Artist
William Pope.L

WILLIAM POPE.L
Skin Set Painting: The Commons Divides Moses and Moses Divides S…
2011-2013
Water-based oil, acrylic on paper
Diptych, overall: 60 3/4 by 117 1/2 in.  154.3 by 298.5 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Skin Set Painting: Orange People Are Rotting Rays From Ruins Refore The Last Enjoy The Griot Convey The Shrapnel Deploy
2012
Mixed media on vellum
36 by 23 3/4 in.  91.4 by 60.3 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Orange People Are The Grid On The Ceiling
2012
Mixed media on paper
12 by 9 in.  30.5 by 22.9 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Blue People Are A Drop Of Halter
2012
Mixed media on paper
12 by 9 in.  30.5 by 22.9 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
091, 23-24, hre/th
Mixed media on paper
12 by 9 in.  30.5 by 22.9 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Negro Idea #267
Vinyl on colored pvc
12 by 11 in.  30.5 by 27.9 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Black to the Future
Vinyl on colored pvc
12 by 11 in.  30.5 by 27.9 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Blink
2011
Performance at Prospect.2, New Orleans

WILLIAM POPE.L
Cusp (Kafka Version)
2010
Performance at FIAC, Paris

WILLIAM POPE.L
Cusp
2010
Performance, lumber, soil, sandbags, pajamas, masks, coat rack
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

WILLIAM POPE.L
Performance Table (with Corbu Popsicle/ Hatchets dipped in black liquid and vaseline)
2009
Photo credit: Shiloh Cinquemani

WILLIAM POPE.L
Foraging (asphyxia version)
2008
Digital c-print Image
19 1/8 by 18 1/2 in.  48.6 by 47 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Coffin (Flag Box)
2008
Wood construction with printed tape, CD player, speakers, metal handles, casters, vinyl grills, electrical cord and book and wood stack
54 7/8 by 72 1/4 by 44 1/4 in. 

WILLIAM POPE.L
Failure Drawing #636 Far Above the Ocean
2009-2010
Ink, acrylic, ballpoint pen, oil stick, marker, correction fluid on map
24 3/4 by 32 in.  62.9 by 81.3 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Purple People are the Rhyme in the Skyout Exactly Against the Red Against the Blue Against the Black Against the Glass Against the Sun
2006-7
Graph paper, bic pen, marker, white-out, and acrylic
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WILLIAM POPE.L
White People are a Desalination Plant in Puerto Rico
2001
Graph paper, bic pen, marker, white-out, and acrylic
11 by 8 1/2 in.  27.9 by 21.6 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Failure Drawing #1
2004-10
Acrylic, ballpoint pen, oil stick, marker, correction fluid, coffee, paper, cellphone tape, colored pencil on hotel stationery
31 7/8 by 22 in.  81 by 55.9 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
The Space Between One Mask and Another and Another...
2006
Photo montage
40 by 48 in.  101.6 by 121.9 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Mollusk
2005-09
Acrylic, oil marker, ink, masking tape, gel medium, cellphone tape on photograph
60 by 36 in.  152.4 by 91.4 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Failure Drawing #33 Red Clouds
2004-06
Ink, black marker, ballpoint pen, acrylic, stains and newspaper collage on joined brown paper
4 3/4 by 9 7/8 in. 12.1 by 25.1 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Failure Drawing #386 Worm in Class Circa
2003-08
Ballpoint pen and watercolor on newspaper over card
4 1/2 by 6 5/16 in.  11.4 by 16 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Failure Drawing #252 Green Sky Red Mountain
2005-06
Ink and colored marker on hotel stationery
5 1/2 by 4 1/4 in.  14 by 10.8 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Failure Drawing #807 Rocket Water, Greyhound Schedule
2004
Ballpoint pen, ink color marker and acrylic on printed paper
4 3/4 by 4 in.  12.1 by 10.2 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Snow Crawl
1992-2001
Wood, mirror, TV. dvd, sandbags
117 by 30 by 30 in.  297.2 by 76.2 by 76.2 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
Foraging (Animal Husbandry)
1995-2001
Archival Iris print sheet
35 by 47 in.  88.9 by 119.4 cm.

WILLIAM POPE.L
The Great White Way, 22 miles, 9 years, 1 street (Whitney version #2)
1990
Video Duration: 6:35 minutes

Artist
William Pope.L

Born 1955, Newark, NJ.
Lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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February 2013
Interview Magazine
William Pope.L

Beginning in th elate '90s, Wiliam Pope.L famously crawled along 22 miles of sidewalk, from the beginning to the end of Broadway - Manhattan's longest street - wearing a capeless Superman outfit with a skateboard strapped to his back.  

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February 2012
Artforum
Prospect.2 New Orleans
Eva Diaz

When curator Dan Cameron inaugurated Prospect New Orleans in 2008, billed as the largest international biennial in the United States it was an act not merely of post-Hurricane Katrina revitalization but of civic reinvention. Though it received virtually no funding from depleted state or city offers, Prospect 1 generated a great deal of curiosity, goodwill, and private patronage and brought contemporary art to the city in an unprecedented way. 

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Published: October 1, 2009
The New York Times
Art in Review—WILLIAM POPE.L
Holland Cotter

In 1961, the artist Allan Kaprow, who coined the term happenings, created an installation in a small open-air courtyard behind the Martha Jackson Gallery at 32 East 69th Street. He wrapped several sculptures already there — a Giacometti and a Barbara Hepworth — in protective tar paper, then filled the space with hundreds of old automobile tires, tossing them around to make piles that visitors were invited to climb.

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December 2008
Art News
Reviews: New York
Kim Levin

William Pope.L, who may well be the best underknown artist around, has long been doing amazing work at the frayed edges where the art world meets Wall Street and the inner city. He is best known for his performances, which have included eating and regurgitating copies of the Wall Street Journal, and crawling on his belly like a worm. 

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October 13, 2008
The New Yorker
GOINGS ON ABOUT TOWN ART GALLERIES—UPTOWN WILLIAM POPE.L

Pope.L lines the gallery with more than a hundred small drawings made in transit since 2003—on airplane napkins, newspaper photographs, hotel stationery, a Howard Johnson's shoe mitt, and so on. The images tend toward the humorously sexual, with plenty of bespectacled worms, volcanoes, and explosions.

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