As I predicted yesterday the art critics have started weighing in on Mohamed Al Fayed’s Michael Jackson statue.
Louisa Buck, contemporary art correspondent for The Art Newspaper
A work of art is whatever anybody says is a work of art. It’s a sculpture, it’s an art work but, to my mind, it’s almost so bad it’s almost good.
The thing is, it’s a spectacular piece of kitsch. But, as Jeff Koons has proved, in certain contexts puppy dogs and, in fact, images of Michael Jackson can become multi-million selling artworks.
But it’s all a matter of context – that ‘s the thing. One person’s kitsch is another person’s art work, but this is just quite creepy and nasty.
Fisun Guner, art critic for The Arts Desk website
I don’t know what it’s made of but it’s basically a blown-up, vaguely look-a-like doll. I’m sure you’ll be able to get a version of one in Toys R Us very soon.
It certainly looks as if his plasticky limbs were too stiff to co-ordinate properly so he’s doing a bit of a constipated, Metal Mickey dance.
When I first saw it, it made me laugh. But I expected it to look exactly as it does because, obviously, Mr Al Fayed is a man of great taste and minimalist restraint.
However, I have a strong feeling that Michael would have simply loved it.