Iggy Pop is known for playing concerts in various states of undress, but the Godfather of Punk recently stripped down for a different type of artistic endeavour that didn’t involve a musical performance.
On February 21 at the New York Academy of Art, the 68-year-old singer posed nude in front of 21 artists, who created a drawing that will be displayed as part of a Brooklyn Museum exhibit titled “Iggy Pop Life Class” that will open later this year.
The special life-drawing class was conceived by British conceptual artist Jeremy Deller, who, with Brooklyn Museum official Sharon Matt Atkins, selected a diverse group of New York City artists to take part – ranging in age from 19 to 80 and with varying backgrounds and amounts of schooling.
“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,” says Deller in a statement. “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.”
After the exhibit finishes its run at the Brooklyn Museum, it will go on tour at as-yet-unannounced locations.
Meanwhile, Iggy has just released a new song called “Sunday,” a track from his forthcoming collaborative album with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, Post Pop Depression. You can listen to the tune now at Pop’s official YouTube channel.
Pop and Homme recorded Post Pop Depression with Dead Weather guitarist Dean Fertita and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. The group, along with Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen and journeyman indie-rock guitarist Matt Sweeney, will embark on a North American headlining tour in support of the album starting March 28 in Seattle. Post Pop Depression will be released March 18.