WILLIAM N. COPLEY et al.

The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps (group show)
The Menil Collection, Houston
24 March – 13 August 2023

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William N. Copley, Pasadena Incident, 1962, The Menil Collection, Houston, promised gift of Caroline Huber and the estate of Walter Hopps © Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Caroline Philippon
William N. Copley, Pasadena Incident, 1962, The Menil Collection, Houston, promised gift of Caroline Huber and the estate of Walter Hopps © Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Caroline Philippon

William N. Copley’s Pasadena Incident, 1962, is currently on view at the Menil Collection in Houston. Copley created the work in response to an affair involving the Pasadena Health Department, who confiscated a collage by Copley from the exhibition Collage – Artists in California, curated by Walter Hopps at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1962. Speaking of the confiscated work – which featured paper lace and collaged syringes – Hopps later recalled: ‘Copley himself loved that this piece went to jail’. The artist commemorated the event by creating Pasadena Incident, a similar collaged object with tiny black bars across it. 

The Curatorial Imagination of Walter Hopps presents work by numerous artists who played a special role in Hopps’ life and which now comprise a remarkable gift of works to the Menil Collection.

The Menil Collection

William N. Copley, Pasadena Incident, 1962, The Menil Collection, Houston, promised gift of Caroline Huber and the estate of Walter Hopps © Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Caroline Philippon
William N. Copley, Pasadena Incident, 1962, The Menil Collection, Houston, promised gift of Caroline Huber and the estate of Walter Hopps © Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo: Caroline Philippon

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WILLIAM N. COPLEY

See Yourself as Lovers See You (duo show)
Philara Collection, Düsseldorf
13 August 2023 – 14 January 2024

Installation view: See Yourself as Lovers See You, Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, 2023, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Sammlung Philara, exhibition Design: Ruben Smulczynski
Installation view: See Yourself as Lovers See You, Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, 2023, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Sammlung Philara, exhibition Design: Ruben Smulczynski

The Philara Collection will present two internationally renowned artists in the exhibition See Yourself As Lovers See You, with works by William N. Copley and Dorothy Iannone. For the first time, the works of the two artists, who exhibited in 1993 under the title BERLINER AMERIKANER at the Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin, will be shown in juxtaposition. The exhibition focuses on freedom, self-determination, and the ecstasy of physical love; it highlights the interconnections and differences in the work of both artists, Americans whose careers developed in Europe and who continued to produce remarkably comprehensive bodies of work right up to the end of their lives.

Philara Collection

 

Installation view: See Yourself as Lovers See You, Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, 2023, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Sammlung Philara, exhibition Design: Ruben Smulczynski
Installation view: See Yourself as Lovers See You, Philara Collection, Düsseldorf, 2023, photo: Kai Werner Schmidt, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, Sammlung Philara, exhibition Design: Ruben Smulczynski