William N. Copley - Under the Influence New York Thursday, March 8, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private collection

  • Artist Biography

    William N. Copley

    American • 1919 - 1996

    William N. Copley, also known by the name of CPLY, drew attention to himself in the late 1940s by fusing elements of Surrealism and Pop Art.  Copley focused on symbols of American pop culture—staples of American society including pin-up girls, cowboys and the flag—and transformed them into more accessible, universal icons that could appeal to both men and women without bias.

    In the '70s, Copley distinguished himself from the rest of the Surrealists by attempting to represent the tumultuous relationship between erotic and pornographic symbolism. He celebrated the female body, sexual freedom and, most of all, the promiscuity of America.

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The proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit Friends of e.1027, an organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of e.1027, Eileen Gray's seminal modernist villa in Roquebrune, France.


S.M.S. (Shit Must Stop), The Letter Edged in Black Press

six mixed media portfolios of ephemera in original cardboard boxes
dimensions variable; each box 14 x 7 1/2 in. (35.6 x 19.1 cm)
Signed and numbered "CPLY 94/2000" on a paper contained in the first box. This work is number 94 from an edition of 2000.

$3,000 - 4,000 

Under the Influence

8 March 2012
New York