2016 is already shaping up to be a veeery interesting year for Iggy Pop. Aside from the release of his 17th album, Post Pop Depression, the punk pioneer is collaborating with horror maestro Dario Argento, as well as starring in the silent, ‘post–rockcalyptic’ thriller Gutterdammerung. He’s even decided to branch out into the art world – teaming up with British artist Jeremy Deller for his very own, extra-special, totally nude life drawing session.
Lying languidly across the table of a New York Academy of Art classroom last Sunday, the 68-year-old icon showed off his assets to a room of 21 specially selected artists. The resulting drawings were then collected, and will reportedly be shown in a special Brooklyn Museum exhibition, titled Iggy Pop Life Class, in autumn. The show is expected to tour the rest of the US later in the year.
In an official press release, Deller divulged more about the project: “The life class is a special place in which to scrutinize the human form. As the bedrock of art education and art history, it is still the best way to understand the body. For me it makes perfect sense for Iggy Pop to be the subject of a life class; his body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture. His body has witnessed much and should be documented.”
The (lucky?) artists were selected by Deller, as well as Brooklyn Museum’s Sharon Matt Atkins – and apparently span all ages, races and genders. More can be read about the project here.
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