Leaving Neverland, Jacob Collier, Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern
Should we play Michael Jackson's music? We discuss Leaving Neverland and cultural ethics, Grammy-award winner Jacob Collier performs live, Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern reviewed.
How much should we separate art from the artist’s behaviour? With new sexual abuse allegations concerning Michael Jackson in the forthcoming documentary Leaving Neverland and R Kelly being charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse – writers Anna Leszkiewicz, Ekow Eshun and Dreda Say Mitchell consider the extent to which we should boycott or continue to appreciate an individual’s work in the light of questions over their behaviour.
On the eve of his world tour, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer, and Grammy award-winner Jacob Collier talks about working with an orchestra after his rise to fame as a solo performer. He also plays a composition from his latest record, Djesse Volume 1, live in the studio, the first of a quartet of albums to be released this year.
Dorothea Tanning wanted to depict ‘unknown but knowable states’ in her work, flirting with ideas of surrealism and abstraction. Tanning was an American who emigrated with her husband Max Ernst to Paris in the 50s, where she moved away from painting to make sculptures out of fabric. As a retrospective of her work opens at Tate Modern and Virago re-publish her novel Chasm, we assess the life and work of Tanning, and consider if the new Tate show does her justice.
Presenter: Stig Abell
Producer: Ben Mitchell
Leaving Neverland is on Channel 4 on 06 and 07 March, and on HBO on 03 and 04 March 2019.
Main image above: Michael Jackson and Wade Robson
Image credit: Pro Co
Image to the left: Michael Jackson at Disneyland 1998, taken by James safechuck.
Image credit: James Safechuck archive/Amos Pictures
Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern
Dorothea Tanning is at Tate Modern, London from 27 February - 09 June 2019.
Image: Installation view of Dorothea Tanning at Tate Modern, showing Birthday 1942
Image credit: (c) Tate photography (Oli Cowling)