Michael Jackson in Art

17 July 2012

June 25th marked the 3rd anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, but he’s still very much alive in the hearts and minds of the public, and of the artistic community. The King of Pop has been depicted by a large selection of artists throughout his illustrious career and still remains a popular subject.

Among the most famous Michael Jackson artworks you will find Andy Warhol’s series of colourful screen-prints of Jackson’s face, created in 1984, when Jackson was at the peak of his fame after the release of Thriller in 1982. Michael Jackson and Bubbles, a ceramic statue created by Jeff Koons in 1988, shows a reclined Michael Jackson with his pet chimp Bubbles, in shades of cream and gold. In 2006 artist and filmmaker John Waters created Playdate, consisting of two figures: Michael Jackson, with a baby’s body in pink leotard; crawls towards the seated baby Charles Manson, wearing a black leotard. The figures were created out of silicone, human and synthetic hair. Photographer David LaChapelle released a series of photographs of Jackson in 2009, in them Jackson is pictured as: Archangel Michael; in a Pieta in the arms of a Jesus-like figure, titled American Jesus; and in The Beautification in which he stands next to the Virgin Mary. In 2010 Marc Quinn created two enormous marble sculptures of the head and hand of Jackson titled Man in the Mirror: both statues are each other’s photonegative one white face and black hair and the other a black face with white hair. More recently a sculpture created by Maria von Köhler in 2011 of Michael Jackson hanging out of a window while dangling his blanket covered baby out of it, stirred quite a commotion in East London where it’s located. The sculpture recreates a famous scene from a Berlin hotel, back in 2002.
The fact that these works still evoke public uproar shows the impact Michael Jackson made on the world through his music.

At Famous Auction House you can find several original pieces signed by Michael Jackson, such as a black fedora hat made by hand for Jackson and signed by the artist on the rim. As well as hand written notes, and a Dutch football shirt on which Jackson wrote Heal the World with black marker pen, before signing it below.

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