William N. Copley - Modern & Contemporary Art: Evening & Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2024 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Estate of William N. Copley, New York
    Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    New York Cultural Center, CPLY: X-Rated: An Exhibition of New Paintings and Drawings, 22 March–19 May 1974
    New York, Paul Kasmin Gallery, William N. Copley: X-Rated, 6 November–11 December 2010
    Berlin, M.E. Collector's Room, Andreas Slominski & William N. Copley - X-Rated, 30 January-15 May 2011
    Milano, Fondazione Prada, William N. Copley, 20 October 2016-8 January 2017, no. 412, p. 374 (illustrated p. 200)

  • 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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Property of a Prominent Private European Collection


Le Grand Bouffe

signed and dated 'cply 73' lower right; titled 'Le Grande Boufe' on the stretcher
acrylic on linen
114.3 x 147.3 cm (45 x 57 7/8 in.)
Painted in 1973.

£60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for £76,200

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Modern & Contemporary Art: Evening & Day Sale

London Auction 27 June 2024