On Feb. 21, rock legend Iggy Pop posed nude for a class of 21 artists for a life drawing class at the New York Academy of Art. The workshop is a project called The Iggy Pop Life Class organized by British artist Jeremy Deller in collaboration with the Brooklyn Museum.
In conceptualizing the class, Deller considered both the life drawing class as a fundamental aspect of an artistic education and Pop’s own sedimented position within rock history. Deller explains of 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 group of artists were selected from the various creative institutional centers of New York City. Their resulting work from the session will be shown as part of a fall 2016 exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum.
Iggy Pop’s own collaborative project with Josh Homme, of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal, will be releasing their own album titled Post Pop Depression in just a few weeks on March 18. The album and forthcoming tour has been confirmed to feature other members of QotSA’s, and Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders has contributed to the record.