COPLEY, WILLIAM N.

PUBLISHER
PAUL KASMIN

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 10.75 x 10.75 in. / 140 pgs / 38 color / 8 bw.

PUBLISHING STATUS
PUB DATE 4/30/2011
Out of print

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CATALOG: SPRING 2011 p. 80   

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ISBN 9780982943311 TRADE
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"The 'X-Rated' pictures are loosely, even crudely, rendered images of couples and trios engaged in sex, their contorted bodies and attenuated limbs tangled together in bold arrangements of interlocking, almost abstract forms. The subjects’ languid carnality, Buddha-like smiles, and insistent individuality are frankly erotic. The colors—vibrant pastels, rich, off greens, browns, and yellows, midnight blues and brooding purples—are sensational… A Surrealist disjunctiveness is manifested in the names of the paintings, many of which are slyly titled after Hollywood films… Sui generic, CPLY was neither truly a Surrealist nor a Pop artist. He exploited decoration, humor, and sentiment long before artists such as Joe Brainard or Ree Morton; he celebrated the male gaze at the height of the women’s liberation movement, and he pursued the Rococo in the heyday of Minimalism… Always incorrect and gleefully so, CPLY always got it right."

Anne Doran, excerpted from William N. Copley: CPLY X-Rated.

  

PAUL KASMIN

William N. Copley: Cply X-Rated

Published by Paul Kasmin

Featured image is <I>Rape of Lucretia</I> (1972), reproduced from <a href="9780982943311.html">William N. Copley: CPLY X-Rated</a>.Painter, gallerist, writer and collector William N. Copley (1919-1996) was one of Surrealism's most active advocates in America (especially in Los Angeles), and his paintings are increasingly recognized as important precursors to Pop. A close friend to Duchamp and Man Ray, Copley always courted controversy, never more memorably than with his infamous X-Rated exhibition at the New York Cultural Center in 1974. Copley's cartoonish works of the 1950s developed an overtly sexual iconography in the 1960s, which in turn prefigured his erotic and arguably pornographic work of the 1970s. Published on the occasion of Paul Kasmin Gallery's reconstruction of the 1974 show, the book includes 38 superb color plates of the paintings--many of which have not been seen since the original exhibition--as well as Copley's fascinating 1977 memoir of his early years as an exponent and gallerist for Surrealism, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dealer."

Featured image is Rape of Lucretia (1972), reproduced from William N. Copley: CPLY X-Rated.

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William N. Copley: Reflection on a Past Life

WILLIAM N. COPLEY: REFLECTION ON A PAST LIFE

Edited by Linn Lühn.

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ISBN: 9783863354589 | US $22.00

Pub Date: 9/30/2014
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William N. Copley: Cply X-Rated

WILLIAM N. COPLEY: CPLY X-RATED

PAUL KASMIN

ISBN: 9780982943311 | US $65.00

Pub Date: 4/30/2011
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William N. Copley: Among Ourselves

WILLIAM N. COPLEY: AMONG OURSELVES

Edited by Klaus Gerrit Friese. Text by Stephan Berg.

HATJE CANTZ

ISBN: 9783775724050 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 9/30/2009
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William N. Copley: True Confessions, Paintings And Drawings

WILLIAM N. COPLEY: TRUE CONFESSIONS, PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS

Artwork by William Copley. Edited by Kay Heymer, Brigitte Reinhardt.

HATJE CANTZ PUBLISHERS

ISBN: 9783775706971 | US $35.00

Pub Date: 5/2/1998
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