What can you do about boredom? Beat It with a Michael Jackson exhibition. We all have a certain image that comes to mind when we think of Michael Jackson, be it his iconic dance moves, his endless repertoire of songs you just can’t sit still to, or fashion statements like his sparkly white gloves and military jackets. But something we rarely consider is the impact he had on the art world, despite being THE most depicted cultural figure in visual art. So, for the first time ever, works depicting Michael Jackson by over forty contemporary artists are going to be brought together, in a brand new exhibition next year at the National Portrait Gallery, Michael Jackson: On The Wall. And it’s going to be a Thriller.
Aptly timed to coincide with Jackson’s would-be 60th birthday, the exhibition will ask why so many contemporary artists have been drawn to him as a subject, and why he is still so prominent in our collective cultural imagination – it’s clear there’s more to it than a simple question of Black or White. Artists featured include Andy Warhol, Isa Genzken, Maggi Hambling, David LaChapelle, Paul McCarthy, Catherine Opie, Yan Pei Ming, Grayson Perry, Jordan Wolfson and many more. Missing this exhibition would be a very Bad idea indeed, and it’s lining up to be a sell-out – your friends will be Billie Green with envy if you manage to get your hands on tickets.
The exhibition will be open every day until 6pm (9pm on Thursdays and Fridays) so there’s no need to rush – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough. Learning really has Never Felt So Good.
Michael Jackson: On The Wall will run from 28th June – 21st October 2018.