Billy Apple, ‘I dreamed I went to blazes in my Maidenform Bra (Pink)’, 1964, The Mayor Gallery

London, The Mayor Gallery, Billy Apple: British and American Works 1960-1969, 16 September – 30 October 2010. ill. in cat. p. 60

The artist

About Billy Apple

Conceptual and Pop artist Billy Apple has worked in sculpture, ready-mades, photography, film, silkscreen, painting, performance, online projects, and neon. He established the Billy Apple® trademark brand in London in 1962, changing his name from Barrie Bates, and claimed everyday objects (like apples) and life activities (like cleaning and vacuuming) as art. Apple continued his rise to prominence with the 1964 “American Supermarket” exhibition, collaborating with Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, among others. He has been in alleged negotiations with Saatchi & Saatchi over a project to develop his own trademarked variety of apple, and in The Immortalisation of Billy Apple® (2011) the artist collaborated with scientist Craig Hilton to immortalize his biological tissue, ensuring that Billy Apple® will last forever.

New Zealand, b. 1935, Auckland, based in New Zealand

Solo Shows

2018
London,
Billy Apple® The Artist Has to Live Like Everyone Else

Group Shows

2015
Lulu
Colonia Roma, Cuauhtemoc,