Following his The Jellyfish, sold at Take Home a Nude at Sotheby’s, Levan Songulashvili’s name is once again in the highlight of world art media.
This time, he was among 21 artists, selected for the special art project on competition basis, organized by the Brooklyn Museum and conceived by artist Jeremy Deller. As Jeremy explained, “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 body of the rock pioneer, seen with the artists’ eye, rather than by video cameras or photojournalists, will be part of a Brooklyn Museum exhibition in fall 2016.
So, why exactly did the “Lust of Life” singer decide to strip down? “It was not about anything silly,” says Pop, whose new, Josh Homme-produced album Post Pop Depression was released March 18. “It wasn’t about my winkie, or anything. It was just a documentation of what’s left of me.”
After that, the exhibits will travel around a number of other art galleries and museums of the USA.
It was just last year, when Levan Songulashvili was acknowledged as one of the most interesting artists in NYC and a real star of the contemporary Georgian art.
On October 15, his piece of art, along with artwork of legendary artists, was displayed and sold at exhibition and auction.