John Coplans

1920–2003

John Coplans, ‘Self-Portrait (Back with Arms Above)’ 1984
Self-Portrait (Back with Arms Above) 1984
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John Coplans, ‘Self-Portrait (Hands Spread on Knees)’ 1985
John Coplans
Self-Portrait (Hands Spread on Knees) 1985
© The estate of John Coplans

John Rivers Coplans (London, 24 June 1920 – New York City, 21 August 2003) was a British artist, art writer, curator, and museum director. A veteran of World War II and a photographer, he emigrated to the United States in 1960 and had many exhibitions in Europe and North America. He was on the founding editorial staff of Artforum from 1962 to 1971, and was Editor-in-Chief from 1972 to 1977.

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