biographie de William Nelson COPLEY (1919-1996)

Birth place: NYC

Addresses: NYC; Paris, France, 1951-1964

Profession: Painter

Studied: Phillips Acad., Andover, Mass.; Yale Univ.

Exhibited: Craven Gal., Paris, 1953; Intl. Exposition. Tokyo, Japan, 1956; Salon de Mai, Paris, 1957, 1959, 1961-1963; Intl. Surrealist Exh., NYC, 1960; Stockholm, Sweden, 1961; Am. Chess Fnd., 1961; Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Louvre, 1962; Vienna, 1962; Oakland A. Mus., 1963; Galerie Schmidt, Paris, 1963; Salon des Realites Nouvelles, Paris, 1963; Selections from the L.M. Asher Coll., Art Gal., Univ. New Mexico, 1964; Brandeis Univ., 1964; Maremont Coll., Washington Gal. of Mod. A., 1964; Dwan Gal., Los Angeles, 1965; Heckscher Mus. A., Huntington, N.Y., 1965; Tamarind Lithography Workshop (at Otis AI), Los Angeles, 1965; Cordier Ekstrom Gal., N.Y. Exh. for the Am. Chess Fnd. for the Duchamp Fund, 1966. One-man: Galerie Davsset, 1953, Galerie de Dragon, 1956; Galerie Furstenberg, 1959, Galerie Iris Clert, 1961, 1962, all Paris, France; Galerie Mone Napoleaone, 1954, Galerie Naviglio, 1960, both Milan, Italy; Galerie Cavalino, Venice, Italy, 1960; Inst. Contemp. A., London, 1961; Hanover Gal., London; David Stuart Gal., Los Angeles, 1964; Louisiana Gal., Houston, Tex., 1965; Southwestern College, Chula Vista, Cal., 1965

Work: MoMA; WMAA; AIC; LACMA; PMA; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Gal., London, England; Stedelijk Mus., Amsterdam; Nagaoka City Mus., Japan; also in many private collections, U.S. and abroad.

Comments: Known for his proto-Pop figurative paintings, which he signed "CPLY." In 1948 he opened an art gallery in Los Angeles, devoted to works by refugee artists like Man Ray and Max Ernst. When the gallery failed, he bought many of the paintings and left for Paris. Contributor to Art News and Art News Portfolio.

Sources: WW66; obit., Art in America (Jan. 1997, p.30)

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