New York

William Copley

Iolas Gallery

No mistake be made, William Copley is quite clear about the matter of our country’s birth. Not confident that the sacred cows have been brought to the slaughter enough times already, he takes each of our national heros and myths and subjects them to a raunchy replay. Copley knows that to be subtle would be coy, and also overlooked. He had an all-blue painting with dark blue block lettering reading DON’T FIRE UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITES OF THEIR EYES. It was a good pun and a good painting which not-so-incidentally poked fun at the one-color canvas school of painting. Other paintings with obvious messages assailed such myths as Betsy Ross, who does a striptease with the newly created American flag right off a quite modern Singer; some heroic eagles with W.C. Fieldsian epigrams; firecrackers glued to a “July 5” painting; and a George Washington slightly drunk with a red nose. On a rather

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