(b. 1919 in New York, died 1996 in Key West, FL)

As a painter, writer, gallerist, supporter, and publisher, William N. Copley blazed a singular path through numerous territories of post-war art, along the way charting a vital link between the European Surrealist and the American Pop Art movements.

His work is collected both in private and public collections worldwide. The work of CPLY has been the subject of numerous single artist shows and a traveling retrospective at the Kunsthalle Bern, Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Stedelijk Van Abbesmuseum, and has been exhibited in several important group exhibitions, including documenta 5 and documenta 7.


Finally We Laugh, Galerie Linn Luhn, Düsseldorf, Germany
Confiserie Copley, Basel Art Fair, BAsel

Copley Retrospective, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden Baden
Patriotism of CPLY, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York 
Copley, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden Baden; Max Ernst Museum Brühl Des Lvr, Bruhl; Stiflung Ahlers Pro Arte/Kestner PRo Arte, Hanover
William N. Copley: Works 1948 - 1983, Galerie Von Braunbehrens, Munich

X-Rated, Sadie Coles HQ, London

CPLY: X-Rated, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Genève, Switzerland 

Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (traveling retrospective)

Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Kunsthalle Bern

CPLY: Reflections on a Past Life, Institute of the Arts, Rice University, Houston

CPLY/X-RATED, New York Cultural Center, New York

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William N. Copley