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William N. Copley was born in New York City in 1919 and educated at Phillips Academy and Yale University. CPLY served in the Military from 1942 until 1946 in Africa and Italy.

In 1947 he opened Copley Galleries with John Ployardt in Beverly Hills, California and exhibited surrealist artists Magritte, Matta, Joseph Cornell, Man Ray, Tanguy and Max Ernst. The gallery did not attract collectors and closed marking the start of his careers as a collector and artist.

CPLY spent most of the 50's and early 60's living and working in Paris, returning to New York City in 1963. He moved to Key West, Florida in 1992 where he lived until his death in May of 1996.

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2000 "Copley Collects CPLY", Phyllis Kind Gallery,
New York, November 4–December 2000
1999 Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
L.A.C., Lieu d'Art Contemporain, Sigean, France
1998 Galerie Lelong, Zurich
Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam
Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York
1997 Ulmer Museum, Ulm
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
1996 Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York, NY
1995 Kestner-Gesellshaft, Hamburg (Retrospective)
Galerie Lelong, Zurich
1994 Nolan/Eckman Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Galerie Zell am See, Schloss Rosenberg, Austria
Haus Am Lutzowplatz, Berlin Germany
1991 David Nolan Gallery, New York
Galerie Fred Jahn, Munich
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York and Chicago
1990 Galerie Klewan, Munich, Germany
Phyllis Kind Gallery, Chicago
1988 Galerie 1900/2000, Paris
1987 Kewenig Galerie, Frechen-bachem, Germany
Phyllis Kind Gallery, New York

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