“At first glance the treatment of the individual compositions might appear naive. A second glimpse would reveal that they are highly sophisticated. To convey in a simple visual language a philosophy of life that is as profound as it is subtle is no easy endeavor. And here Beato is an unrivaled master.
“The color range might look monotonous, it is mostly limited to the two pairs of complementary colors; red/blue and yellow/ green. But when perusing this portfolio what lingers in one’s eyes and what remains alive in one’s mind is the transparent glory of the rainbow’s richness. The artist not only masters the crystalline grace of a subdued series of tonal variations, she knows instinctively how to match the right hue with the right idea at precisely the right moment. Mozart used to say’ ‘I find the notes that love each other.’ Beato discovers the color that best unites the form, and so concordant is the harmony that rings in the eye’s ear, that one is instantaneously conquered.”
Beatrice Wood was a celebrated artist who was just as well known for her wit and style as she was for the unique luster glazes she created for her ceramics. In addition to being recognized as the “Mama of Dada”, one of the few women credited with pioneering an art movement, she was the inspiration for Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic, and the first woman to attribute her longevity to “chocolate and young men.”
Wood was born into a wealthy San Francisco family in 1893. Despite her parents’ strong opposition, Wood insisted on moving to France to study art. Upon her return to the United States, she met and had a relationship with Marcel Duchamp and Henri-Pierre Roché. The three worked together to create The Blind Man, a magazine that was one of the earliest manifestations of the Dada art movement. The first publication was intended to defend the Duchamp’s readymade urinal titled The Fountain that he submitted under the name R. Mutt to the First Exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in April 1917.
In 1947, Wood moved to Ojai, Ca. While her drawings and sculptures are included in museum collections throughout the world, it was her luster glazed ceramics that she created in her Ojai studio that gained Wood the most recognition. Before Wood, luster had generally been a surface decoration on a previously glazed form, but she used in-glaze luster produced during a single glaze firing. Although Wood did not invent this technique, she imparted to it and the ceramic medium a new expressiveness and theatricality.