What can you tell me about this Iggy Pop exhibit? Were all these different artists drawing him at once?
Yes! The English artist Jeremy Deller staged a life drawing class where 21 art students, and one instructor, from NYC drew the musical icon. Deller's work is grounded in collaboration and often connects to music, so working with all these artists to bring his concept to reality is very in keeping with his art. The artists who drew Iggy were from ages 19-80 and all had varied experience with drawing.
The drawings you sent are from Guno Park, who is a professional artist and holds his MFA from the New York Academy of Art.
The one seems pretty simplistic, anything notable?
I'd say the sensitive and restrained shading in the hair and in the shoulder are really pleasing. This was one of many sketches done during the Iggy Pop life drawing class. The pose for this particular sketch was held for five minutes.
How did the museum select which artists would be in the Iggy Pop show?
Jeremy Deller and Brooklyn Museum curator Sharon Matt Atkins contacted instructors at several art schools in New York, seeking out schools that are committed to traditional study from the nude model. An instructor from each school showed Deller drawings from several of their students, and he selected candidates for the "Iggy Pop life class." They didn't know who their model would be until the last minute! The artists really vary in age and experience. Iggy Pop did several short poses and one longer pose for them. It's an interesting twist on his usual high-energy musical appearances; this "performance" was very structured and controlled. It's also a twist on the traditional set-up in which the artist was usually male and the nude model a female!
How old is Iggy Pop, and what was his date of birth?
Iggy Pop is 70 years old. He was born on April 21, 1947. He turned 70 today, actually!
Happy birthday Iggy!!!!
We were just saying that, too!
Why is the exhibition called Iggy Pop Life Class?
The focal point of the exhibition are drawings from a single life class where Iggy Pop was the model.
Learning to draw the human body has long been an important aspect of art education. Live models in different poses provide a way for students to learn from real life. In this case, the conceptual artist Jeremy Deller has created a class of artists with different backgrounds and one model, Iggy Pop.