By Beatrice Wood
116 Pages | 2 B&W photos | 44 color illustrations
Size: 6" x 9" | Binding: soft cover
Pinching Spaniards features letters written by Beatrice Wood, documenting a trip to Europe in 1958, to visit her first love, Henri-Pierre Roché. The two, along with Marcel Duchamp and Louis and Walter Arensberg, were central figures in the New York Dada Movement in 1917. Simultaneously romantic and humorous, the book shares memories of the individuals in Wood's life, and her adventures traveling on a budget in Europe.
Rebellious, radical, and romantic, Beatrice Wood defied propriety to become a true national treasure. Born in San Francisco in 1893, she studied and acted in Paris during her early twenties. She returned to New York in 1914 where she became romantically involved with the Dadaist Marcel Duchamp. Her friends and acquaintances throughout her lifetime included key cultural figures like Constantin Brancusi, Isadora Duncan, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Anais Nin, Krishnamurti, and many others. After a disastrous marriage, financial woes, and a debilitating physical affliction, at the age of 40 she studied ceramics and went on to become one of the major ceramicists of the 20th century. Her work became increasingly daring and experimental, leading to the creation—in her nineties—of her signature pieces.