ART & DESIGN

Photos: Get to Know the Mystery Artist with Beyoncé’s Approval

William N. Copley is the latest artist sending the Bey hive into a Google frenzy.


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Beyoncé at the William N. Copley retrospective at the Menil Collection in Houston. Photo by @beyonce.

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“Remember the Day,” oil on canvas, 1961. Courtesy of William N. Copley Estate and Paul Kasmin Gallery New York. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“Scorpio Rising,” acrylic on linen, 1973. Private Collection Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“Untitled (Think Metronome in collaboration with Man Ray),” mixed media, 1966. Rosalind & Melvin Jacobs Collection, New York. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“American Girdle,” oil and attached girdle on canvas, 1965. Rosalind & Melvin Jacobs Collection, New York. © 2016 The Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“Untitled,” oil on canvas, 1957. Collection of The Destina Foundation, New York. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“En Garde,” oil and lace collage on canvas, 1962. The Menil Collection, Houston. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“Well Spent Youth,” oil on canvas, 1946. Collection of The Destina Foundation, New York. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“French Horn & Piano Stool,” acrylic on canvas, 1970. Collection of Claire Copley and Alan Eisenberg. © 2016 The Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“Lost Innocence,” acrylic on canvas, 1965. Ann Snider, Los Angeles. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“La Muerticita,” acrylic on linen, 1984. Private collection, the Netherlands, Courtesy: Paul van Esch & Partners Art Advisory, Amsterdam. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“The Bride and the Groom Stripped Bare by Each Other, Even,” oil on canvas, 1963. Aargauer Kunsthaus Aarau, Switzerland / The Andreas Züst Collection. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“Rain,” acrylic on linen, 1973. Olbricht Collection. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“The Cold War,” oil on canvas, 1962. The Menil Collection, Houston. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

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“Reclining Nude,” oil on canvas, 1953. Kasper König, Berlin. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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“1984 and All That,” oil on canvas, 1984. Private collection, the Netherlands, Courtesy of Paul van Esch & Partners Art Advisory, Amsterdam. © 2016 Estate of William N. Copley / Copley LLC / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.