Michael Jackson is quite easily the most influential man in music of all time, if not one of the most influential men in music, depending on where you sit.
The influence of this multi-talented musician and entertainer on artists worldwide is now the subject of an exhibition, Michael Jackson: On The Wall, at London’s National Portrait Gallery.
The exhibition, which is part of the National Portrait Gallery’s summer season, has opened to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday this year on 29 August 2018.
While Michael Jackson’s significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story.
Michael Jackson: On The Wall brings together the works of over 40 artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.
Pop artist Andy Warhol famously depicted Michael Jackson, using the musician’s image for one of his colourful screenprints in 1982.
Andy Warhol’s famous print of the “King of Pop”, and images taken by celebrity photographer David LaChapelle sit alongside some of Michael Jackson’s album artworks, as well artworks from lesser known artists at the National Portrait Gallery exhibition.
The last work that Michael Jackson commissioned – an equestrian painting by Kehinde Wiley of Michael Jackson sitting astride a horse – is also included in this must-see exhibition for MJ fans of all generations.
Michael Jackson: On The Wall is on at the National Portrait Gallery until 21 October 2018
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea