William N. Copley


William N. Copley



A crucial connecting figure between Surrealism and Pop art, Copley developed a unique style and iconography that made use of cartoonlike motifs to critically and humorously explore topics such as nationalism, eroticism, and art history. This publication and related exhibition bring together works from Copley’s first New York exhibition “Paintings by William Copley” at the Alexander Iolas Gallery in 1958 alongside other examples of the artist’s early work, highlighting his critical yet humorous perspective on both European and American culture.

Year: 2019

Cover: Paperback

Editors: Stephanie Seidel

Authors: Stephanie Seidel, Manuela Ammer, and a conversation between Kasper König and Stephanie Seidel

Designer: Eric Wrenn Office, New York

Publisher: Institute of Contemporary Art, MiamiISBN

Pages: 132

Dimensions: 9 x 6 inches

Credits: Cover: Willian N. Copley, The Coffin They Carry You Off In, 1957 (detail).
Oil on canvas, 21 1/4 x 25 3/4 in.
Courtesy Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Berlin.
Photo: Courtesy Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Berlin