The exhibition asks why Jackson continues to loom so prominentlay in our collective imagination to this day and why he inspires so many contemporary artists. Growing up in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Jackson's music was formative to many atists. Others have even closely collaborated with him. They are all united by their fascination with what Jackson represented and what he created.
- Dr. Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
From Dolphin to Warhol
Andy Warhol was the first artist to create an artistic representation of Michael Jackson, thereby proving his cultural savvy and vision. In 1982, he chose Jackson for the cover of Interview magazine, which Warhol had founded. In 1984, he created one more portrait, this time for the cover of Time magazine. He didn't stop there: Warhol's works continued to feature Jackson's image, for example the silkscreen portraits shown at the exhibition.
Graham Dolphin, a contemporary British artist, also takes on Jackson as an artistic subject. In doing so, he approaches the topics of fan culture and idolization. To this day, Jackson has a faithful fan base all over the world, and his albums released after 2009, including unpublished material, sold just as well as those on which he worked in his lifetime. The fascination in the King of Pop remains unbroken to this day.