Michael Jackson vs. The Chapman Brothers’ “Bad Art For Bad People”

11 03 2009

Page 68. Well.

Ever had one of those “hmm… now where have I seen that before” moments?

Exhibit A – Lot 800 in the forthcoming April auction of Michael Jackson ephemera, salvaged from the Faversham-esque halls of Neverland Ranch.

Exhibit B – Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Fuck Face (very, very, very NSFW. I mean, REALLY NSFW. I’m not kidding around here. You have been warned). As exhibited at the prestigious White Cube Gallery in London.

An uneasy resemblance, really. Something as innocent as a be-skewered, basketball playing child is suddenly imbued with an uncomfortable double meaning, whether rightly or wrongly.

Moral of the story? Context in art is everything.

Michael Jackson auction image: via Lisanti Quarterly

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