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Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present William N. Copley\, The Patriotism of CPLY and All That\, on view 18 October - 21 November\, 2012 at 293 Tenth Avenue\, New York. Referencing the historic exhibition by the same title at Iolas Gallery in 1976\, this exhibition of Copley’s Patriotic works is emblematic of the social satire and political humor found throughout the artist’s oeuv re.

In the paintings on view\, which span over a quarter cent ury of CPLY’s career\, the artist marshals the visual language of American patriotism to create riotous works full of wit and colorful pomp. A field o f stars and stripes vignette a comely reclining nude\, the Washington Monum ent becomes a bathroom stall tableau for CPLY’s own symbolic scrawls\, fire crackers and unlit matches embrace in a kiss.

As a painter\, w riter\, gallerist\, and publisher\, the artist blazed a singular path throu gh numerous territories of post-war art\, along the way charting a vital li nk between the European Surrealist and the American Pop Art movements. CPLY believed that “what [Surrealism] was always meant to be in terms of painti ng (more so perhaps than even Breton realized) was an opening of doors to t he poetic possible through which contemporary art was going to penetrate." CPLY expanded on this idea of poetic penetration in the realms of contempor ary art through his Patriotic paintings.

William N. Co pley’s (1919 – 1996) work is included in private and public collections wor ldwide. CPLY has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions and a travel ing retrospective at the Kunsthalle Bern\, Centre Georges Pompidou\, and th e Stedelijk Van Abbesmuseum\, and has taken part in important group exhibit ions including in documenta 5 and documenta 7\, and most recently\, two maj or retrospectives at Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden\, and the Max Erns t Museum in Nruhl\, Germany. CPLY’s interest in the art world was cultivate d through meeting John Ployardt\, an animator at Disney studios\, and Man R ay during his time spent in Los Angeles in the 1940s. In 1948\, Copley and Ployardt opened their own gallery space called The Copley Galleries\, and f eatured Surrealist artists including Max Ernst\, Rene Magritte\, Yves Tangu y\, and Man Ray. After the gallery’s one-year run\, Copley began focusing o n painting full-time.

A fully-illustrated catalogue will accom pany the exhibition\, featuring a conversation between CPLY’s son\, William B. Copley\, and Vincent Fremont\, about the life and work of CPLY.

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