Self Portrait, Back and Hands, 1984, Silver Gelatin Print, 128,5 x 98,5 cm. Ed 2/3
Self Portrait, Two Fingers (aka Hand, Spread), 1987, Silver Gelatin Print, 64,5 x 71 cm. Ed. 7/12
Self Portrait, Sideways, No 2, 2001, Silver Gelatin Print, 127 x 203 cm. Ed 2/6
Self Portrait, Sideways, No 3, 2001, Silver Gelatin Print, 127 x 203 cm. Ed 2/6
Self Portrait, Reclining Body, No 3, 2000, Silver Gelatin Print, 91,5 x 216 cm. Ed 1/6
Self Portrait, Reclining Body, No 2, 2000, Silver Gelatin Print, 91,5 x 216 cm. Ed 1/6
Self Portrait, Reclining Body, No 4, 2000, Silver Gelatin Print, 91,5 x 216 cm. Ed 1/6
John Coplans was born in 1920 in London and passed away in New York in 2003. He grew up between London and South Africa. After the Second World War, he applied for an arts education grant and began painting. In 1957 his paintings were included in ‘Metavisual, Tachiste, and Abstract Art,’ the first survey of British post-war abstract art. Coplans moved to San Francisco in 1960, and began teaching basic design at the University of California, Berkeley. He was one of the founding editors of the magazine Artforum (1962) with Phil Leider and gradually became involved in art criticism. In 1963 he organized the exhibition ‘Pop Art USA’ at the Oakland Art Museum. Between 1965-67, he was the director of the Art Gallery, University of California, Irvine, where he organized the exhibition ‘Abstract Expressionist Ceramics’ and later became senior curator at the Pasadena Art Museum where he organized the exhibition ‘Serial Imagery’. He curated a series of exhibitions with accompanying catalogues between 1967 and 1978, most importantly James Turrell (1967), Robert Irwin (1968), Roy Lichtenstein (1968), Andy Warhol (1970), Richard Serra (1970), Donald Judd (1971), Ellsworth Kelly (1972), and Weegee: Täter und Opfer (1978). In 1971 Coplans moved to New York to take over editorship of Artforum. Stepping down from Artforum in 1980, he became director of the Akron Art Museum in Ohio. At Akron John Coplans organized the first American exhibition of Brancusi´s photographs and the first American exhibition of John Heartfield´s montages. Coplans moved back to New York in 1981 and began his career in photography. He immediately received widespread acclaim, his works shown in and acquired by museums in Europe and the United States. John Coplans has exhibited with Galerie Nordenhake since 1996.