Out of This Century: The Autobiography of Peggy Guggenheim Paperback – 1 Jul 2005
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About the Author
Art collector, patron and enfant terrible, Peggy Guggenheim (1989 - 1979) was born Marguerite Guggenheim to a wealthy New York city family. She became one of the most prominent cultural movers and shakers of the 20th century.
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Her immense wealth enabled her to travel constantly all across Europe (we always learn in which motor-car), and much of this book is an account of every journey she made. What she chooses to record seems quite undiscriminating, often jejune and sometimes positively verges on the Pooterish, not least because of its uninspired style.
She knew nothing about art or music until John Holms, her partner after her first divorce, began to teach her about it, and one always suspects that it was artists rather than art that really attracted her. She admits that even when in 1938 she decided to open an art gallery in London, at the time "I couldn't distinguish one thing in art from another" and acted on the advice of Marcel Duchamp who "taught me the difference between Abstract and Surrealist art"! (p.161). And "in spite of the fact that I was opening a modern art gallery in London, I much preferred old masters" (p.163). These of course were no longer sexually available, while living artists were.Read more ›
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Pants! Peggy Guggenheim is an interesting person, and I'm eager to know more about her after and her accomplished art collection after visiting it in Venice - however, this book,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by AndLaughter
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