William N. Copley - Editions & Works on Paper New York Tuesday, October 24, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Phillips New York, Evening & Day Editions, October 25, 2019, lot 333

  • Exhibited

    David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles, CPLY, July 7 - August 1, 1964

  • 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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Woman Taken in Adultery

Unique black marker drawing, on wove paper.
10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm)
Signed 'CPLY' in black ink, additionally signed 'CPLY', annotated 'Bill Copley c/o David Stuart Gallery', titled and dated in pencil on the reverse, framed.

$2,500 - 3,500 

Sold for $2,794

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 24-26 October 2023