National Portrait Gallery - Michael Jackson. Off the wall

This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday (on August 29, 2018).
Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story. Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists.
For the first time, Michael Jackson: On the Wall will bring together the works of over forty of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.
An illuminating path, 1998 by David LaChapelle. Copyright: Courtesy of the artist, David LaChapelle.
Michael Jackson 1984 by Andy Warhol. Copyright: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D. C.; Gift of Time magazine.
Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II (Michael Jackson), 2010 by Kehinde Wiley. Copyright: Olbricht Collection, Berlin. Courtesy of Stephen Friedman Gallery, London and Sean Kelly Gallery, New York.
Wind (Michael/David), 2009 by Isa Genzken. Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, New York. Copyright: Courtesy of neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Photo by Jens Ziehe, Berlin.

Start date: June 28, 2018
End date: September 23, 2018
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