Bloom is a celebration of flowers in fashion. A splendid array of flowers has always dwelled in the wardrobe, confirming that human striving for magnificence is only the simulation of nature s abundant beauty. To propose flowers in costume is, of course, to document only one of the countless floral manifestations of the Museum. Throughout The Metropolitan Museum of Art, bowers and bouquets of flowers thrive in paintings, pop into sculptural form, lend enchantment to porcelain vases and stained glass, and enhance the lush environments of manuscripts and tapestries. Painter Georgia O'Keeffe, no stranger to the singular beauty of flowers, proposed that “Nobody sees a flower really, it is so small, we haven t time.” Herewith, we insist on finding the time to look at the flowers of fashion.
Bloom is Eric Johnson's fifth studio release, released in June 2005. It was the first studio release since his 1996 album Venus Isle almost nine years prior. However in these nine years he had released a live album by his side-project Alien Love Child entitled Live and Beyond in 2000 as well as an album of previously unreleased material titled Souvenir in 2002. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2006 under the category of Best Pop Instrumental Album. Special guests include Grammy Award-winning vocalist Shawn Colvin and guitarist Adrian Legg.