Colette Presents ‘Neverland Lost’

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Colette, which is situated in Paris, is presenting an exhibition about the photobook ‘Neverland Lost’ by Henry Leutwyler. The exhibition will be from September 1st to October 4th2014. The exhibition opens at 6 p.m on September 3rd.

Henry Leutwyler is an internationally recognized photographer, who was born in Switzerland and based in New York. His work has been the subject of numerous publications and was praised repeatedly. This is his first solo exhibition in France.

‘Neverland Lost’ examines the illusion of Michael Jackson through his glittering iconic products, which were to be sold by auction. This is a thorough documentary via the lens of Leutwyler.

Within these photos, the viewer is encouraged to understand the inner turmoil of a man caught between the public persona of one of the greatest artists of all time and his private life which, sadly, was considered isolated and troubled at times.

The famous sparkling socks that exceeded patent leather shoes are removed to be just ordinary knee socks decorated with rhinestones. Jackets or shirts adorned with sequined scarves and shoulder pads are marked with traces of makeup and sweat. Through demystifying neutral portraits, Leutwyler creates yet in ‘Neverland Lost’ a catalogue of most images that, for some, may be too intimate to behold.

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You will find the exhibition here:

Colette

213 rue Saint-Honoré

75001 Paris

Tel: 01 55 35 33 90

Fax: 01 55 35 33 99

contact@colette.fr

Henry Leutwyler writes about ‘Neverland Lost – A Portrait of Michael Jackson’

“This collection of photographs was never intended to be a book. In February of 2009, I flew to California on a magazine assignment to photograph the iconic white glove of pop star Michael Jackson. Even though I am a lifelong portrait photographer, I have always had the urge to investigate people through the simplicity of the artefacts that make up their lives. I went to Los Angeles with one vision in mind and little more than a day to capture it. Michael Jackson’s primary home at Neverland had been vacant for several years and his belongings lay packed and stored in crates, awaiting public auction. When I arrived at the venue for the shoot, I had no idea what I’d find. What I discovered in those crates evoked in me a deep sadness. From the man who would be king, his artefacts were of the simplest design. A sequined tube sock. A child’s trinket. The famous glove – so revealing in its dime store simplicity, so mundane in its plainness. I completed the initial assignment in two days, yet found myself unable to leave. My assistants and I remained on location for another twenty-four hours, poring over more than a thousand items from which we had to choose our images. I returned to New York after three days, with a premonition that the task wasn’t finished.

It seems that an individual’s belongings rarely become available without some tragedy as a backdrop. Despite my exhaustive efforts to create a window into Jackson’s private world, the portrait was not complete. I knew there were other objects that had not been made available to be photographed. In April of 2009, I flew back to California. Through perseverance and good fortune, we were granted one last access. This time, when I returned to New York, I had the pieces I needed to complete the story. Shortly thereafter, our investigation became a documentation of a life cut short. It is said that the Pharaohs built tombs to reveal their lives to future generations. Michael Jackson sacrificed his childhood to the calling of his musical gift. Neverland was the pyramid he constructed to a lost childhood. The artefacts captured in this book return us to the Neverland he lost.”

Henry Leutwyler, Winter 2010, New York City.

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Sridevi Remembers Michael Jackson Through Painting

Sources: ZeeNews India | All Things Michael

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New Delhi: Michael Jackson is long gone, but his legacy remains. The pop star has many fans across the world and veteran Bollywood beauty Sridevi is one of them.

The ‘English Vinglish’ star also has another passion – painting. She put her talent of painting on canvas and made a fabulous imagery of the King of Pop. She shared her work on Twitter:

Michael Jackson would have turned 56 this year. The singer had died in 2009 much to the dismay of millions of his fans.

The actress who is herself known for her excellent dance skills had made this painting for her daughter and her skills are quite commendable.

We wonder, if she had not pursued a career in the film industry, she might have given MF Hussain a run for his money!

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Michael Jackson Audio Comic Book To Mark King Of Pop’s Birthday

Sources: BlueWater Production | All Things Michael

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Bluewater Productions is proud to announce a new audio comic book about the life of superstar Michael Jackson. The updated release, Tribute: Michael Jackson is in celebration of what would have been the King of Pop’s fifty-sixth birthday on August 29th. In conjunction with the audiobook, an expanded edition of the original comic book,Fame: Michael Jackson, a 40-page graphic novel, will be available in print and digital formats.

Several Jackson family members have expressed their appreciation regarding this touching tribute to Michael.

Michael Jackson’s reign as the King of Pop is celebrated in the latest biographical comic book from Bluewater Productions. The newest addition to the publisher’s critically acclaimed library features a cover and foreword by artist and friend of Jackson’s Giuseppe Mazzola. The life of the world’s most popular entertainer was infused with fantasy and tragedy. His discography is legendary. His legacy is complicated and unparalleled.

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In a partnership with Colonial Radio Theatre, one of the top, award-winning producers of audio drama, Bluewater has produced audiobooks based off three pop culture subjects of their sold-out comic book series. These updated versions of the comic books have been written by writer Michael Frizell. Audiobooks featuring Princess Diana, One Direction, and Justin Bieber were released earlier this year, while Selena Gomez, Demi Lovat,o and Taylor Swift audiobooks will be released later this fall.

“The stories, and legends, behind the real people featured in Bluewater titles continue to grow. In order to keep the stories timely and current, the scripts had to be expanded. Longtime readers will find something new and up-to-the-minute here, while new readers will be immersed in the topics,” said Frizell.

The Fame series was launched in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful Female Force andPolitical Power biography titles. The comic series allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity status, and continues to produce in the public eye. Individual issues spotlight actors, sports figures, recording artists, and the British royal family.

Bluewater Production’s biography comics have been embraced by the media and featured on several television news outlets including The Today Show, MTV, and on CNN. Their comics and graphic novels have also been featured in publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, Time Magazine, andPeople magazine.

Print copies of the graphic novel of Fame: Michael Jackson as well as the comic book edition can be ordered at Comic Flea Market here: http://bit.ly/18OSz4A. The audio books cost $3.95 and are available through Audible, iTunes and Nook.

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Download the comic to your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, Axis360, Epic!, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender.com, Wheeler, Scoop, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

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Michael Jackson Mural By Levi Ponce Street Art

Sources: Street I Am | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson portraiture gets final brush strokes

Street I Am decided to shoot a series of live videos from the Michael Jackson mural site over the last two weeks. Last week the portrait was due to be finished and our readers were there . The mural is the second mural of a two mural site from artist Levi Ponce. The site is located at 4900 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, California, USA. The site features murals of Jimi Hendrix and the latest, that of Michael Jackson.

Arriving with work in progress

When I arrived, there was already a small crew with Levi. Some helping out, all in a festive mood. Fellow Pacoima local and new muralist, JP of JP Murals was there. Look for jpmurals on Instagram to see some of his work. Also San Fernando Valley Art Collective Beats & Pieces came to give support and praise.

Arriving at the Michael Jackson mural site – Levi Ponce artist – 81714 at 231 PM PDT

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Levi Ponce was born and raised in Pacoima California a Los Angeles adjacent community in the San Fernando Valley. He is a guiding light of the emerging Pacoima street art scene.  Levi is inspired to create his murals and other public art projects as an expression of his love of community. He has even donated some of his amazing artwork to the community and the greater LA area.

Here are a few pictures from our Instagram feed taken at the mural site over the last two weeks.

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Follow Levi Ponce on Twitter @levifonzponce

SEE ALL OF OUR LIVE VIDEO FEEDS FROM THE MICHAEL JACKSON MURAL SITE RECORDED 08/17/14  Check out the interview with new muralist JP of JP Murals.

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“Icons of Music, Then and Now” Pop Art Exhibition at The House of Music

Sources: PRWeb | All Things Michael

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MJ portrait by the late Steve Kaufman

Grado, Italy – American Pop Art, Inc. is proud to present “Icons of Music: Then and Now,” a series of brilliant pop art portraits of the world’s most recognizable musicians, now through September 14, 2014 at The House of Music in Grado, Italy. This exhibition is curated by Serena Bobbo, and organized by the Municipality of Grado, and by Diana Vachier and Alberto Panizzoli of American Pop Art, Inc. and Steve Kaufman Art Licensing, LLC.

“Icons of Music: Then and Now” features original, unique portraits of famous musicians from Mozart to Michael Jackson—all painted by the late Steve Alan Kaufman (SAK), American pop artist and former assistant to Andy Warhol. Steve Kaufman is well known for his lavish use of color, and these crisp, impactful images will captivate people of all ages and restore memories of many songs.

Steve Kaufman’s tremendous passion for art made him look backwards into history before he would proceed forward. He was deeply moved by the great masters of art, music, and literature. And so, Steve Kaufman did a series of paintings during the mid 1990s to show his respect for those who preceded him and greatly influenced his life.

“Icons of Music: Then and Now,” offers visitors a vivid perspective of Mozart, Beethoven, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Elvis, Frank Sinatra, and even Marilyn Monroe. The artist calls attention to these great figures, these icons that are now part of the collective imagination. These stars became significant reference points of their time—not only in music, but also as legends in television, cinema, and high society events. Steve Kaufman transforms the influence of these personalities into moments of meditation on fame. Kaufman himself wore hand-embellished apparel of the distinguished artist that he had become, but he never forgot the life he had before fame, the people he met along the way, and those who had inspired him.

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Particularly significant among the works of Steve Kaufman, in the context of the exhibition “Icons of Music: Then and Now,” are those who represent Michael Jackson and Mozart. First, these two icons represent of the genius of modernity and the eclectic image. Second, they represent the geniality and immortal revolution of music. Both were child prodigies and stars of the stage in their lifetimes, and both prematurely passed away. Mozart and Michael Jackson, as distinct characters of time and history, become the ‘face’ that is the essence of the homage that Steve Kaufman pays to such “iconicism.”

Steve Kaufman shows us these characters, these ‘icons’ in a fresh, new perspective—Art about art that draws on art, listens, and calls back to the art.

The House of Music in Grado, Italy (Comune Di Grado Casa Della Musica) is located at Piazza Biagio Marin 2, 34073 Grado, Italy. Exhibition hours are from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm daily. For more information about Steve Kaufman, please visit http://www.americanpopartinc.com.

 

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Why are All These Awesome Street Art Images of A Young Michael Jackson Appearing Everywhere?

Sources: Global Graphica | All Things Michael

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We recently started seeing a random few of these wheat-paste street art images of a young, Jackson 5-era Michael Jackson appearing on walls around downtown Manhattan. But then this past weekend, these seemed to multiply exponentially and appear everywhere, from the Lower East Side to Brooklyn’s Greenpoint. In the LES, we counted dozens of the “Young MJs” on Ludlow Street alone. These Young MJ wheat-pastes are the work of a mysterious New York-based “celebrity stylist” and artist who goes by the moniker “UnCasso” (a.k.a., “UnCuttArt”). The “Young MJs” come in a variety of colors . In some cases, as pictured below, a single, larger image is composited with several pieces in different colors. Needless to say, we love ‘em.

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Who Cries For This Little Boy?

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He dances and sings with precise execution

Trained to do as he has been told

His voice is magical, his stage presence is astonishing

Still a baby, but already a veteran of old

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Envisioning life through the innocent eyes of a child

But experiencing the reality of an adult life

Singing in smoke-filled night clubs

When he should have been in bed

Witnessing things that never left his head

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He lost his childhood a long time ago

People thought that he meant that he was not allowed to play

But what he lost was so much more

The painful secrets he held inside shaped him into the caring person that he would become

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Music became his only playmate and true friend

Books were his escape to places he’d never been

Imagination and natural ability took him to heights never known

But when all was said and done

The little boy inside was always left standing alone

Picture source: Inner Michael

Picture source: Inner Michael

He once sang in song, “He cries, he cries because there is a lack of love”

Lamenting about a guy named Jack

But Jack was none other than himself

No one protected him when he needed it most

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Now I ask you…..

Who will cry for this little boy?

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Now a man, yet still seeking to know who he is

Have you seen my childhood?

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I’ve searched for it everywhere, but it’s now gone

Do you really know the hurt of my past?

Can you see beyond this fragile wall of glass?

My tender heart is shattered

I dare not trust a soul

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Will you cry with me today?

Please, help me take this burden away!

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Then you will truly understand

He was not a mystery of tales

But a good man, who merely longed to be…just like you and me.

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© All Things Michael 2014 – All rights reserved – Written By MJ WAS A CUTIE PIE

Artist Recreates Amazing Iconic Images Using Old Recycled Tapes

Sources: Metro | MJWN| All Things Michael

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An artist has found an inventive way to create amazing works of art and up-cycle a redundant technology.

Erika Simmons, from Chicago, uses old cassette tape to recreate iconic images of people such as Michael Jackson, John Lennon and Kurt Cobain.

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The 30-year old artist has been creating the works by gluing tape from cassettes, VHS tapes and old audio books on white canvases for the past six years.

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The tapes are donated by people from all over the world who don’t want to see their now useless tapes go to waste.

It takes her a few weeks to make each piece and each one can be anywhere between one and three feet tall.

Who knows – maybe one day we will be making sculptures out of our outdated iPhones?

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