Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

A Collector's Album

Book - 1996
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One woman of the 20th century who continues to fascinate and achieve an ever-growing popularity is Peggy Guggenheim. Here, at last, is the re-publication of her personal biography. Art patron extraordinaire, who effortlessly combined the personal and professional (indeed, they were almost indistinguishable), her life was marked by drama and adventure. Every aspect of that extraordinary life is reproduced in this lavishly illustrated volume, beginning with her privileged childhood as a member of the wealthy and powerful Guggenheim family and ending with her settling in her Venetian palazzo on the Grand Canal. Whether posing for Man Ray or Berenice Abbott; keeping company with James Joyce, Samuel Beckett or marrying Max Ernst; helping Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell or Mark Rothko to become major figures; Peggy Guggenheim had a lifetime of historic interludes with some of the most notable artists of the 20th century. Illustrated with both momentous and casual moments, here are the most private and revealing parts of Guggenheim's exceptional life.

Blackwell North Amer
In this stunning volume, a previously unpublished collection of photographs from her personal albums and family archives reveals a Peggy Guggenheim fascinated by the instantaneous, posing with natural sensuality for such celebrated photographers as Man Ray or Berenice Abbot, but also for her intimates, in private moments and on historic occasions, with her lovers, husbands, children, and friends. Beginning with her gilded childhood among the powerful Guggenheims of Manhattan, these photographs record Peggy's plunge into the Bohemian world of Jazz-Age Paris, an interlude with avant-garde writers in the English countryside, and her return to Montparnasse, in the company of James Joyce, but in the arms of Samuel Beckett. In the late 1930s, under the aegis of Marcel Duchamp and Herbert Read, she launched her first artistic undertaking by opening the gallery Guggenheim Jeune on London's Cork Street. But the Second World War sent her and her already celebrated collection into exile in New York along with the European surrealist artists, many of whom she had helped escape from war-torn Europe. There she married Max Ernst and staged her groundbreaking exhibitions of young, unknown American artists such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, and Mark Rothko. When the armistice was declared, Peggy returned to Europe, settling in a Venetian palazzo on the Grand Canal, where she became known as "the last dogaressa." The ultimate provocation, the Palazzo Guggenheim became the Renaissance setting for her remarkable collection of twentieth-century art an obligatory stop-over for an international cultural elite.

Publisher: Paris ; New York : Flammarion, c1996
ISBN: 9782080136107
Characteristics: 175 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm


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