LISTEN: Iggy Pop Kicks Off New “Bedtime Stories” Digital Art Project

It’s the latest from Maurizio Cattelan, the artist notorious for duct-taping a banana to a wall at Art Basel in Miami.

Iggy Pop has a story for you. Pop is the first of a selection of artists—including Black Thought of The Roots, David Byrne, Michael Stipe of R.E.M., and more—set to take part in the new digital art project Bedtime Stories.

The latest from Maurizio Cattelan, notorious for duct-taping a banana to a wall at last year’s Art Basel in Miami, arrives via New York’s New Museum. He explains the work as “a way of staying together during these days of isolation.” The project features each participating artist reading a passage from their favorite book, whatever it may be. Iggy Pop exercised that freedom by offering up a tribute to his late dog, Tromba. Pop speaks fondly of the animal, who he says hated New York City “and those little fluffy dogs on Tompkins Square.”

Listen to Iggy Pop’s love letter to Tromba below. Bedtime Stories will offer up new stories every day through the end of June. Among the additional artists slated to participate are Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Raymond Pettibon, Marilyn Minter, Rashid Johnson, Jordan Wolfson, and Maya Lin.

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As part of its series of new digital initiatives, we're excited to announce “Bedtime Stories,” a project initiated by Maurizio Cattelan. Inviting friends and other artists and performers he admires to keep us company, Cattelan imagined “Bedtime Stories” as a way of staying together during these days of isolation. Each participant has been asked to read a selection from their favorite book – a sentence, passage, chapter, or more – to be shared with the New Museum’s online audiences. Some chose to read existing works, others to read their own writings, still others to create impromptu performances. Whether drawn from memory, imagination, or cherished volumes kept close at hand, the recordings by artists were captured quickly in an unfiltered fashion on phones or laptops in their homes or studios around the world. A new installment of “Bedtime Stories” will be made available each day through the end of June on our IGTV channel and at the link in our bio. First up, we have a bedtime story from Iggy Pop. @iggypopofficial @lomavistarecordings

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