Even as we approach the tenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, the collective consciousness has not quite figured out how to compartmentalise his legacy.
Whatever your thoughts about the man, there is little doubting that his final years on this earth were heartbreaking. Much of the artwork in this exhibition was created during this period, as he wilted from public life in the face of relentless humiliation. The artists that were inspired by him seem to have a deep sympathy for him – a deeply sensitive man who, deprived of a childhood, once compared himself to ET – and this bleeds throughout the exhibition.
But it’s not all doom and gloom – the king of pop’s finest years are well represented, too, with several breathtaking reminders of his unparalleled talent.
Look out for particularly brilliant works from Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle and Kaws (the latter’s work is only a small page in Interview Magazine, encased in a shelf – look out for it).