A patron of art since the 1930s, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, provides an insider’s view of the early days of modern art, with revealing accounts of her eccentric wealthy family, her personal and professional relationships, and often surprising portrayals of the artists themselves. Here is a book that captures a valuable chapter in the history of modern art, as well as the spirit of one of its greatest advocates. 13 photos.
Kate Lochte says:
“Someday there’s a trip to Venice, Italy in my future and among my stops will be Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where Peggy Guggenheim made her stand for 20th century artists, often reclining in her turquoise bedroom graced by a silver bed-head by sculptor Alexander Calder. Guggenheim’s father went down with the Titanic and she used her legacy to go into the art business on her own while her uncle Solomon Guggenheim did the same thing, eventually building Frank Lloyd Wright’s spiral caprice that is the Guggenheim Museum in New York. She championed artists like Arp, Pollock, Marini, Giacometti, and Ernst (who was one of her husbands, as well). She opened galleries, mounted exhibitions, and threw parties. Guggenheim writes a blunt and entertaining book about herself and it prompted me to read another book about her by a former director of the Guggenheim, New York, and her granddaughter – which pretty much corroborated everything in the autobiography. Refreshing!”
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