Saturday, August 27, 2011
MICHAEL JACKSON'S PRIVATE ART HANGER
Jackson's sketch of the White House doors, to which he
added the following quote from John Adams:
"I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men [MJ's addition:] or women rule under this roof."
Until now, Michael Jackson's art collection was shrouded in mystery. It was said to be stuck in a legal dispute over possession. Then, people speculated that buyers such as Cirque du Soleil's Guy Laliberté were interested.
One crucial fact: Jackson's art collection isn't
art by other people -- it's mainly drawings and paintings
that he created himself.
LA Weekly was the first to visit the (until now)
top-secret Santa Monica Airport hangar that Jackson
used as his studio and art storehouse. The collection is
currently owned by Brett-Livingstone Strong, the
Australian monument builder and Jackson's art mentor
through the years, in conjunction with the Jackson estate.
Though the entire art collection has been mired in
disputes and battles for rights, Strong claims that
he is working with everybody -- the family, the estate,
as well as others -- to exhibit and publish as much of Jackson's work as possible.
Strong's own description of Jackson at work, during
the time where they shared a studio in a house in
Pacific Palisades, Strong adds:
He was in a very light and happy mood most of the time.
He would have the oldies on, and sometimes he'd hear
some of his Jackson Five songs. He'd kind of move along
to that, but most of the time he would change it and
listen to a variety of songs. He liked classical music.
His inspiration to create was that he loved life, and
wanted to express his love of life in some of these simple