Iggy Pop nude drawings turned into an art exhibition and book

Iggy posed naked for artist Jeremy Deller's life drawing class in February

A series of naked drawings of Iggy Pop have been turned into a book and art exhibition.

On February 21, Iggy posed nude for British artist Jeremy Deller‘s life drawing class at New York’s Academy Of Arts. A total of 21 artists, whose ages ranged from 19 to 80, drew the singer.

The artists’ drawings form the basis of an exhibition, Iggy Pop Life Class, which runs at New York’s Brooklyn Museum from November 4-March 26. A 144-page book of the same name is available from publishers Heni from October 20, priced £18.75. Some of the drawings can be seen via Dazed Digital here.

Iggy told Entertainment Weekly of the class: “This wasn’t about my winkie or anything. It’s just a documentation of what’s left of me. It’s not the sort of thing I’m going to start doing as a weekend job.” He had previously posed nude at the start of his career for two artists, Bill King and Gerard Malanga, from Andy Warhol‘s collective The Warhol Factory. Iggy said: “It was time to do it again.”

Explaining his reasons for the class, Deller said in February: “Iggy’s body is central to an understanding of rock music and its place within American culture. His body has witnessed much, and should be documented.” Deller added that life classes were fundamental to art, saying: “It is still the best way to understand the body.”

Deller had previously collaborated with musicians when he got brass bands to play house music classics such as A Guy Called Gerald‘s ‘Voodoo Ray’.

Iggy goes on tour next week (October 6) in South America for his recent album ‘Post Pop Depression’, which was produced by Josh Homme and features Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders. His final show of 2016 is scheduled to be at Bue Festival in Argentina on October 14.
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