Raoul Dufy: A Celebration of Beauty remains on view at Mississippi Museum of Art and continues through July 5, 2009. In addition to roughly 100 of his paintings -- the work he is better known for in the mainstream -- this exhibition includes around 100 original silk fabrics and textile designs presented from the archives of Bianchini-Ferier in Lyon, France.
In the early 20th century Dufy wrote: "Paintings have spilled from their frames and stained our dress and our walls." He was immersed in a bold new movement that was bringing vibrant, large-scale block-printed textiles to high fashion and the home. Couturier Paul Poiret frequently used Dufy's fabrics, and the artist is often credited with ushering in the era of modern fabric design.
A key theme in the current exhibition is Dufy's interest in appreciating everyday beauty -- basic pleasures that make life worth living. Check the Museum calendar for a list of all the Dufy-related April happenings.
Images courtesy Mississippi Museum of Art
More art on view in the South: I usually only see Romare Bearden's work in museums but Jerald Melberg Gallery has some wonderful examples available. This small watercolor and collage on paper, The Long Fence, 1986, caught my eye. If you have access to Charlotte Taste, look for more on Bearden and the Melberg in the spring issue.