance.
The selection includes works by some of the greatest contemporary artists (Keith Haring, David LaChapelle and Andy Warhol, to name just a few) along with others from rising stars of the artistic world, sourced from public and private collections across the globe, and including some works created specifically for the exhibition.
Little else would be required to evoke the memory of Michael Jackson and the impact that his voice and his art have left on the history of world music.