2012-05-17 / Lifestyles

New exhibit at Besse Center Gallery

ESCANABA – A new Besse Center Gallery exhibit, The CoBrA Collection: The Kornwise and Pappas Gift, is open at Bay College and running until July 27.

In December 1980, Bay College received a generous gift of Fine Art from Dr. and Mrs. Stanford Kornwise and Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Pappas. The gift was arranged by former art professor Eric Castle. The works are significant original lithographs and serigraphs, signed and numbered by the artists Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, and Guillaume Corneille. They are all founders of the European art movement, CoBrA, which, in 1947, held that, since Western civilization had nearly destroyed itself in WWII, it was time for art to explore innocence.

Primary colors, whimsical lines, and subject matter drawn from fantasy defined the artists’ style. The group drew inspiration from the innocence of a child’s view of life, and how adults could use that view to help shape the post-war era.

All of these artists went on to become internationally recognized. They won numerous major prizes, enjoyed major exhibits of their work in the world’s best museums, and are now safely settled into the mainstream of modern art as significant contributors.

Bay College is proud to share these important original works.

For more information, please visit baycollege.edu/events or contact Larry Leffel, 906-217- 4221.

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