William N. Copley Trust Lust Sin An Extra Marital Affair

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Trust Lust Sin An Extra Marital Affair

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Trust Lust The Accident

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Trust Lust Sin

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley An Extra Marital Affair

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Sin An Extra Marital Affair

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Confiserie CPLY

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Under the Law Music Lesson Free Samples The Champ Untitled

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Music Lesson Free Samples

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled (Card Players) Under the Law

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled (Card Players) Under the Law

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled The Accident Sin An Extra Marital Affair

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Music Lesson The Champ Untitled

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley The Champ Untitled

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Candlemass

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled Music Lesson

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled (Folding Screen)

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled (Folding Screen)

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled (Folding Screen)

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled (Folding Screen) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled (Folding Screen) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Untitled (Folding Screen) Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Confiserie CPLY

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

William N. Copley Confiserie CPLY

Installation view of Confiserie CPLY, Confiserie Schiesser, Basel, 2013

Press Release

Press Release

Confiserie CPLY
June 1 - 15, 2013
Open: Monday through Saturday, 9:00 am - 1:00 am, daily

Confiserie Schiesser
Markplatz 19
Basel, Switzerland

(Basel, CH) – New York-born painter, writer, gallerist, collector, publisher and art entrepreneur William N. Copley (1919-1996) began his career in the arts as a dealer of Surrealist and Dada titans Rene Magritte, Man Ray, Max Ernst, Joseph Cornell and Yves Tanguy. Such was the impact of their work upon the imagination of this American eccentric – who dubbed himself CPLY – that he began to paint on his own in the 1950s after shuttering his Los Angeles gallery. Mixing eroticism, symbolism, whimsy and darkness, CPLY earned the enthusiastic encouragement of the very artists whose works his business had represented. By the early 1970s, he developed a signature style in which everyday objects or (more often and now legendarily) sexually explicit couplings were presented against lushly patterned backgrounds. In these paintings, Copley emerges as a mediator between European postwar art and American Pop Art, and a bemused if troubled guide through the charged sexual, psychological and emotional terra incognita he once referred to as “the tragedy of man and woman.”

In tribute to this 20th century original, Venus Over Manhattan gallery will devote its Spring 2013 program to William Copley with two presentations – Gang Bust, an exhibition in New York City, and Confiserie CPLY, a site-specific art and candy project at the historic Confiserie Schiesser chocolate shop in Basel, Switzerland.


IN BASEL

From June 1st through June 15th, and in conjunction with the annual Art Basel fair in Switzerland, Venus will present the second part of its homage to William Copley with Confiserie CPLY. This project is a collaboration between the gallery and the historic Confiserie Schiesser, the oldest café and chocolate shop in Basel, Switzerland, founded in 1870 and renowned across Europe for its approach to candy making as fine art.

For two weeks, the Confiserie will offer customers to its street level shop a special limited edition product: hand made chocolates decorated in relief with figures from CPLY’s painting Villa Rosa (1959). In the tea salon located on the second of third levels of its landmark building across from the Drei König Hotel (Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois), Confiserie Schiesser also will serve kirsch with CPLY chocolates alongside its regular menu items, in spaces decorated with custom-made CPLY wallpaper derived from the wallpaper pattern key a CPLY canvas. In these rooms Venus will present eight major paintings by the artist.

Confiserie CPLY coincides with the 40th anniversary of Art Basel’s first special single-country exhibitions in 1973 – a show devoted to American art.

For further information about the exhibition and availability, please contact the gallery at info@venusovermanhattan.com

For all press inquiries related to the exhibition, please email press@venusovermanhattan.com

William N. Copley Untitled
William N. Copley Untitled
William N. Copley Free Samples
William N. Copley Under the Law
William N. Copley Untitled (The Card Players)
William N. Copley Untitled (Folding Screen)
William N. Copley Untitled (Folding Screen)
William N. Copley The Accident
William N. Copley Candlemass
William N. Copley Trust Lust
William N. Copley Sin
William N. Copley Music Lesson
William N. Copley An Extra Marital Affair
William N. Copley The Champ
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