JOHN COPLANS  

Photographs 1984-2000

At the age of 60, John Coplans began photographing his body, often in close-up, never revealing his face. Created over a period of more than 20 years, these self-portraits detailing his nude body form a poignant study of aging. Coplans often printed his black-and-white images larger than life-size. Details of hands or feet appear monumental in nature. Flesh becomes malleable, sculptural material. His photographs have been exhibited, published and collected throughout the world. John Coplans was born in London in 1920 and was educated in England and South Africa. In addition to his practice as a visual artist, which began with abstract painting and developed much later into a passion for photography, his long career encompassed teaching, writing, curating and advocacy for contemporary art. He immigrated to the United States in 1960 and began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1962, he became a founding editor of Artforum magazine and was affiliated with the publication for 16 years. His art museum positions included senior curator of the Pasadena Art Museum from 1967-1970 and director of the Akron Art Museum from 1978-1980. Coplans authored numerous books and articles of art criticism. He received two John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships and four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Amanda Means, artist and trustee, The John Coplans Trust, will attend the opening reception.

 

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Feet, Five Panels, 1988
Gelatin Silver Print
Artist’s Proof
Frame Size:32 x 96.5 in.
Interlocking Fingers, No. 17, 2000 Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of 3, 1/3
Image Size: 47 x 39 in.
Frame Size: 50.75 x 40.25 in.

Hand, Three Panels, Vertical, 1990 Gelatin Silver Prints
Edition of 3, 1/3
Image Size:27.5 x 34 in.
Mount Size 86 x 36 in. (ea. panel mounted together on 1 large board)
Frame Size: 87 x 37 in.

Back and Hands, 1984
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of 12, 9/12
Image Size:21.75 x 16.5 in.
Paper Size: 20 x 24 in.
Frame Size: 30 x 24 in.
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Hands with Buttocks, 1987 Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of 12, 11/12
Image Size:17 x 21 in.
Paper Size:20 x 24 in.
Frame:25.5 x 29.5 in.
Back of Hand, No.1, 1986 Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of 12, 6/12
Image Size: 41 x 38 in.
Mount Size: 43 x 40 in.
Frame: 44.5 x 41.25 in.
Double Hand, Front, 1988 Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of 12, 7/12
Image Size: 37 x 49 in.
Frame Size: 41 x 53 in.
Interlocking Fingers, No. 12, 1999 Gelatin Silver Print
Artist’s Proof
Image Size: 18 x 22 in.
Paper Size: 20 x 24 in.
Frame: 30.75 x 25.5 in.
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Upside Down, No. 11, 1992 Three photographs dry mounted on one sheet of white museum board Gelatin Silver Prints Edition of 3, 2/3
Image:ea. panel 23x30
Mount Size: 84 x 42 in.
Frame: 85 x 43.25 in.
Feet, Frontal, 1986
Gelatin Silver Print Artist’s Proof
Image Size:54.5 x 35 in.
Mount Size:56.5 x 37 in.
Frame Size: 68 x 39 in.
Frieze, No. 4, Three Panels, 1994 Three panels, each panel framed separately, each panel consists of three images dry mounted on white museum board. Gelatin Silver Prints
Image Size: Ea. image 23 x 29.5 in.Ea. panel: 74 x 32 in., overall frame: 75 x 101.75 in.
Inv. 0081
Hands Spread on Knees, 1985 Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of 12, 11/12
Image Size: 34x 39.5 in.
Mount Size:36 x 41.5 in.
Frame Size: 38 x 43 in.
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Back with Arms Above, 1984
Gelatin Silver Print
Edition of 3, 2/3
Image Size: 42 x 32 in.
Mount Size: 44 x 33.5 in.
Frame Size:45 x 35.5 in.
Three Quarter View, Straight, 1986 Original 4 x 5 Type 55 Polaroid Gelatin Silver Print Artist’s Proof
Image Size: 3.5 x 4.5 in.
Paper Size 4.5 x 5.5 in.
Frame Size: 16 x 20 in.
Interlocking Fingers, No. 22, 2000 Original 4 x 5 Type 55 Polaroid Gelatin Silver Print Artist’s Proof
Image Size: 3.5 x 4.5 in.
Paper Size: 4.5 x 5.5 in.
Frame Size: 16 x 20 in.
Fingers, Walking, 1999 Original 4 x 5 Type 55 Polaroid Gelatin Silver Print Artist’s Proof
Image Size: 3.5 x 4.5 in.
Paper Size: 4.5 x 5.5 in.
Frame Size: 16 x 20 in.
Untitled Interlocking Fingers, No. 8, 1999 Original 4 x 5 Type 55 Polaroid Gelatin Silver Print Artist’s Proof
Image Size: 3.5 x 4.5 in.
Paper Size: 4.5 x 5.5
Frame Size: 16 x 20 in.