[Daphne (2009) Andrew Bucci Needlepoint, 13 x 11.5 inches unframed.]
In May, I will have been blogging for five years. (Whew -- flashing back reminds me how tedious HTML could be in the earlier days.) High points along the way have included opportunities to become better acquainted with artists not covered in my art history books and chances to share their work with a new audience. Take, for example, Mississippi-born Andrew Bucci.
[Abstract (1950s) Andrew Bucci Oil/Paper 11 x 8.5 inches.]
In the past we've focused on his mid-century portraits and abstracts on paper but not his needlework. Cole Pratt in New Orleans happens to have two of his needlepoint pictures, and I think the Cooper Hewitt's live Delaunay webcast (with all the talk about Delaunay's openness to different mediums) made me take a second look.
The needlepoint shown at top is recent, completed by Bucci in his late 80s. It seems to be influenced by Matisse, while the second 1950s piece, I'm guessing, shows his interest in Japanese art. Speaking of the latter, the Gibbes has a nice interactive feature about woodblock prints and cultural exchange between Japanese and American artists (click and scroll down to Moon, Flower and Hawk Moth).
Of course, Michael Smith needs no introduction. The first TV episode I downloaded to my iPad was the Man Shops Globe with Smith joining Anthro's buyer-at-large, Keith Johnson, on a working expedition in Mexico. So, naturally, I was happy to see Smith's Jasper Collection app in the iTunes store. His textiles show off especially well via the app -- that's Star Atlantico, above -- but another bonus is the lookbook with a few rooms I've not seen before.
Related reading: This Museum Has a Lived-In Look. (Thanks Mrs. Blandings for alerting me to this one!) And Introducing Picasso: Themes and Variations.