Andy Warhol – Michael Jackson (1984)

As perhaps one of the most famous men alive during the last quarter of the 20th century and beyond, Michael Jackson transcended just music.  He became a part of our culture at large and became a figure in visual arts.  While there will be much more art coming soon in memorial of his life and as the countless Michael Jackson news, tributes and articles continue to inundate the media, let’s take a look back at some of those most famous and well-known pieces and a couple of more recent ones.

More pictures after the jump…


Andy Warhol – Michael Jackson (1984)

Hank Willis Thomas – Time Can Be a Villain or a Friend (1984)

Mark Flood – Michael (1984)


Paul Bedard – Portrait of Famous Figures Wearing Glasses (1985)was part of Jackson’s collection and was to be included in the auction (that was cancelled) of his personal items.

Mark Flood – Michael & E.T. (1985)

Mark Ryden – Dangerous [album cover] (1991)

James Butler – Statue of Michael Jackson – at one point overlooked Piccadilly Circus in London.

Jeff Koons – Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) – Probably the most famous and popular Michael Jackson work of art.

Paul McCarthy – Michael Jackson Fucked Up (Big Head) (2002) – Made in response to Jeff Koons’ piece.  Sold in 2008 at Christies for $2,210,500.

David Nordahl – Moonrise (1995) - was part of Jackson’s collection and was to be included in the auction (that was cancelled) of his personal items.

David Nordahl – Study for Field of Dreams - was part of Jackson’s collection and was to be included in the auction (that was cancelled) of his personal items.

David Nordahl – Untitled Triptych - was part of Jackson’s collection and was to be included in the auction (that was cancelled) of his personal items.

Faile – MJ (2006)

Mr. Brainwash – Michael Jackson (2009)

Photos courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation, Jack Shainman Gallery, Sothebys, Christies, Hauser & Wirth, Faile, Mr. Brainwash, Zach Feuer Gallery and Julien’s Auctions.