previews

  • Carl-Henning Pedersen, Pink Sun (Lyserod sol), 1942.

    CoBrA

    Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)
    Royal Hospital Military Road Kilmainham
    July 3–September 21

    BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
    South Shore Road
    March 1–April 21

    Manchester Art Gallery
    Mosley Street
    May 1–June 15

    The CoBrA movement commands credibility these days as a breeding ground of the Situationist International, but its visual style—a paint-squandering figurative expressionism that owes a lot to art brut—has drawn few admirers since its heyday in the late ’40s and ’50s; not even during the ’80s of Schnabel and Baselitz did the Copenhagen/Brussels/Amsterdam look make much of a comeback. Has the time finally come for a reappraisal of Asger Jorn, Karel Appel, and company? Guest curator Peter Shield and the Baltic’s Sune Nordgren have had their work cut out for them, but it’s worth revisiting this boisterous art with an open mind.