William N. Copley : true confessions
This first publication after William N. Copley's death in 1996 gives a comprehensive survey of the so far scarcely known complete work that is ... Show synopsis This first publication after William N. Copley's death in 1996 gives a comprehensive survey of the so far scarcely known complete work that is however important for the tradition of Dada and surrealism in America as well as for pop art painting. For a short time owner of a gallery for surrealistic art in Los Angeles, Copley began to paint at the end of the forties. 1951 the American by birth went to Paris together with Man Ray where he lived about 13 years within the circle of the surrealists. Subsequently he worked in New York. In his work he is focusing on trivial motifs, induced by sex and eros, pin-ups or comic-like portrayals of American everyday's myths. To treat the symbols of state, such as flage, with irony is one of his subjects as well as the subtle persiflage of standard masterpieces of art.