Diana Evans is the author of the novels, Ordinary People, The Wonder and 26a. Her journalism has appeared in The Guardian, Financial Times, Red Magazine, The Times, Harper’s Bazaar and other publications.

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Michael Jackson, King of Pop Art

Kehinde Wiley: Equestrian Portrait of King Philip II, 2009

An exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery gathers together the work of forty-eight disparate artists exploring the legacy of perhaps the most frequently depicted cultural figure in history, and his fame is their common palette. Michael Jackson is inseparable from this astronomical celebrity. It was his making and his tragedy. It glows with a bright, mournful edge from every one of these artworks, probing the question of what might have been if his enormous success had not in some way required, or at least contributed to, his eventual annihilation.