Billy Apple (1935-.) New Zealand

Biographical Information

Billy Apple, the adaptive name of Barrie Bates, was born in 1935 in Auckland.

He studied at the Royal College of Art, London and was at the vanguard of British Pop Art, rebranding himself as Billy Apple in 1962.

Billy Apple moved to New York in 1964 and exhibited in the seminal American Supermarket installation. He developed a Conceptual Art practice and established APPLE (1969 –1973), as one of New York’s seven not-for-profit spaces.

The Serpentine Gallery, London hosted a major survey of his work in 1974. Apple’s subsequent text-based works drew attention to relationships between artists, dealers and collectors. Billy Apple® became a registered trademark in 2007, formalizing his art-brand status.

Recent survey exhibitions include Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Adam Art Gallery, Wellington and The Mayor Gallery, London.

His work is held in public collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Tate Britain and Te Papa Tongarewa, Museum of New Zealand. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

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Acrylic on canvas, 214.5 x 152.5 cm
Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, Art+Object, Auckland.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings77A$52,135 N/A
Works on Paper119A$3,881 N/A
Prints & Graphics4940A$6,042 A$1,031
Objects76A$7,922 N/A

* Calculated on sales over the last three years, where there are a sufficient number of sales over that period.

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