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Kasmin Gallery

The New York Years

  • William N. Copley

Press for The New York Years

Current Exhibitions at Kasmin Gallery


The New York Years

  • William N. Copley
  • Opens: Mar. 11, 2020
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Alma Allen

  • Alma Allen,
  • Opens: Jan. 23, 2020
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2020
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Significant Form

  • Elie Nadelman,
  • Opens: Nov. 07, 2019
  • Closes: Dec. 21, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Louisiana Suite

  • Keith Sonnier,
  • Opens: Nov. 21, 2019
  • Closes: Jan. 11, 2020
  • Reception: Nov. 21, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Elemental

  • Carl Andre,
  • Daniel Buren,
  • Simon Hantaï,
  • François Morellet,
  • Olivier Mosset,
  • Richard Nonas,
  • Carol Rama,
  • Robert Ryman,
  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Sep. 26, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 02, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Two Paintings

  • James Rosenquist,
  • Opens: Oct. 17, 2019
  • Closes: Nov. 16, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Indeterminate Hypothesis

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Closes: Oct. 12, 2019
  • Reception: Sep. 12, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Painters of the East End

  • Mary Abbott,
  • Nell Blaine,
  • Perle Fine,
  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Elaine de Kooning,
  • Lee Krasner,
  • Joan Mitchell,
  • Charlotte Park,
  • Betty Parsons,
  • Jane Wilson,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Levity/Density

  • Alexander Calder,
  • John Chamberlain,
  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Alicja Kwade,
  • George Rickey,
  • Joel Shapiro,
  • David Smith,
  • Opens: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Closes: Aug. 16, 2019
  • Reception: Jul. 11, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Monuments

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: May. 23, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brancusi: The Photographer

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • Opens: May. 16, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception: May. 16, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Corks

  • Jasper Morrison,
  • Opens: May. 09, 2019
  • Closes: Jun. 29, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Sheer Presence: Monumental Paintings By Robert Motherwell

  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Mar. 21, 2019
  • Closes: May. 18, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Plants, Minerals, And Animals

  • David Wiseman,
  • Opens: Mar. 14, 2019
  • Closes: Apr. 27, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Dedicated

  • Naama Tsabar,
  • Opens: Mar. 13, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Different Pose

  • Jan-Ole Schiemann,
  • Opens: Mar. 07, 2019
  • Closes: May. 04, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

weald

  • Theodora Allen,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 09, 2019
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Polaroid Portraits

  • Andy Warhol,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 02, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • Les Lalanne,
  • Opens: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Closes: Mar. 09, 2019
  • Reception: Jan. 24, 2019
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works from the Collection of John Ashbery

  • Alex Katz,
  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Helen Frankenthaler,
  • Fairfield Porter,
  • Joe Brainard,
  • Larry Rivers,
  • Group show,
  • Opens: Nov. 01, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Barbary

  • Walton Ford,
  • Opens: Oct. 10, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Brancusi & Duchamp: The Art of Dialogue

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • Marcel Duchamp,
  • Opens: Sep. 20, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mural Studies

  • Lee Krasner,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Oct. 27, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lines Thicken: Stuart Davis in Black and White

  • Stuart Davis,
  • Opens: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 22, 2018
  • Reception: Sep. 13, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

SEED - curated by Yvonne Force

  • Theodora Allen,
  • Morgan Blair,
  • Sascha Braunig,
  • Cecily Brown,
  • Ginny Casey,
  • Jessica Craig-Martin,
  • Lacey Dorn,
  • Rachel Feinstein,
  • Vanessa German,
  • Loie Hollowell,
  • Shara Hughes,
  • Baseera Khan,
  • Sanam Khatibi,
  • Kate Klingbeil,
  • Hein Koh,
  • Emily Marie Miller,
  • Wangechi Mutu,
  • Sophia Narrett,
  • Katherina Olschbaur,
  • Yoko Ono,
  • Ebony G. Patterson,
  • Sarah Peters,
  • Ruby Sky Stiler,
  • Claire Tabouret,
  • Ambera Wellmann,
  • Summer Wheat,
  • Robin F. Williams,
  • HieJin Yoo,
  • Lisa Yuskavage,
  • Sarah Zapata,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Almost Solid Light: New Work from Mexico

  • Adrián S. Bará,
  • José Davila,
  • Pablo Davila,
  • Cynthia Gutiérrez,
  • Circe Irasema,
  • Valentina Jager,
  • Mario Navarro,
  • Jerónimo Reyes Retana,
  • Gabriel Rico,
  • Javier M. Rodríguez,
  • Claudia Peña Salinas,
  • Federico Pérez Villoro,
  • Tezontle,
  • Fabiola Torres-Alzaga,
  • Alvaro Ugarte,
  • Opens: Jun. 21, 2018
  • Closes: Aug. 10, 2018
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Work

  • Elliott Puckette,
  • Opens: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 15, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 19, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Hare is Metaphor

  • Barry Flanagan,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paintings from the 1950's

  • Jane Freilicher,
  • Opens: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Jun. 09, 2018
  • Reception: Apr. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Oedipus

  • Saint Clair Cemin,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Fra Angelico / Opus Operantis

  • Robert Polidori,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Cut Outs

  • Alex Katz,
  • Opens: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Closes: Apr. 14, 2018
  • Reception: Mar. 08, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Robert Indiana

  • Robert Indiana,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Landscapes

  • Tina Barney,
  • Opens: Jan. 17, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 17, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Money Shot

  • Judith Bernstein,
  • Opens: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Closes: Mar. 03, 2018
  • Reception: Jan. 18, 2018
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Umber Paintings

  • Lee Krasner,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper, 1961 – 2009

  • David Hockney,
  • Opens: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 13, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Caryatides

  • Bosco Sodi,
  • Opens: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jan. 06, 2018
  • Reception: Nov. 02, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

ONE NIGHT EVENT: Book Signing

  • Tina Barney,
  • Peter Galassi,
  • Opens: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 05, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Enormity of the Possible

  • Milton Avery,
  • Charles Burchfield,
  • Stuart Davis,
  • Elie Nadelman,
  • Helen Torr,
  • John Mari,
  • Mark Rothko,
  • Jackson Pollock,
  • Lee Krasner,
  • Gaston Lachaise,
  • Arthur Dove,
  • Oscar Bluemner,
  • Charles Demuth,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Art of Collage

  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Apr. 14, 2016
  • Closes: May. 21, 2016
  • Reception: Apr. 14, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Watercolors

  • Walton Ford,
  • Opens: May. 01, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 21, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Life in Death

  • Chaim Soutine,
  • Opens: Apr. 24, 2014
  • Closes: Jun. 14, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Mute Parade

  • Iván Navarro,
  • Opens: Oct. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Oct. 26, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Works on Paper, 1951 - 1991

  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Jan. 03, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Myth and Math

  • Saint Clair Cemin,
  • Opens: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Closes: Dec. 23, 2014
  • Reception: Oct. 30, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Four Decades

  • Tina Barney,
  • Opens: May. 07, 2015
  • Closes: Jun. 20, 2015
  • Reception: May. 07, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Bloodflames Revisited

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 26, 2014
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2014
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Jiri Georg Dokoupil,
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The New York School, 1969: Henry Geldzahler at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Alexander Caler,
  • John Chamberlain,
  • Joseph Cornell,
  • Mark di Suvero,
  • Dan Flavin,
  • Adolph Gottlieb,
  • Hans Hoffman,
  • Donald Judd,
  • Ellsworth Kelly,
  • Roy Lichtenstein,
  • Morris Louis,
  • Robert Morris,
  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Isamu Noguchi,
  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Claes Oldenberg,
  • Jules Olitski,
  • Robert Rauschenberg,
  • James Rosenquist,
  • Frank Stella,
  • Andy Warhol,
  • Opens: Jan. 13, 2015
  • Closes: Mar. 14, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 13, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Naturalia

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 04, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 19, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

High Speed Drawings

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Once Everything Was Much Better Even The Future

  • Nir Hod,
  • Opens: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Closes: Oct. 25, 2014
  • Reception: Sep. 11, 2014
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Copley: Women

  • William N. Copley
  • Opens: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Closes: Mar. 25, 2017
  • Reception: Jan. 26, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Drawings, 1962 - 1973

  • William N. Copley
  • Opens: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Feb. 07, 2015
  • Reception: Jan. 08, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

No Kidding

  • Deborah Kass,
  • Opens: Dec. 09, 2015
  • Closes: Jan. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Dec. 09, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Written Trace, curated by Ariella Wolens

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jun. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 14, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

A Moment

  • Santi Moix,
  • Opens: Jun. 23, 2015
  • Closes: Aug. 15, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Two Rooms

  • Will Ryman,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 17, 2015
  • Reception: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Shape as Form

  • Frank Stella,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 10, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Angles

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 25, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • François-Xavier Lalanne,
  • Claude Lalanne,
  • Opens: Mar. 26, 2015
  • Closes: May. 02, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Acephalous Series

  • Laylah Ali,
  • Opens: Mar. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

New Paintings

  • Caio Fonseca,
  • Opens: Mar. 25, 2015
  • Closes: Apr. 25, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Nyoman Masriadi

  • Nyoman Masriadi,
  • Opens: Apr. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jun. 18, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Psyche

  • Saint Clair Cemin,
  • Opens: May. 26, 2016
  • Closes: Aug. 19, 2016
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Celestial Tales

  • Tai Xiangzhou,
  • Opens: Sep. 10, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 03, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Lost Downtown

  • Peter Hujar,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Transboundary

  • Naama Tsabar,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

We now must say goodbye

  • Taner Ceylan,
  • Opens: Oct. 08, 2015
  • Closes: Oct. 31, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Blancs

  • Simon Hantai,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Paramyths, Sculpture 1934 – 1967

  • Max Ernst,
  • Opens: Oct. 22, 2015
  • Closes: Dec. 05, 2015
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Unbalanced

  • Kenneth Noland,
  • Opens: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Feb. 27, 2016
  • Reception: Jan. 28, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Morris Louis/Landon Metz

  • Morris Louis,
  • Landon Metz,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 09, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

PORTRAITS

  • James Nares,
  • Opens: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Closes: Apr. 23, 2016
  • Reception: Mar. 03, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Thermoplastic Flux

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 15, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Doubletake

  • Ian Davenport,
  • Opens: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Closes: Oct. 22, 2016
  • Reception: Sep. 08, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Farewell Transmission

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Arcs

  • Bernar Venet,
  • Opens: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 09, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Les Lalanne

  • Les Lalanne,
  • Opens: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Closes: Apr. 22, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 16, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Art of Whipped Cream

  • Mark Ryden,
  • Opens: May. 20, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 21, 2017
  • Reception: May. 20, 2017
  • Hours: 4 - 6pm
  • Admission: free

Impasse Ronsin

  • Constantin Brancusi,
  • William N. Copley
  • Max Ernst,
  • Yves Klein,
  • Les Lalanne,
  • Larry Rivers,
  • Niki de Saint Phalle,
  • Jean Tinguely,
  • Jimmy Metcalf,
  • Opens: Oct. 28, 2016
  • Closes: Jan. 14, 2017
  • Reception: Oct. 27, 2016
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Big Brother: Teaching Staff for a School of Murderers

  • Max Ernst,
  • Opens: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Closes: May. 13, 2017
  • Reception: Mar. 30, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Farewell Transmission

  • Roxy Paine,
  • Opens: May. 02, 2017
  • Closes: Jul. 01, 2017
  • Reception:
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

The Curators’ Eggs

  • Group show,
  • Opens: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Closes: Aug. 18, 2017
  • Reception: Jul. 12, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

Early Paintings

  • Robert Motherwell,
  • Opens: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Closes: Oct. 28, 2017
  • Reception: Sep. 07, 2017
  • Hours: 6 - 8pm
  • Admission: free

When

Mar 11 - Apr 22, 2020


Where

Kasmin Gallery

  • 509 West 27th Street, New York NY 10001 Map
  • 212.563.4474

About

Kasmin is pleased to present William N. Copley The New York Years, a comprehensive look at the evolution of the artist’s painting during three pivotal decades in New York City. The exhibition, on view at 509 West 27th Street from March 11, 2020, will trace this central period through key paintings from multiple series and a corresponding presentation of photographic, publishing, and research materials drawn from the archives of the William N. Copley Estate. This is Kasmin’s sixth solo exhibition of the artist’s work since the gallery began representing the Estate in 2010.

“I’d been born in that town but didn’t remember it,” Copley said of New York in his memoir Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dealer. Copley’s decision to move to the city—when the artist was 44—marked a return to the American scene after twelve years living in France. Copley’s early career had been one of a self-taught outsider working in Paris, where, under the influence of Surrealism, Copley developed a unique personal iconography. This “private mythology,” as he would call it, explored sexual politics and his culturally repressive upbringing. Copley’s eccentric style and his humorous, amatory themes led to commercial success and exhibitions throughout Europe in the 1950s. Copley returned to the US in 1963, at a time when the Paris scene had grown quiet and New York was enjoying a period of explosive artistic activity.

Included in the exhibition are major works originally exhibited at Copley’s first shows as an artist based in New York. These works, such as Tomb of the Unknown Whore (1965) and What’s Your Hurry (1965), reveal Copley’s shift to working at a larger scale and utilizing line drawing as a technique in his paintings. Copley’s switch from oil paints to acrylics, which allowed him to work faster and gave him new freedoms, coincided with a prolific series of colorful, narrative paintings adapted from the works Robert W. Service and other folk balladeers popular in the late 19th and early 20th century. These paintings are represented in The New York Years with Then In Meandered Deep-Hole Dan Once Comrade of the Cup (1967). Of special note in the exhibition is the large painting I Am Awarded My Handbag and Declared a Professional (1986), which was displayed in the artist’s immersive New Museum installation Tomb of the Unknown Whore in 1986. It is exhibited here for the first time in New York since the original exhibition.

Beginning in 1970, Copley started rendering items from old Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalogs in a loose, suggestive manner. Dubbed the Nouns, these everyday items were paired with geometric background patterns in a style similar to, or quietly critical of, Hard-edge and Op-style painting. Copley at once further developed this painterly language and consummated his interest in erotic subject matter with the X-Rated series, which he began two years later in 1972. Indebted to the adult magazines sold along 42nd street and Times Square, the works feature figures in various stages of sexual congress and are marked by bold contour lines and lyrical color palettes. Speaking of the X-Rated exhibition held at the New York Cultural Center in 1974, Copley remarked, “I am attempting to break through the barrier of pornography into the area of joy.” Works from the Nouns and X-Rated series are presented in dialogue in William N. Copley The New York Years.

New York also provided Copley an ideal setting for his non-painting activities. In 1967, Copley founded The Letter Edged In Black Press, Inc., which published the groundbreaking art periodical S.M.S. for six issues in 1968. S.M.S. featured facsimile multiples from an intergenerational group of artists, many of whom Copley met in New York and who would congregate at the artist’s publishing office on the Upper West Side. (Among the friends and contributors were Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Christo, Lee Lozano, John Cage, and Copley’s close friend and mentor Marcel Duchamp.) S.M.S. publications will be on view in the exhibition along with associated artworks and ephemera.

In the 1980s, Copley began dividing time between New York and homes in Roxbury, Connecticut, and Key West, Florida. Though he began to withdraw from New York’s art world, he maintained a prolific focus on painting and his work grew in complexity and ambiguity. The late gallerist Phyllis Kind—known for her patronage of outsider art and directive support of the Chicago Imagists—became Copley’s primary New York dealer, staging five solo exhibitions at her Greene Street space in Soho between 1982 and 1991. Untitled (Apples & Oranges) (1986) dates from this period and is exemplary of Copley’s late style, employing multilayered compositions and collaged textiles such as lace fabric.

In addition to the key works on view, William N. Copley The New York Years will present a timeline of the artist’s numerous activities during his tenure in New York. Visitors will encounter an in-depth picture of his consequential return to the New York scene, where Copley forged his mature identity as an artist and painter.

William N. Copley, (1919–1996), known by his signature name CPLY, (pronounced 'see-ply'), was a painter, writer, gallerist, art patron, publisher, and art entrepreneur. In his lifetime, Copley was the subject of multiple European retrospectives, including Stedlijk Museum (1966), Kunsthalle Bern (1980), and Kestner-Gessellschaft (1995). Recent major institutional exhibitions have been held at The Menil Collection, Houston, and Fondazione Prada, Italy. His work is held in private and public collections worldwide, such as the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Stedelijk Museum and many more.


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