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  • 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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Man and Woman

Screenprint in colors, on Somerset paper, with full margins,
I. 24 1/8 x 32 in. (61.3 x 81.3 cm);
S. 26 1/8 x 34 in. (66.4 x 86.4 cm)

signed `CPLY' and numbered 64/200 in pencil (there were also 30 artists proofs), minor creasing at left corners, otherwise in very good condition, unframed.

$400 - 600 

Sold for $875


8 June 2010
New York