1919 born in New York City (NY), educated at Phillips Academy and Yale University
1942-46 Military service in Africa and Italy
1947-48 directs Copley Galleries in Beverly Hills (CA),USA, (with John Ployardt)
1947 begins to paint
1951 moves to Paris
1963 returns to New York (NY)
1992 moves to Key West, Florida where he lives until his death
1996 dies in Key West, Florida

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2017 William N. Copley: Women, Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W. 27th Street, New York
2016 William N. Copley, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy
William N. Copley: The World According to CPLY, The Menil Collection, Houston (TX)
2015 William N. Copley: Drawings (1962 – 1973), Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (NY)
2013 Confiserie CPLY, Marktplatz 19, Basel, Switzerland
2012 The Patriotism of CPLY and All That, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (NY)
Copley, Frieda Burder Museum, Baden Baden, Germany
William N. Copley: Reflection a Past Life, Linn Lühn, Düsseldorf, Germany
2011 X-Rated, Sadie Coles HQ, London
2010 me Collectors Room, Berlin
X-Rated, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (NY)
2009 Galerie Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart, Germany
Western songs, El Sourdog Hex, Berlin
Linn Lühn, Cologne, Germany
2007 Linn Lühn, Cologne, Germany
2006 Works from the 1970’s, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (NY)
Galerie manus presse/Klaus Gerrit Friese, Stuttgart, Germany
2005 Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
2004 Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany
Mamco-Musèe d’art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (IL), USA
2003 Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (NY)
BAWAG Foundation, Vienna (Easy to Read Storybook)
Johann Konig, Berlin
2002 Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich (Drawings 1956-1994)
2001 Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (NY)
Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, the Netherlands
2000 Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York (NY)
Bilder, Galerie Schonewald und Beuse, Dusseldorf, Germany
1999 Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
L.A.C., Lieu d'Art Contemporain, Sigean, France
Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany
Herning Kunstmuseum, Herning, Germany
1998 Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (NY)
1997 Ulmer Museum, Ulm
Galerie Kurt Schafer, Berlin
1996 Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (NY)
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
1995 Kestner-Gesellshaft, Hamburg (Retrospective)
Galerie Lelong, Zurich, Switzerland
Galerie Kurt Schafer, Berlin
Galerie Zell am See, Schloss Rosenberg, Austria
Galerie Michael, Heidelberg
Galerie Brigitte Ihsen, Cologne, Germany
1994 Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (NY)
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
Galerie Fred Jahn and Nolan/Eckman Gallery, Art Basel
Galerie Klewan, Munich, Germany
Galerie Heike Curtze, Vienna
1993 Galerie Zell am See, Schloss Rosenberg, Austria
Haus Am Lutzowplatz, Berlin, Germany
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
1992 Galleria Peccolo, Livorno, Italy
Galleria Milano, Milan, Italy
1991 David Nolan Gallery, New York (NY)
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York (NY) & Chicago (IL), USA
Galerie Klewan, Munich, Germany
1990 Galerie Klewan, Munich, Germany
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago(IL), USA
1988 Galerie 1900/2000, Paris
1987 Kewenig Galerie, Frechen-bachem, Germany
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York (NY)
1986 New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York(NY) (The Tomb of the Unknown Whore, installation)
1985 Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York (NY)
The Quay Gallery, San Francisco (CA), USA
Galleria Montenapoleane, Milan, Italy
1983 Reinhard Onnasch Ausstellungen, Berlin, Germany (Post-Raphaelite Painting)
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York (NY)
1982 Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago (IL), USA
1981 Galerie Klewan, Munich, Germany
Kunstlerwerkstatt, Lothringerstrasse, Munich, Germany
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York (NY)
Brooks Jackson Gallery, New York (NY)
1980-81 Badischer Kunstverein e.v., Karlsruhe, Germany
Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Traveling Retrospective)
Musee National D'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Kunsthalle Bern, Bern
Brooks Jackson Gallery, New York (NY)
1979 Institute for the Arts, Rice University, Houston, Texas (TX), USA, (CPLY: Reflections on a Past Life)
Galerie Fassbender, Munich, Germany (CPLY/X-Rated Paintings)
1978-79 David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles (CA), USA (Variations on a Theme by Francis Picabia)Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY)
Galerie Rudolf Zwirner, Cologne, Germany
1978 Galerie Fassbender, Munich, Germany
Galerie Springer, Berlin
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York, (NY)
1977 Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago, (IL), USA
1976 Washington Art Association, Washington (CT), USA
David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY)
1975 Erik Nord Gallery, Nantucket (MA), USA
1974 Galerie Onnasch, Cologne, Germany (Western Songs)
Onnasch Gallery, New York (NY)
Moore College of Art, Philadelphia (PA), USA
New York Cultural Center, New York (NY) (CPLY/X-Rated)
1973 Gallerie Il Fauna, Turin, Italy
1972 Gallery Suzanne Saxe, San Francisco (CA), USA
Galerie Iolas, Milan & Paris
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY)
David Stuart Galleries, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Galerie Michael Werner, Cologne, Germany
GalerieAspects, Brussels
Galerie du Dragon, Paris
1971 Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY), (Nouns)
1970 Galerie Aspects, Brussels
Galerie Neuendorf, Cologne, Germany
Galerie Springer, Berlin
1969 Ballads, Galerie Iolas, Geneva
Gallerie de Leone, Venice, Italy
Merida Gallery, Louisville, (KY), USA
1968 Galerie Springer, Berlin
Galerie Neuendorf, Hamburg, Germany
1967 Bodley Gallery, New York (NY)
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY) (Homage to Robert W. Service) Galerie Iolas, Paris
1966 TStedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (Copley - Entertainment for Men)
Galerie Iolas, Paris
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY)
1965 Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago (IL), USA
Southwestern College, Chula Vista (CA), USA
Louisiana Gallery, Houston, Texas (TX), USA
1964 David Stuart Gallery, Los Angeles (CA), USA
1963 Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY)
Galerie Iris Clert, Paris (Les Suffragettes Erotiques de Bill Copley)
Hanover Gallery, London
1962 Gallerie Arturo Schwarz, Milan, Italy
1961 The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY)
Galerie Iris Clert, Paris
1960 Galleria Cavallino, Venice, Italy
Galleria d'Arte del Naviglio, Milan, Italy
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York
1959 Galerie Furstenberg, Paris
1958 Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY)
1956 Galerie du Dragon, Paris
Alexander Iolas Gallery, New York (NY)
1954 Galleria Montenapoleone, Milan
1953 Nina Dausset, Paris
1951 Royer's Book Shop, Los Angeles (CA), USA

Selected Group Exhibitions

 2016 William Copley, Elma Talbot, Ina van Zyl, Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2015 H.D. Buttercup’s Apartment, H.D. Buttercup, Los Angeles (CA), USA (curated by Michael Fuchs Galerie)
The Shadow is Taken, Algus Greenspon, New York (NY)
Viewer Discretion: Children of Bataille, Stux & Haller, New York (NY)
In Part, Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy (curated by Nick Cullinan)
The Violet Crab
, DRAF, London
2014 Live and Let Die, Stuart Shave Modern Art, London
Alexander the Great: The Iolas Gallery 1955 – 1987, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York (NY)
Purple States, Andrew Edlin Gallery, New York
Pop Abstraction, Fredericks and Fraser Gallery and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York (NY)
 2013  Re-view, Hauser and Wirth, London
Gang Bust: William Copley & Big Fat Black Cock Inc., Venus Over Manhattan, New York (NY)
Feminine / Masculine, Michael Fuchs Galerie, Berlin
2012 Interiors, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York (NY), USA
 2011 After Shelly Duval ’72 (Frogs on the High Line), Maccarone, New York (NY)
William N. Copley and Andreas Slominski – X-Rated, me Collectors Room, Berlin
2009 And Other Essays, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, New York (NY)
Exile on Mail St., Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Jr and Son’s, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York (NY)
2008 Diana und Aktaion: der verbotene Blick auf die Nacktheit, museum kunst palest, Dusseldorf, Germany
Karl Bohrmann- William N. Copley, Galerie Klaus Gerrit Freise, Stuttgart, Germany
Carte Blanche III: “Gedichte der Fakten”: Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Arend und Brigitte Oetker, GfZK-Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Lepzig, Germany
Liebe, Love, Paare, Gustav-Lubcke-Museum, Hamm, Germany
Museum im Kulterspeicher, Wurzburg: Ulmer Museum, Ulm, Germany
Mirror, Mirror, Edward Thorpe Gallery, New York (NY)
2007 Deutsche und Amerikanische Malerei: Aus der Sammlung Freider Burda, Museum Freider Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
Rockers Island: Olbricht Collection, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany
Sixties! Art, Fashion, Design, Film and Photography, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
AFFINITIES, Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin
2006 Die anderen Bilder, Museum der Stadt, Ratingen, Germany (?)
Ele-Mental - David Nolan Gallery, New York City (NY)
Six Feet Under: Autopsie unseres Umgangs mit Toten, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern
Models and Prototypes, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis (MO), USA
L’Amateur d’estampes, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Tourcoing, France
Collage Effect, 1301PE, Los Angeles, (CA), USA
Group Show, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (UK)
2005 Internationale Zeichner - Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
Bilderwechsel III – Amerikanische Malerei , Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden, Germany
2004 FUNNY CUTS - Cartoons und Comics in der zeitgenössische Kunst - Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
Eröffnungsausstellung Sammlung Frieder Burda - Museum Frieder Burda, BadenBaden, Germany
Sammlung Frieder Burda - Eröffnungsausstellung, Staatliche Kunsthalle BadenBaden, Baden-Baden, Germany.
Christmas Art Gifts, Artiscope, Brussels
Baume, Galerie Biedermann, Munich, Germany
2003 Imagine - Selections from the permanent collection, Museum of Contemporary Art - North Miami (MOCA), Miami (FL), USA
2001 Kunst Sammeln I: Werke zeitgenossischer Kunst aus den Sammlungen von Cramm, Falckenburg, Kalkmann, Kunstverein Bad Salzdetfurth e.V., Bodenburg
Museum unserer Wunsche, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
2000 Prints Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (NY)
Im Gegenuber: Landschaften, Stilleben, Portraits, Galerie von Braunbehrens, Munich
1998 Summer Group Show. Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York Imagined World. David Nolan Gallery, New York (NY)
1997 Magie der Zahl in der Kunst des 20. Jahrhunderts, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, Germany
Spiral Village, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, The Netherlands
1996 Hommage a Copley, Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich, Germany
Think, Galerie Brigitte Ihsen, Cologne, Germany
Disegni americani degli anni ottanta: 15 artisti. Galleria Milano, Milan, Italy
1995 Bunnies - A Group Show, Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York (NY)
Drawing the line: Reappraising Drawing Past and Present, Southampton City Art
Gallery, Southampton; Manchester City Art Galleries; Ferens Art Gallery; Hull;
Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
1994 Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art, Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio (OH), USA
1989 Bilderstreit: Widerspruch, Einheit und Fragment in der Kunst seit 1960, Museum Ludwig in den Rheinhallen der Kolner Messe, Cologne, Germany
1988 Gran Pavese, The Flag Project, MuHKA Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium
Roger Brown, William Copley, Duncan Hannah. Gloria Luria Gallery, Miami (FL),USA
1987 The Amused Eye: A National Sampling of Humor in Art, The Evanston Art Center, Evanston, Illinois (IL), USA
1986 Column, Galerie Jule Kewenig, Frenchen-Bachem, Germany
Europa/Amerika: die Geschichte einer kunstlerischen Faszination seit 1940, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
1985 Cinquante ans de dessins americains, 1930-1980. Ecole nationale superieure des beaux-arts, Paris
Paravents, Schloss Lorsfeld, Kerpen , Germany
1984 Auto and Culture, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Detroit Art Institute of Arts, Detroit (MI), USA
1983 Looking at Women, Artemesia Gallery, Chicago (IL), USA
Festival of the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown (PA), USA
Contemporary Paintings from the Weatherspoon Art Gallery. University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina (NC), USA
The Last Laugh. Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, Portsmouth, Ohio (OH), USA
1982 documenta 7, Kassel, Germany
The Erotic Impulse. Roger Litz Gallery, New York (NY)
1981 Westkunst. Museen der Staadt Koln, Cologne, Germany
1980 "American Painting of the Sixties and Seventies: The Real, Ideal and the Fantastic", Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (NY) (and others)
"The Figurative Tradition and The Whitney Museum of Art", The Whitney Museum of Art, New York (NY)
1978 "Aspekte der 60er Jahre: aus der Sammlung Reinhard Onnasch", Nationalgalerie, Berlin
American Nude, Harold Reed Gallery, New York (NY)
Box Museum, Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York (NY)
1977 Artist’s Renderings of Paintings, Pinoteca di Brera, Milan, Musee du Louvre, Paris
The Dada/Surrealist Heritage, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. Massachusetts (MA), USA
Art Outside the Mainstream/Bad Painting, The New Museum, New York (NY)
1976 The William Seitz Memorial Exhibition, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey (NJ), USA
1975 Three Generations of the American Nude, New York Cultural Center, New York (NY)
1972 documenta 5, Kassel, Germany
1971 Erotic Art, The Art Center of the New School for Social Research, The New Museum, New York (NY)
1970 Hot Show, Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York (NY)
Copley, Brauner and Magritte, Louisiana Gallery, Houston, Texas (TX), USA
Box Top Art, Illinois State University, Bloomington, Illinois (IL), USA
1967 Around the Automobile, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (NY) (and others)
Mixed Masters, University of St. Thomas, Houston (TX), USA
1966 Hommage a Caissa: Exhibition for the Chess Foundation of the Duchamp Fund, Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery, New York (NY)
Surrealist Exhibition, University of California, Santa Barbara, Italy
Le Portrait, Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris
25 Years of Art in San Diego, La Jolla Museum of Art, La Jolla (CA), USA
1965 Pop Art, Noveau Realisme, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels
Surrealist Exhibition, Byron Gallery, New York (NY)
Visiting Artists at the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Group Show, Dwan Gallery, Los Angeles (CA), USA
Whence Pop, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, England
1964 Selections from the L.M. Asher Collection, University Art Gallery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (NM), USA
New Directions in American Painting, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham (MA), USA
Nieuwe realisten, Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague
The Maremont Collection, Washington Gallery of Modern Art, Washington, (DC), USA
Le Surrealisme: Sources, Histoire, Affinities. Galerie Charpentier, Paris
1963 Pop Art USA, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland (CA), USA
XIX Salon de Mai, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
18 Salon de Realities Nouvelles, Musee Municipal d’Art Modern, Paris
Paris Lettriste, Galerie Schmidt, Paris
1962 Collage out of California, Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena (CA), USA
Antagonismes 2: L’objet, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Palais du Louvre, Pavillion de Marsan, Paris
Surrealismus: Phantastiche Malerei der Gegenwart, Kunstlerhaus, Vienna
XVIII Salon de Mai. Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
1961 XVII Salon de Mai. Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Bewogen beweging-Rorelse i Konsten, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
Moderna Museet, Stockholm
1959 XVI Salon de Mai. Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Exposition Internationale du Surrealisme, Galerie Daniel Cordier, Paris
Arte Fantastica, Museo de Castillo di San Giusto, Trieste, Italy
The Maremont Collection at the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology at Crown Hall, Chicago (IL), USA
1957 Verzameling Urvater, Rijksmuseum Kroller-Muller, Otterlo: The Museum and Art Gallery, Leiscester; City of York Gallery; The Tate Gallery, London
1956 XV Salon de Mai. Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris
Exposition Internationale de l’art actuel, Nagaoka Museum, Nagaoka, Japan
1954 Americans in Paris, Galerie Arthur Craven, Paris