Let Iggy Pop’s Naked Form Lead You to Enlightenment

Oh to live the life of Iggy Pop. His albums have only come out as a matter of consequence of his movements throughout life. The man, who has spent the last 56 years of his life artfully and publicly unraveling in the name of rock n’ roll, now takes his showmanship to the tables of New York Academy of Art to pose naked for 21 very lucky artists.

In the wake of Post Pop Depression, Iggy Pop’s 17th studio album’s release, and hints at retirement, his contribution to the world of art might just be a coincidence. Iggy was in New York. Iggy was walking through New York when he found himself quite tired, so he walked into that classroom and found himself a convenient table for his naked nap. The artists just happened to be there at such a time to capture this moment for the books.

Jeremy Deller, British artist and Pop’s partner in the naked project, spoke about the historical significance of such capture of Iggy Pop’s particular nakedness:

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.

So… Iggy Pop got naked and it’s somehow vital to the understanding of all American hegemony. I get it. I feel it. It’s this particular brand of pretentiousness that feeds my soul.

The 21 artists had their drawings collected at the end of their session and will now be displayed in Brooklyn and across the country as part of a series titled “Iggy Pop Life Class” later this year.

Have you ever felt envy for people who got to see a 68-year-old naked? Didn’t think I ever would. Until now. And… I can’t even draw.

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