Michael Jackson: On The Wall

Looking at the man in the mirror 

This summer, a landmark exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery shines a spotlight on a man whose influence on culture is perhaps greater than any other music artist: Michael Jackson.

From the iconic rhinestone glove and the legendary moonwalk, to music videos that have entered into pop culture consciousness – Michael Jackson remains one of the most immediately recognised cultural figures to come out of the 20th century.

Although his influence on music, fashion and choreography is undeniable, what’s less known is his considerable impact on contemporary art. He first grabbed the art-world headlines back in 1984, when Andy Warhol produced a silkscreen print of the star for the cover of Time magazine, following the phenomenal success of his album, Thriller.

Since then, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in contemporary art. This fascinating exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery brings together the work of over 40 leading artists, including Maggi Hambling, Gary Hume and Grayson Perry. Produced in cooperation with the Michael Jackson Estate, the exhibition has sourced works from public and private collections all over the world, and coincides with what would have been the star’s 60th birthday.

All the artists included, despite coming from different generations and employing a range of media, are fascinated by what Jackson represented and what he invented

Nicholas Cullinan, National Portrait Gallery Director

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28 June - 21 October 2018


National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London WC2H 0HE