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Jeff Koons’ Michael Jackson and Bubbles (1988) at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
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MICHAEL AND JEFF
by Charlie Finch



In 1993 Life magazine published an exclusive tour of Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch, with color photos of the monstrous kitsch that the singer collected. Coincidentally, the first child molestation scandal involving Jackson broke a month later. One of Jackson’s vanity paintings depicted him surrounded by ecstatic children, reading from a giant black book of fairy tales. The book was propped between his legs in such a way that the spine of the book protuded like a giant phallus pointing straight back to the devilish grin on Jackson’s face.

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