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Life class drawings featuring Iggy Pop nude are coming this fall to the Brooklyn Museum

Howard Halle

Now in his late sixties, Iggy Pop has rarely wasted an opportunity to rip off his shirt while performing. But back on February 21, he took it all off—not to go on stage, but to pose in the nude as a model for a life drawing class at New York Academy of Art. The one-time event was the brainchild of British Conceptual artist Jeremy Deller as part of an exhibition featuring his work that's coming to the Brooklyn Museum this fall. Deller himself is particularly noted for a 2001 piece in which he orchestrated a full-scale reenactment of a 1984 clash between police and striking miners in Yorkshire.

For Deller’s life-drawing class, Iggy assumed traditional artist-model poses, while a diverse group of artists aged 19 to 80 diligently rendered away. Their drawings will be part of Deller’s show. As for Iggy’s experience, no word yet on whether he’d considered doing it again, though his wiry muscles are perfect for drawing anatomy. Suffice to say, it was a quieter performance than he’s used to giving.


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