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Michael Jackson: On The Wall • AWK

Michael Jackson: On The Wall • AWK

Michael Jackson aka The King of Pop is one of the 20th century’s most influential artists whose legacy lives on till today.

Born in an industrial city in the Midwest, Gary Indiana, he was the first black musician to achieve fame internationally and broke down any barriers & stereotypes that were once hindrances to the opportunities open to African-American artists.


The On The Wall exhibition focuses on the King of Pops impact on contemporary art and not his life per say. Michael Jackson’s influence on choreography also plays an important role at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, for which three French choreographers were invited to create film performances, which were all featured in different stages of the exhibition.

Michael Jackson’s image and music continue to have a wide influence on cultural life. Though his impact on musical dance, short film and fashion is widely recognized, little attention has been paid to his significance in contemporary art.

From the 1908’s to the present day, many artists tecniques have been inspired by Michael Jackson and this spans through various age groups & backgrounds.

The On The Wall Exhibition takes both a chronological and a themed approach. It aims to highlight the aesthetic, culture, social and political questions raised by Michael Jackson in the minds of artists.

As part of Art With Kanga: Paris Expedition, the Kanga Team hit up the Grand Palais, Paris to witness this brilliant exhibition.

The exhibition features several spaces which featured MJ inspired art, with inspiration drawn from his iconic silhouettes, clothing, gloves, shoes and hat (A Legendary Dancer Room) with work from artists such as; Dara Birnbaum, Appu Junior Boakye-Yiadom, Raphaëlle Delaunay and Michael Gittes.

Another space within the exhibition (The Advent of The King of Pop) featured works by twelve artists, including; Susan Smith-Pinelo, Rodney McMillan, Glenn Ligon, Rashid Johnson, Dawn Mellor and Graham Dolphin exploring his transition from child star to global celebrity. This exhibition space also explored MJs encounters with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, two iconic Pop Art artists.


FUN FACT: After an interview by Warhol with MJ in 1977 on his work on The Wiz (1978) film, Warhol photographed MJ on several occasions and started collecting souvenirs, items and documents relating to him and in October 1982, Warhol chose MJs image for the cover of his magazine “Interview”

Other spaces included;

Metamorphosis

A Citizen of the World

The Mask

Icon and Idol

Splittings

Quotations and

Timeless

A plethora of artists from around the world, including Todd Gray, David Hammons, Kobena Mercer, Isaac Lythgoe, David LaChapelle, Michael Robinson, Maggi Hambling, Paul Pfeiffer, Isa Genzken, Lorraine O’Grady and Kehinde Wiley were featured, all with their spectacular interpretations from the life and the art of one of the most influential artists (music, fashion, dance, film, art) of all time Michael Jackson.

KANGA LOVES! Thank you MJ for being an inspiration. 

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