Exhibition Explores Michael Jackson as Artists' Inspiration


A new art exhibition in London depicts Michael Jackson as a savior, a saint, an entertainer, an icon, a monarch, a mask and a mystery.

The National Portrait Gallery show explores the way contemporary artists have been drawn to the late King Pop, as an artistic inspiration, a tragic figure and a fascinating enigma.

Gathering work by 48 artists, the exhibit includes Jackson-inspired paintings, photographs, videos, textiles and ceramics. It ranges from 1980s pop-art portraits by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring to David LaChapelle’s depictions a Christ-like Jackson and Kehinde Wiley’s vast portrait the entertainer as a king on horseback.

Curator Nicholas Cullinan said Wednesday that the show, coming nine years after Jackson’s death, explores “how he could mean so many different things to so many people.”

"Off the Wall" at the National Portrait Gallery in London opens tomorrow (June 28).