This multi-piece work by William Copley was part of the SMS portfolio’s 5th volume. SMS (Shit Must Stop) was a collective maintained by Copley, representing some of the most significant artists of the 20th century. The portfolio, released in 1968, gathered work by both world famous and obscure artists in a mail-order subscription of six volumes - bypassing the museum and gallery institution. Each portfolio included multiple editioned parts by artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenberg, John Cage, Terry Riley, and Yoko Ono. Copley’s contribution consisted of documents concerning a Chicago barber’s legal battle to reproduce the image of a Picasso sculpture that was donated by the artist to the city for his appointment cards.
William Copley (also known as CPLY), b. 1919 - d. 1996, was an American painter and art dealer whose work is often associated with the Surrealist art movement.
Folder containing offset printed papers, photographic reproductions and booklets
Edition of 2000
The Letter Edged in Black Press
Folder measures 10 × 6.75 inches