“Michael Jackson: On the Wall”

National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin's Place
June 28–October 21

Curated by Nicholas Cullinan

The impact Michael Jackson has had on pop culture and art in the late twentieth century is unmatched. The long-lasting echoes of his boundary-pushing music videos and out-of-this-world aesthetic choices were so successful that we tend to overlook how avant-garde they were at the time, as well as how beautiful. This exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, which includes the work of more than forty artists, ranging from Andy Warhol to Isa Genzken, should help to explore Jackson’s artistic impact and shine a light on those influenced by the singer—who is, according to the institution, “the most depicted cultural figure in visual art.” Travels to the Grand Palais, Paris, November 2018–February 2019;  the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, March–July 2019; and Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland, August–November 2019.