(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.


2012        Museum Frieder Burda, Baden Baden

2011        "X-Rated," Sadie Coles HQ, London

2010        "CPLY: X-Rated," Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

2004        Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain

1980-81    Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany

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

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

                Kunsthalle Bern

1979       "CPLY: Reflections on a Past Life," Institute of the Arts, Rice University, Houston

1974       "CPLY/X-RATED," New York Cultural Center, New York

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William N. Copley