ON WEDNESDAY 19 OCTOBER 2016, FONDAZIONE PRADA IN MILAN WILL PRESENT THE PREVIEW OF “WILLIAM N. COPLEY”, OPEN TO ALL FROM 7 TO 9 PM.
William N. Copley (1919-96) is an original artist, self-taught and eclectic, as well as a tireless cultural promoter for his work as a journalist, editor, gallery owner and collector.
Inspired by the Surrealist, and by cartoons imagery and American folk culture, the artist explored with humor and intelligence recurring themes such as pornography, patriotism, and the unexpected potential of everyday objects.
As underlined by Miuccia Prada and Patrizio Bertelli in the introduction featured in the retrospective catalogue, “that of Copley was a career outside the box, independent without being isolated, straddling two continents. In his artworks, eroticism is at the same time joy, sneer and social commitment and the way Copley – or CPLY, as he used to sign his works – send a political message in a visual field seemingly just sexual, makes him the meeting point for geographically and ideally distant research, from Surrealism to Pop Art to Conceptual Art”.
The exhibition covers the American artist’s whole career, from the late ’40s in Los Angeles, developed in Paris and then consolidated between Europe and United States, including over 150 works from international museums and collections, thus presenting the largest retrospective dedicated to him until now.
For the first time the Italian audience will have the chance to admire a selection of masterpieces by Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray and Jean Tinguely, once part of Copley personal collection, and now kept at the Menil Collection in Houston.
Tomorrow at 6.00 pm at the Fondazione Prada Cinema will take place a conversation between Germano Celant and Toby Kamps. The dialogue between the two curators of the exhibition will bring new possibilities of historical and critical interpretative views to confront the multifaceted figure of Copley (on October 20th the entrance will be free from 5.00 to 7.00 pm to visit the exhibition and attend the talk).
October 20th 2016 – January 8th 2017