William N. Copley

1919 · United States

Artist biography

William N. Copley is an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United States. William N. Copley was born in 1919. Born in the same country and of the same generation are Lee Mullican, Louise Bourgeois, Dorothea Tanning, Jackson Pollock and Robert Motherwell.

Galleries and Exhibitions

William N. Copley is represented by multiple galleries around the world, including countries such as the United States and Germany. The galleries exhibiting William N. Copley's work include Paul Kasmin Gallery | 27th Street and Paul Kasmin | 297 Tenth Avenue in the United States, as well as Kewenig | Berlin in Germany. William N. Copley's work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Drawings 1964-1991 at Nino Mier Gallery in Los Angeles, the United States. The exhibition was open from 14 February 2020 until 12 March 2020. William N. Copley's other most recent exhibitions recorded on Artland include the exhibitions; The New York Years (11 March 2020 - 22 April 2020) at Paul Kasmin Gallery | 27th Street in New York and The Ballad of William N. Copley (16 January 2020 - 06 March 2020) at Galerie Max Hetzler | Bleibtreustrasse in Berlin. William N. Copley's first recorded exhibition in Artland's database was called Group Exhibition and took place at Galerie Jurgen Becker in Hamburg, Germany from the 31 May 2017 to 29 July 2017.

Historical Context of United States

The US, in particular New York city, remains as a focal point that has played a significant role in developing modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century. The idea of New York as a new cosmopolitan and highly influential art hub came to be in the post war era, and the city succeeded in asserting its supremacy over Paris, which used to be considered as the most powerful international art centre. The authority of the political and economic institutions of the United States in the modern era has granted the country with a prevailing influence on the visual culture of the world. Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, are significant art movements that emerged in the US. These very movements also reverberated into a myriad of variations, such as diverse forms of Abstract Expressionism, as well as East and West Coast adaptations of Pop Art, among others. Some internationally acclaimed U.S artists of the contemporary period age 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 N. Copley

William N. Copley was born in 1919 and was primarily influenced by the 1930s. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s predominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be the leading artistic trend; a kind of expression and school of thought that by this time had spread worldwide. In Mexico, artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera integrated a number of these principals into their radical political ideologies to develop a new kind of magic realism.

William N. Copley