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. Copley blazed a singular path through numerous territories of post-war art, along the way charting a vital link between the European Surrealist and the American Pop Art movements.

His work appears in major public and private collections worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Numerous international exhibitions of CPLY'S work include a major retrospective at the Kunsthalle Bern, in Switzerland which traveled to Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and the Stedelijk Van Abbesmuseum, Amsterdam in 1980-81. Copley has been exhibited in several important group exhibitions, including the prestigious Documenta 5 and Documenta 7. Most recently, Copley was the subject of a comprehensive traveling retrospective organized by The Menil Collection and Fondazione Prada and is on view through February 12, 2017.

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
“William N. Copley: The World According to CPLY,” THE MENIL COLLECTION, Houston, Texas, traveled to, FONDAZIONEE PRADA, Milan, Italy


2015
“Drawings (1962 – 1973),” PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York GALERIE 1900-2000, Paris

“Collective Dissent: The SMS Portfolios,” SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, Scottsdale

2012
"Copley Retrospective," MUSEUM FRIEDER BURDA, Baden Baden
"Patriotism of CPLY," PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York 
"Copley," MUSUEM FRIEDER BURDA, BADEN BADEN; Max Ernst Museum Brühl Des Lvr, Bruhl; Stiflung Ahlers Pro Arte/Kestner Pro Arte, Hanover
"William N. Copley: Works 1948 - 1983," GALERIE VON BRAUNBEHRENS, Munich

2011
"X-Rated," SADIE COLES HQ, London

2010
CPLY: X-Rated, PAUL KASMIN GALLERY, New York

2004
MUSEE D'ART MODERNE ET CONTEMPORAIN, Genève, Switzerland 

1980-81    
BADISCHER KUNSTVEREIN, Karlsruhe, Germany

STEDELIJK VAN ABBEMUSEUM, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (traveling retrospective)

Musee National d'Art Moderne, CENTRE GEORGES POMPIDOU, Paris

Kunsthalle Bern

1979
"CPLY: Reflections on a Past Life," INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS, Rice University, Houston

1974
"CPLY/X-RATED," New York Cultural Center, New York

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