Peggy Guggenheim: A Celebration

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 151 pages
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This elegant volume celebrates the 100th anniversary of Peggy Guggenheim's birth in 1898.

Guggenheim's granddaughter Karole Vail provides an intimate biographical account of the collector's extraordinary life from her privileged upbringing through her friendships with such avant-garde figures as Samuel Beckett and Marcel Duchamp. Before World War II, she ran the Guggenheim Jeune gallery in London; there, she quickly accumulated a superb collection of Surrealist and abstract art. In 1942, she escaped to New York with Max Ernst and opened the landmark Art of This Century gallery, where she exhibited her collection and works by such emerging artists as Jackson Pollock.

Guggenheim finally settled in Venice in the 18th-century palazzo that became the Peggy Guggenheim Collection after her death. Her guestbooks, pages from which are published here for the first time, reveal an astounding array of visitors, and drawings by Jean Arp, Marc Chagall, and Alberto Giacometti, among others.

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Peggy Guggenheim was among the most intriguing cultural figures of her day--as intriguing as the vast collection of modern art she amassed over her lifetime. Her granddaughter pays her a fitting ... Read full review


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Vail is the granddaughter of Peggy Guggenheim.

Messer is former director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

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