Copley, William Nelson, b. 1919 d. 1996
Active in New York, N.Y.
Collection size: 6 v.
Collection Summary: Six portfolios of miscellaneous loose items containing original works of art by 73 artists. Edited by William N. Copley. Artists include William Copley, Christo, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Joseph Kosuth, Walter de Maria, Yoko Ono, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Artschwager, and Man Ray among others. The portfolios are all kept in original display boxes.
Biographical/Historical Note: Art publication, 1968. S.M.S. (Shit must stop) portfolios were conceived by William N. Copley with Dimitri Petrov as a form of protest against art galleries. Artwork in the portfolios is based on the traditions of Dada, Surrealism, and Pop Art. The portfolios are considered one complete work.
Donated in 2008 by Muriel Kaplan, an art collector, who purchased the portfolios.
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Also in the Archives
- Oral history interview with William Nelson Copley, 1968 January 30
- William Nelson Copley papers, 1948-1967