Cobra in Art history is an European avant-garde movement (1948-1951) born between the cities of COpenhagen (CO), BRussells (BR) and Amsterdam (A); it takes its name from the conjunction of the initial letters of these three capitals.
Charactherized mainly as the rebellion against the authoritarian II Post World War atmosphere, this movement represented an important step into the modern art history useful to understand its development and actual achievements.
It is also a central aspect the european vocation of this Movement, born and conceived not to be limited in a small geographic territory of the northern Europe but as a message to be part of the whole post war european spirit.
Common visual element of the Cobra Artists were the instinctive usage of essential and strong colors, the deformed representation of humans, strong strokes and evident letters incision on the canvas.
All these elements meant to communicate a protest against the “civilized system of art”, a kind of childlike approach representing the terror and fragile balance of that European society.
The short experience of Cobra left a message of modernity not perfectly understood in those times; few decades after a young American painter managed unconsciously to “revisit” that experience and complete the path traced by the Cobra Artists: Mr. Jean-Michel Basquiet.
It may sound too much daring, but i believe the continuation and evolution of languages and sensitivities we can appreciate from Cobra until Basquiet represent the logical continuation of these restless souls who enriched with their talent and creativity the Modern Art scenario.
My Cobra Collection represents an unconscious (and not expected) dialogue with this artistic experience where i concluded my art presents evident similarities with this way to feel and interpret visual art.
Colorful representations on the city walls are the visual essence of the street art.
Globe traveler artists take part this modern expression using public locations as art gallery and the urban landscape as frame.
Street Artists want to break the borders of the “formal art world” killing its mainstreams and desecrating their holy temples.
Provocative and ironic subjects made of this art a striking and attractive choice of communication able to gain world media attention and becoming itself part of the “art system” offer.
Allowing artists to convert grey suburbs into interesting hubs of creativity, world cities have contributed to show the most important aspect of this Artistic movement: converting anonymous into fame.
It’s certainly not a case Banksy – the most famous Street artist – has built his popularity keeping his real identity unknown.
With this Art Blog i’d like to create a “public wall” where we could discuss and share opinions about Art drawing the roles together in the name of creativity.
The first topic will be the Performance Art. Performance Art generally consists of 2 elements : the body of the artist as medium and the action which become art itself.
The essence of this expression stays into the absolute absence of rules, scheme or any other kind of attempt to rationalize it.
It is generally agreed to date its complex origins with Dadaism, Futurism and Conceptualism in Europe and the Action Painting of James Pollock in the States.
Wandering if it belong to visual art or not is one of the main dilemma realted to this movement; personally i consider this categorization a bit tight for a way of expression genetically intolerant to resctrictions.
This heterogeneous artistic DNA and versatile attitude explains indeed its attractive meaning and the enourms margins of development.
Still today performers are considered pioneers of a different expression which achieved a large public interest and access in the extreme wing of the traditional system of art.