George Michael was not only an influential figure in the world of pop music, he also had a major impact on the visual arts. In 2007 the late pop icon founded the Goss-Michael Foundation in Dallas, Texas with his former partner Kenny Goss, creating what is recognized as one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States.
Kenny Goss recently took to the Facebook page of the Goss-Michael Foundation to respond to the news of George Michael’s death. On the passing of George Michael, Kenny Goss said:
“I'm heartbroken with the news that my dear friend and longtime love George Michael has passed. He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much. He was an extremely kind and generous man. The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who also loved and admired him.”
In addition to displaying the private collection, which includes works by the likes of Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Marc Quinn, and Michael Craig-Martin, the Goss-Michael Foundation also supports an Artist-In-Residence program, works with Texas-based artists as part of its (FEATURE) program, and presents exhibitions of works by select international artists.
The Goss-Michael Foundation collection consists of around 500 works by more than 100 of the most influential contemporary British artists. According to the Goss-Michael Foundation website, each work is personally chosen by the founders, reflecting what is described as “their personal preferences, tastes and interests as well as those of the artists with whom they have formed friendships.”