William Copley

CPLY: Finally We Laugh

William N. Copley first worked as a gallery owner and built up an extensive art collection in this role before becoming an artist himself through friendships with Surrealists such as Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte and Max Ernst.

His paintings and drawings are full of humour and irony and deal with the traditions of Dada, Surrealism and the then-emerging Pop Art.

This small publication is concerned exclusively with Copley’s drawn work from the 1960s. Handwritten manuscripts and sketches giving new insights into his multifaceted artistic universe are reproduced alongside the drawings.

The text by his son, Billy Copley, also examines the role of the drawings within Copley’s oeuvre.

English and German text.

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