William N. Copley – Selected Writings


140 x 220 mm, 272 pages
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König

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ISBN 978-3960987765 Categories: ,

Selected Writings is an essential companion for readers interested in the extraordinary life, work, and artistic milieu of William Nelson Copley (1919–1996). Though best known for his radical work as a painter, which he pursued under the name CPLY, Copley was also a talented writer and the texts gathered here present his most significant essays, articles, and conversations. Among Copley’s reflections on art and artists (from Man Ray to Joseph Cornell) is “Portrait of the Artist as Young Dealer,” a vividly humorous account of his brief tenure as a dealer in Surrealist art in 1940s Los Angeles. Also included are key interviews and correspondence illuminating Copley’s own practice and a selection of his newspaper articles, originally published in the 1950s and reprinted now for the first time.


I. Writings About Art and Artists

Address by William N. Copley, Esq.
Serge Charchoune
Man Ray: The Dada of Us All
Marcel Duchamp 1887– 1968
The New Piece
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dealer
About the Hare and the Tortoise but Mostly About the Hare
Joseph Cornell
In My Career as a Name-Dropper

II. Interviews, Texts, and Letters

Excerpts from Oral History Interview with William Nelson Copley
Project for a Dictionary of Platitudes
CPLY: An Interview by Sam Hunter
CPLY by Vincent Fremont
Advice to a Young Artist
Letter to Judith Young-Mallin
A Conversation with William Copley by Alan Jones

III. Early Writings

Copley Galleries to Show Works of Joseph Cornell
French Newspapers
British Broadcasting Corp.
Leaving Paris
Crime Passionnel
Billy Beck
House in the Country
Max Ernst
Bettina Yonick

Chronology by Anthony Atlas
Note on the Texts

Edited by Anthony Atlas and the William N. Copley Estate.

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