Michael Jackson, the “King of Pop”,
would have been 60 on 29 August 2018.
While some people are known by just one name – Madonna, Cher, Bono, Sting – he could be recognised by just his hand or his eyes, his silhouette or a single dance move. Some have said that made him more than a star.
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
It had been almost a decade since Michael died of an accidental overdose. Now his star appeal and influence on contemporary art have been recognised by a special exhibition. The National Portrait Gallery is currently running “Michael Jackson: On the Wall”.
This exhibition includes images of him and explores his image, inspiration and legacy. There is a wide variety of work on display by 48 international artists. They are drawn from public and private collections around the world, and include new works made especially for the exhibition.
In one room a pair of shoes are suspended by balloons as a nod to Jackson’s signature dance moves. The Dangerous album cover by Mark Ryden is blown up to form an arch into another room.