William Copley


Chalk on paper, framed
60 x 47 cm; 23.6 x 18.5 in, sheet
62 x 62 cm; 24.4 x 24.4 in, framed

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Copley participated at documenta 5 (1972) and documenta 7 (1982) in Kassel, Germany.

Copley's chalk drawing shows a cartoonish, faceless man in a hat, a woman, as so often in his works, unclothed and in explicit poses. The background is patterned, peppered with patriotic symbolism in the form of flags and banners, as well as everyday objects. In his colorful and lively sceneries, the artist satirically portrays public and private encounters: plain contours and sharp observations are meant to reveal the repressed desires of a white, heterosexual middle class.

William Copley (1919-1996) was seen as a facilitator between the Surrealists and the Pop Art movement. He is known for his incomparable and laconic way of portraying the absurdities of the everyday, often peppered with his own brand of slapstick humor.

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