William Copley

1919 · United States

Artist biography

William Copley is regarded as a well established artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. William Copley was born in 1919. Artists Dorothea Tanning, Louise Bourgeois, Agnes Martin, Jackson Pollock and Philip Guston are of the same generation and same country as William Copley.

Galleries and Exhibitions

William Copley is represented and exhibited by 3 galleries around the world, in countries such as the Netherlands, the United States, and Germany. The galleries exhibiting William Copley's work include Galerie Onrust in Amsterdam, Venus | Manhattan in New York, and Michael Fuchs Galerie in Berlin. William Copley most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Galerie Leu in Munich (01 November 2019 until 30 December 2019) with the exhibition Group Exhibition.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the development of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural status of New York asserted its influence over Paris, previously thought of as the most powerful art hub in the world. Major art movements established and fostered in extensive ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in diverse forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus various post-modern repetitions of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary period, the United States has exercised a powerful influence upon the worldwide visual culture, due to the dominion of its economic and political structures. Key examples of important U.S artists of the modern and contemporary period include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for William Copley

William Copley was born in 1919 and was primarily influenced by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. Artistic output in the United States was heavily impacted at the time by the Great Depression, and a number of artists took to focusing on ideas of modesty and the ordinary man. For the first time in US history, artists began to delve into political subjects and endeavoured to use their art to impact society. Themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes were predominant in many artists’ work.

William Copley

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