Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden
18.02.2012 - 10.06.2012
The catalog features more than eighty works by the American William Copley (1919 – 1996), who as gallery owner, artist, author, and publisher operated as an important mediator between the Surrealists and the Pop Art movement since the mid-1940s and was one of the most unconventional personalities in the art scene. Tying in with the tradition of Dada, Surreal- ism, and American Pop Art, William Copley’s paintings are an ironic examination of the erotic game played by men and women in all of its facets. The artist developed his unconventional style very early on, one which manifests itself first and foremost in the two main protagonists in his picto- rial narratives: a shapely blonde in rosy nakedness chances upon a small man in a suit, armed with the symbols of venerability and sublime sex – an umbrella and a bowler. His œuvre is an absolute pictorial homage to the motive forces of Eros. Several of his works are presented for the first time in this exhibition. The catalog includes numerous unpublished essays by William Copley.
Editor: Götz Adriani, Stiftung Frieder Burda
Authors: Andy Warhol, Billy Copley, Georg Baselitz, Götz Adriani, Judith Irrgang, Man Ray, William N. Copley
Artists: William N. Copley