The first substantial book on Billy Apple’s career. Based on over a decade spent in archives all over the world, and unprecedented access to Apple’s own archive, Christina Barton chronicles how Billy Apple developed his art over 60 years, from London to New York to Auckland. The book includes a generous selection of reproductions of Apple’s works plus other illustrative material.
Billy Apple (born Barrie Bates in Auckland in 1935) is New Zealand’s most internationally significant living artist and a pioneer of pop and conceptual art. At the Royal College of Art in London from 1959-1962, Apple studied with key contemporaries – notably David Hockney – and staged one of the earliest solo exhibitions of the new "pop art" after changing his name, in 1962, to "Billy Apple." In 1964 he moved to New York. There, he worked in advertising, developed his art, collaborated extensively with leading pop artists (most prominently in the 1964 "American Supermarket" exhibition with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and others), and established one of the first alternative art spaces – Apple – which hosted key pop and conceptual art exhibitions. He returned to live in New Zealand in 1990. Apple’s work is widely held in permanent collections from the Tate to the Stedelijk Museum.