WILLIAM N. COPLEY


WILLIAM N. COPLEY

William N. Copley (1919–1996), is celebrated today for his unique contribution to post-war painting, providing a singular connection between European Surrealism and American Pop Art. With subjects ranging from everyday objects such as umbrellas, flags and cars, to universal morality tales, exploring themes of love, adultery and death, Copley gave form to his fantasies and fetishes through strong black outlines and a self-taught, figurative style. Not only a painter, but a writer, gallerist, collector, publisher, and patron to the arts, his colourful, animated works abound with playful, baroque patterns, visual puns, and bawdy ballads, combining politics, sex and satire, under one style, and one signature: CPLY.

‘The visual vocabulary of Copley begins with the verb “I love” and from there it leads through colourful adjectives and staccato interjections to the great crossword puzzle in which words and images simmer together in a process of distillation. Copley, the cordon bleu in all questions of erotic chemistry, stirs into his pot the right ingredients of humour, black as the guillotine and the grand piano, red white and blue as the flag as underwear, a rainbow in fact that terminates in a pot de chambre. His insight into life, which goes beyond his enjoyment even of its absurdities, gives him the vision to express himself as a painter, that is a poet in visual imagery.’

R. Penrose, ‘William Nelson Copley’, first published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Galleria Arturo Schwarz, Milan, 1962, as reprinted in William N. Copley. Heed, Greed, Trust, Lust, exh.cat., Hannover: Kestner-Gesellschaft, 1995, p. 201

Image: Battle of the Sexes No. 2, 1974, acrylic on cotton, 160.2 x 286.4 cm.; 63 1/8 x 112 3/4 in.; 161.7 x 288 x 4.5 cm.; 63 5/8 x 113 3/8 x 1 3/4 in. (framed). Photo: def image

Artist Talk

Solo Exhibitions


Group Exhibitions


Selected Institutional Exhibitions


Biography


VITA

1919

Born in New York City, USA

1938

Studied at Phillips Academy and Yale University

1996

Died in Key West, USA

SELECTED PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Aargauer Kunsthaus 

Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin

Art Institute of Chicago  

Carleton University Art Gallery, Ottawa

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Denver Art Museum 

Destina Foundation, New York

Falckenberg Collection, Hamburg

Fondazione Prada, Milan

Goetz Collection, Munich  

Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

International Centre Of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Lenbachhaus, Munich

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles

Maremont Collection, Chicago

The Menil Collection, Houston

Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Geneva

Musée d'art moderne et contemporain, Saint-Etienne

Musée de l'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris 

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna

Museum Ulm 

Nagaoka Contemporary Art Museum, Nagaoka

Newport Harbour Museum, Newport  

Oberlin College Art Museum, Oberlin 

Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Power Institute, Sydney

Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton

Städel Museum, Frankfurt

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Tate Collection, London

Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2024

LXCN CPLY
Kasmin Gallery, New York


2023

See Yourself as Lovers See You (duo show with Dorothy Iannone)
Philara Collection, Düsseldorf

AUTOEROTICISM: Paintings from 1984 and related works
Galerie Max Hetzler, Paris


2022

Works on Paper
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Berlin

Sadie Coles HQ, London


2020

Helmut Newton 100 / William N. Copley 101 / Jonathan Monk 51
Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Berlin

The New York Years
Kasmin Gallery, New York

Valley of Gold: Southern California and the Phantasmagoric
Kasmin Gallery, New York

The Ballad of William N. Copley
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

William N. Copley: The Temptation of St. Anthony (Revisited)
Nino Mier, Los Angeles

William N. Copley: Drawings and Paintings 1966–1991
Nino Mier, Los Angeles


2018

William N. Copley: The Coffin They Carry You Off In
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Miami

Publishing the Portable Museum: William N. Copley’s The Letter Edged in Black Press
Alden Projects, New York


2017

William N. Copley: Women
Kasmin Gallery, New York (catalogue)


2016

William N. Copley: The World According to CPLY
The Menil Collection, Houston, travelled to:
Fondazione Prada, Milan


2015

Galerie 1900-x2000, Paris

William N. Copley: Drawings (1962–1973)
Kasmin Gallery, New York

William N. Copley: Paintings from 1960–1994
Showroom by Paul van Esch & Partners Art Advisory, Amsterdam


2014

William N. Copley: Paintings and Mirrors
Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin


2013

Finally We Laugh
Galerie Linn Lühn, Dusseldorf (catalogue)

William Copley & Big Fat Black Cock, Inc. Gang Bust
Venus Over Manhattan, New York (catalogue)


2012

Copley
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, travelled to:
Max Ernst Museum Brühl, Hannover

Patriotism of CPLY and All That
Kasmin Gallery, New York

William N. Copley: Works 1948–1983
Galerie Von Braunbehrens, Munich (catalogue)


2011

William N. Copley: See Yourself as Lovers See You
Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart

X-Rated
Sadie Coles HQ, London


2010

X-Rated
Kasmin Gallery, New York (catalogue)


2009

Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart

Western Songs
El Sourdog Hex, Berlin

Linn Lühn, Cologne


2007

Linn Lühn, Cologne


2006

Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York

Galerie Manus Presse/ Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart (catalogue)


2005

Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam


2004

Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich

Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva


2003

Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York

Easy to Read Storybook
BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (catalogue)

Johann König, Berlin


2002

Drawings 1954–1994
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich


2001

Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York

Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht


2000

Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

William N. Copley: 1919–1996
Galerie Leu GmbH & Co., Munich


1999

William N. Copley: Nouns
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

L.A.C., Lieu d’Art Contemporain, Sigean

Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich

William N. Copley: Missing Link
Herning Kunstmuseum 

CPLY 1919-1996: The Art of William Copley
Forum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis


1998

Galerie Lelong, Zurich (catalogue)

Tekeningen
Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam

Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York


1997

True Confessions
Ulmer Museum, Ulm (catalogue)

Galerie Kurt Schäfer, Berlin

William N. Copley: Gedächtnisausstellung Bilder und Zeichnungen 1961–1993
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich


1996

William N. Copley: New Paintings
Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York

William N. Copley: Bilder Aquarelle Zeichnungen
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich


1995

William N. Copley: Heed Greed Trust Lust
Kestner-Gesellschaft, Hannover (catalogue)

Selected Paintings and Drawings
Galerie Lelong, Zurich

Galerie Kurt Schäfer, Berlin

Galerie Zell Am See, Schloss Rosenberg (catalogue)

Galerie Michael, Heidelberg
 
Galerie Brigitte Ihsen, Cologne


1994

Recent Paintings & Drawings
Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York
 
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Galerie Klewan, Munich

Bilder und Ziechnungen 1964–1993
Galerie Heike Curtze, Vienna
 

1993

Galerie Zell Am See, Schloss Rosenberg

Berliner Amerikaner
Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin

Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

 
1992

Disegni 1964 / 1991
Galleria Milano, Milan

William N. Copley: Zeichnungen
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Bilder 1956–1992
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

 
1991

Paintings and Drawings 1956–1991
David Nolan Gallery, New York

Zeichnungen: 1964–1991
Galerie Fred Jahn, Stuttgart

Trust Lust Heed Greed
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York and Chicago

CPLY: Designi su carta e piccole tele
Galleria Peccolo, Livorno

 
1990

Galerie Klewan, Munich


1989

Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago


1988

Galerie 1900/2000, Paris


1987

William N. Copley: Paintings – Drawings, 1966–1987
Galerie Kewenig, Frechen-Bachem

Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York


1986

The Tomb of the Unknown Whore
The New Museum, New York


1985

Acopleyshments, 1955–1985
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York
 
The Quay Gallery, San Francisco

Galerie Susanna Kulli, Zurich

Galleria Montenapoleone, Milan


1983

Post-Raphaelite Painting
Onnasch Gallery, Berlin (catalogue)

Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

 
1982

Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago


1981

William N. Copley: Bilder und Zeichnungen
Galerie Klewan, Munich (catalogue)
 
CPLY
Künstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstrasse, Munich

Lens Fine Art, Anvers

Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

A RetrospeCPLYtive
Brooks Jackson Gallery Iolas, New York

 
1980

CPLY
Kunsthalle Bern, travelled to:
Musee National D’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris;
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven;
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (catalogue)

Whorses
Brooks Jackson Gallery Iolas, New York

Billy Copley
Galerie Maier-Hahn, Dusseldorf

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

CPLY / X-Rated Paintings
Galerie Fassbender, Munich


1978

Variations on a Theme by Francis Picabia
David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles and Brooks Jackson Gallery Iolas, New York (catalogue)
 
Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne

The Temptation of St. Anthony
Brooks Jackson Gallery Iolas, New York
 
Galerie Fassbender, Munich

Pictures and Drawings
Galerie Springer, Berlin

Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York


1977

Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago


1976

Washington Art Association, Washington Depot
 
The Patriotism of CPLY
David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles

The Patriotism of CPLY: 1776 and All That
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York

C.E. Gallagher and Co. of Garden Alley, Atlantic City

 
1975

Erik Nord Gallery, Nantucket


1974

Western Songs
Galerie Onnasch, Cologne (catalogue)
 
CPLY
Onnasch Gallery, New York

Moore College of Art, Philadelphia (catalogue)

X-Rater: An Exhibition of New Paintings and Drawings
New York Cultural Center, New York


1973

CPLY
Gallerie Il Fauna, Turin


1972

Gallery Suzanne Saxe, San Francisco

Galerie Iolas, Milan, Italy and Paris
 
David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles

Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne

Galerie Aspects, Brussels

Mail Order
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York

Galerie du Dragon, Paris

 
1971

Recent Paintings: Nouns
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York


1970

Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York
 
Galerie Aspects, Brussels

Galerie Neundorf, Cologne

Galerie Springer, Berlin

David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles

 
1969

Ballads
Galerie Iolas, Geneva

Galerie de Leone, Venice
 
Merida Gallery, Louisville


1968

Galerie Springer, Berlin
 
Galerie Neundorf, Hamburg


1967

Bodley Gallery, New York
 
Homage to Robert W. Service
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York
 
Ballads
Galerie Iolas, Paris


1966

Copley: Entertainment for Men
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
 
Projects for Monuments to the Unknown Whore
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York Galerie Iolas, Paris


1965

Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago
 
Southwestern College, Chula Vista
 
Louisiana Gallery, Houston


1964

CPLY
David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles


1963

CPLY
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York

Les Suffragettes Erotiques de Bill Copley
Galerie Iris Clert, Paris
 
W.N. Copley: Paintings
Hanover Gallery, London


1962

The Flags (Les Etats-Unis du Monde)
Galerie Iris Clert, Paris
 
Galleria Arturo Schwarz, Milan


1961

William Copley – Paintings
Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

Recent Paintings by CPLY
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York
 
Galerie Iris Clert, Paris


1960

Galleria Cavallino, Venice

Galleria d’Arte del Naviglio, Milan
 
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York


1959

Galerie Furstenberg, Paris

 
1958

Paintings by William Copley
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York


1956

Copley: Peintures Recentes
Galerie du Dragon, Paris
 
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York


1954

Galleria Montenapoleone, Milan
 

1953

Nina Dausset, Paris


1951

CPLY: Paintings by William N. Copley
Royer’s Book Shop, Los Angeles
 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2024

Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946–1962
The Grey Art Museum NYU, New York


2023

Pictures Girls Make”: Portraitures

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

Beach

Nino Mier Gallery, New York

The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps

The Menil Collection, Houston

William N. Copley, Ambra Durante, ENFANT TERRIBLE
Galerie Friese, Berlin


2022

Touch Me. Nudes from the Miettinen Collection
Kunstraum Potsdam, Potsdam

Une collection hollandaise
Kamel Mennour, Paris

Galerie Jahn und Jahn, Munich


2021

Closer to Life: Drawings and Works on Paper in the Marieluise Hessel Collection
CCS Bard galleries, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (catalogue)

Enjoy. The mumok Collection in Change
mumok, Vienna

The Greek Gift
Deste Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens


2020

Impasse Ronsin. Murder, Love and Art in the heart of Paris
Museum Tinguely, Basel (catalogue)

Galerie Max Hetzler, London

Summer show
Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin

Forget (Part II: Don’t Forget Your Mask)
Jahn und Jahn, Munich

Moving Energies – 10 Years me Collectors Room Berlin
me Collectors Room Berlin / Stiftung Olbricht, Berlin


2019

Recline: Portraiture & Henri Matisse Prints
McClain Gallery, Houston

Fringe: William N. Copley, Saskia Pintelon & Jenny Watson
Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Sint-Martens-Latem


2018

Kinder Gentler Nation
Karma, New York

Mr. Natural: And Other Works from the Allan Frumkin Gallery (1952–1987)
VENUS, New York

Nudes
Sadie Coles, London

Atlas
Fondazione Prada, Milan

Remember to React: 60 Years of Collecting
Nova Southeastern University Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale

Trance
Aïshti Foundation, Jal El Dib

París pese a todo: Artistas extranheros, 1944–1968 (Lost, Loose and Loved: Foreign Artists in Paris, 1944–1968)
Museo Nacional Centro de Arta Reina Sofia, Madrid

Papier.Salon
Wentrup Gallery, Hamburg


2017

Animal Farm
The Brant Foundation, Greenwich

Hope and Hazard: A Comedy of Eros
Hall Art Foundation, Reading

Itinéraires
Musée D’Arts de Nantes, Nantes

Schlaf: Eine produktive Zeitverschwendung
Museen Böttcherstrasse, Paula Modersohn-Becker Museum, Bremen

An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

America! America! How Real Is Real?
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

 
2016

William Copley, Elma Talbot, Ina van Zyl
Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam

Olymia
Karma at Galerie Patrick Seguin, Paris

The Revolutionary Suicide Mechanized Band
Rob Tufnell Gallery, Cologne

Impasse Ronsin
Kasmin Gallery, New York


2015

The Shadow is Taken
Algus Greenspon, New York

Viewer Discretion: Children of Bataille
Stux & Haller, New York

L’Impasse Ronsin
Kasmin Gallery, New York

The Violent Crab
David Roberts Art Foundation, London

Saul Steinberg and William Copley: Take on the Life
Galerie Klauss Gerrit Friese, Berlin

Painting 2.0: Expressions in the Information Age
Museum Brandhorst, Munich and Mumok Museum, Vienna


2014

Alexander the Great: The Iolas Gallery 1955–1987
Kasmin Gallery, New York

Live and Let Die
Modern Art, London
 
Purple States
Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York

Pop Abstraction
Fredericks and Fraser Gallery and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

The Surrealist Bungalow
Linn Lühn, Dusseldorf

What Nerve!: Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present
RISD Museum, Providence


2013

Re-view
Hauser & Wirth, London

Masculin/Feminine
Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin
 

2012

Interiors
Andrew Kreps, New York
 

2011

After Shelly Duval ’72 (Frogs on the High Line)
Maccarone Gallery, New York

William N. Copley and Andreas Slominski – X-Rated
me Collectors Room, Berlin


2009

And Other Essays
Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson
 
Exile on Main St.
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht
 
Jr. and Son’s
Zach Feuer Gallery, New York


2008

Diana und Aktaion: Der Verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit
Museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf

Karl Bohrmann - William N. Copley
Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart

Carte Blanche III: Gedichte der Fakten
Galerie für Zeitgenössiche Kunst, Leipzig

Liebe, Love, Paare
Gustav-Lübcke Museum, Hamm

Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg

Ulmer Museum, Ulm

Mirror, Mirror
Edward Thorp Gallery, New York

 
2007

Deutsche und Amerikanische Malerei
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Rockers Island: Olbricht Collection
Museum Folkwang, Essen

Sixties! Art, Fashion, Design, Film and Photography
Gemeentemuseum den Haag, The Hague

AFFINITIES
Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin


2006

Die anderen Bilder
Museum der Stadt, Ratingen

Ele-Mental
David Nolan Gallery, New York

Six Feet Under: Autopsie unseres Umgangs mit Toten
Kunstmuseum Bern 

Models and Prototypes
Mildred Land Kemper Art Museum, Saint Louis

L’Amateur d’estampes
Musée des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing

Collage Effect
1301PE, Los Angeles
 
Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York


2005

Internationale Zeichner
Galerie Biedermann, Munich
 
Bilderwechsel III: Amerikanische Malerei
Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden


2004

FUNNY CUTS: Cartoons und Comics in der zeitgenössische Kunst
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

Eröffnungsausstellung Sammlung Frieder Burda
Museum Frieder Burda and Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden

Christmas Art Gifts
Artiscope, Brussels

Baume
Galerie Biedermann, Munich

 
2003

Imagine: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Museum of Contemporary art, North Miami


2001

Kunst Sammeln I: Werke zeitgenössischer Kunst aus den Sammlungen von Cramm
Falckenburg, Kalkmann, Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth, Bodenburg

Museum Unserer Wünsche
Museum Ludwig, Cologne

 
2000

Prints
Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York

Im Gegenüber: Landschaften, Stilleben, Portraits
Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich


1998

Summer Group Show
Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York

Imagined World
David Nolan Gallery, New York

 
1997

Magie der Zahl in der Kunst des 20 Jahrhunderts
Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

Spiral Village
Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht

 
1996

Hommage a Copley
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich

Think
Galerie Brigitte Ihsen, Cologne

Disegni americani degli anni ottanta: 15 artisti
Galleria Milano, Milan


1995

Bunnies - A Group Show
Nolan/ Eckman Gallery, New York
 
Drawing the Line: Reappraising Drawing Past and Present
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, travelled to:
Manchester City Art Galleries;
Ferens Art Gallery, Hull and Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
 

1994

Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art
Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland


1989

Bilderstreit: Widerspruch, Einheit und Fragment in der Kunst seit 1960
Museum Ludwig in den Rheinhallen der Kölner Messe, Cologne

 
1988

Gran Pavese, The Flag Project
Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Antwerp

Roger Brown, William Copley, Duncan Hannah
Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami


1987

The Amused Eye: A National Sampling of Humor in Art
The Evanston Art Center, Evanston


1986

Column
Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frenchen-Bachem
 
Europa/Amerika: die Geschichte einer kunstlerischen Faszination seit 1940
Museum Ludwig, Cologne


1985

Cinquante ans de dessins americains, 1930–1980
Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Paravents
Schloss Lorsfeld, Kerpen


1984

Auto and Culture
Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and Detroit Institute of Arts 


1983

Looking at Women
Artemisia Gallery, Chicago
 
Festival of the Arts
Muhlenberg College, Allentown

Contemporary Paintings from the Weatherspoon Art Gallery
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The Last Laugh
Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Portsmouth

 
1982

Documenta 7
Kassel

The Erotic Impulse
Roger Litz Gallery, New York


1981

Westkunst
Museen der Stadt Köln, Cologne


1980

American Painting of the Sixties and Seventies: The Real, Ideal and the Fantastic
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

The Figurative Tradition and The Whitney Museum of Art
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


1978

Aspekte der 60er Jahre: aus der Sammlung Reinhard Onnasch
Nationalgalerie, Berlin

American Nude
Harold Reed Gallery, New York

Box Museum
Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York


1977

Artist’s Renderings of Paintings
Pinoteca di Brera, Milan and Musée du Louvre, Paris
 
The Dada/Surrealist Heritage
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
 
Bad Painting
The New Museum, New York


1976

The William Seitz Memorial Exhibition
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton


1975

Three Generations of the American Nude
New York Cultural Center, New York


1974

Seventy-First American Exhibition
Art Institute of Chicago


1972

Documenta 5
Kassel


1971

Erotic Art
The Art Center of the New School for Social Research, The New Museum, New York


1970

Hot Show
Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York

Copley, Brauner and Magritte
Louisiana Gallery, Houston

Box Top Art
Illinois State University, Bloomington


1967

Around the Automobile
Museum of Modern Art, New York
 
Mixed Masters
University of St. Thomas, Houston


1966

Hommage à Caissa: Exhibition for the Chess Foundation of the Duchamp Fund
Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York

Surrealist Exhibition
University of California, Santa Barbara

Le Portrait
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris

25 Years of Art in San Diego
La Jolla Museum of Art, San Diego


1965

Pop Art, Nouveau Réalisme
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

Surrealist Exhibition
Byron Gallery, New York
 
Visiting Artists at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop
Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles

Group Show
Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles

Whence Pop
Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington

 
1964

Selections from the L. M. Asher Collection
University Art Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
 
New Directions in American Painting
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham

Nieuwe realisten
Gemeentemuseum den Haag, The Hague

The Maremont Collection
Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, D.C.

Le Surrealisme: Sources, Histoire, Affinities
Galerie Charpentier, Paris


1963

Pop Art USA
Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland

XIX Salon de Mai
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

18 Salon de Réalitiés Nouvelles
Musée Municipal d’Art Moderne, Paris

Paris Lettriste
Galerie Schmidt, Paris

 
1962

Collage out of California
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena

Antagonismes 2: L’objet
Musée des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Pavillon de Marsan, Paris

Surrealismus: Phantastiche Malerei der Gegenwart
Künstlerhaus, Vienna

XVIII Salon de Mai
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

 
1961

XVII Salon de Mai
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Bewogen beweging-Rorelse i Konsten
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Moderna Museet, Stockholm


1959

XVI Salon de Mai
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme
Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris

Arte Fantastica
Museo de Castello di San Giusto, Trieste

The Maremont Collection at the Institute of Design
Illinois Institute of Technology at Crown Hall, Chicago

 
1957

Verzameling Urvater
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

The Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester; City of York Gallery, York; The Tate Gallery, London

 
1956

XV Salon de Mai
Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris

Exposition Internationale de l’art actuel
Nagaoka Museum, Nagaoka

 
1954

Americans in Paris
Galerie Arthur Craven, Paris
 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Monographs

Kasmin Gallery (Ed.): William N. Copley, New York, 2017

Fondazione Prada (Ed.): William N. Copley, Milan, 2016

Linn Lühn (Ed.): Cply: Finally we laugh, Dusseldorf, 2013

Kasmin Gallery (Ed.): COPLY, New York, 2012

Stiftung Frieder Burda (Ed.): Copley, Baden-Baden, 2012

Galerie von Braunbehrens (Ed.): William N. Copley, works 1948–1983, Munich, 2012

Kasmin Gallery (Ed.): William N. Copley: x-rated, New York, 2010

Galerie Friese (Ed.): William N. Copley: Unter uns. Bilder, Arbeiten auf Papier, 1951–1993, Berlin, 2009

Klaus Gerrit Friese (Ed.): among ourselves, Ostfildern, 2009

Klaus Gerrit Friese (Ed.): William N. Copley: März, April, Mai 2006, Stuttgart, 2006

BAWAG FOUNDATION (Ed.): Easy to Read Storybook, Vienna, 2003  

Schönewald Fine Arts (Ed.): William N. Copley: 1919–1996, Krefeld, 2000

William Copley Foundation (Ed.): CPLY,  1919–1996, St. Louis, 1999

Lieu d'Art Contemporain (L.A.C.) (Ed.): William N. Copley: CPLY, Sigean, 1999

Galerie Fred Jahn (Ed.): William N. Copley: nouns, Munich, 1999

Galerie Lelong (Ed.): „Love Out“ William N. Copley, CPLY, Zurich, 1998

Ulmer Museum (Ed.): William N. Copley: True Confessions, Ulm, 1997

Kestner-Gesellschaft (Ed.): William Copley. The Strumpet Muse, Cologne, 1995

Kestner-Gesellschaft (Ed.): William N. Copley, Bilder: 1951–1994, Hannover, 1995

Kestner-Gesellschaft (Ed.): William N. Copley: Heed greed trust lust. Bilder 1951–1994, Hannover, 1995

Galerie Fred Jahn (Ed.): William N. Copley: Zeichnungen 1964–1994, Munich, 1995

Phyllis Kind Gallery (Ed.): CPLY, New Yor,k 1991

David Nolan Gallery (Ed.): William N. Copley: CPLY, New York, 1991

Galerie 1900 – 2000 (Ed.): William N. Copley: CPLY, Paris, 1988

Galerie Onnasch (Ed.): Post-raphaelite paintings by William N. Copley, Berlin, 1983

Galerie Klewan (Ed.): William N. Copley: Bilder und Zeichnungen, Munich, 1981

Badischer Kunstverein: William N. Copley, Karlsruhe, 1981

Centre Pompidou (Ed.): William N. Copley, Paris, 1980

Onnasch Galerie (Ed.): William N. Copley: Western Songs, Köln, 1974

Galleria il Fauno (Ed.): CPLY, Milan 1973

Iolas Gallery (Ed.): „Nouns.“, Milan, 1970

Iolas Gallery (Ed.): Ballads, Paris/ New York, 1967

Stedeljik Museum (Ed.): Copley: Entertainment for men, Amsterdam, 1966

Iolas Gallery (Ed.): Projects for monuments to the unknown whore, New York, 1966

Hanover Gallery (Ed.): W. N. Copley, London, 1963

Galleria Schwarz (Ed.): Bill Copley, Milan, 1962

Iolas Gallery (Ed.): Homage to Robert W. Service (recent paintings), New York, 1967

Royer's Book Shop (Ed.): Paintings by William N. Copley, CPLY, Los Angeles, 1951


Others

William N. Copley (Ed.): Portrait des Künstlers als junger Händler, Bern, 1998

William N. Copley: The Stumpet Muse: Images of Robert W. Service, Köln, 1995

William N. Copley: Techniques of fornication, Berlin, 1993

William N. Copley (Ed.): Reflection on a past life, Cologne, 1976

William N. Copley: Notes on a project for a dictionary of ridiculous images, Köln/New York, 1972

William N. Copley: The evil I: or The story of my life, New York, 1965

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William N. Copley: The Ballad of William N. Copley

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ArtReview March 2020

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frieze Magazine March 2020

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Mousse Magazine 2016

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east of borneo January 2014

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