Michael Jackson, art muse*


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While others are remembering Michael Jackson for incomparable contributions to pop music, Culture Monster remembers Jackson as an inspiration to pop artists Jeff Koons and Andy Warhol.

Above is Koons’ ‘Michael Jackson and Bubbles,’ which sits in the Broad Contemporary Art Museum at the LACMA. The life-size white porcelain masterpiece of Jackson and his pet chimpanzee is owned by Eli Broad. Last year, Times art critic Christopher Knight dubbed it ‘arguably the World’s Largest Knickknack.’


At left is Warhol’s 1984 ‘Michael Jackson,’ created as a cover for Time magazine. *[UPDATED: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that the Warhol work was from 1974.]

And that’s not all. For more images of artworks inspired by the King of Pop, click on the photo gallery at right.

--Sherry Stern

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Credits, from top: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts