UMass Fine Arts Center – Human Animals: The Art of Cobra


The UMass Fine Arts Center in Amherst shows from the 15th Sep till the 20th Nov the exhibition „Human Animals: The Art of Cobra“

The exhibition reexamines the unique meeting of a group of young painters and poets brought together by an optimistic determination to start over after the war and a shared interest in spontaneity and myth, as well as folk art and children’s art. Rejecting both naturalism and pure abstraction at the end of the Second World War, Cobra valued unbridled experimentation and creative freedom, manifested in brilliant, colorful paintings of distorted figures that provided a more symbolic and political European counterpoint to the roughly contemporary “action painting” of the Abstract Expressionists in the U.S.