Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
She spent entire days in bed with Samuel Beckett. She seduced Max Ernst (conquest 3,182, al-legedly). She married twice, and carried on with married men. The heiress Peggy Guggenheim was not beautiful—her large, tuberous nose was derided as the “Guggenheim potato”—but she was the type of woman who was sexy by sheer force of personality. And she was just as addicted to art as she was to sex. The super-patron discovered Jackson Pollock, introduced London to Wassily Kandinsky, and flooded New York with a European wave of artists like Mark Rothko and Robert Motherwell. Guggenheim’s story is well-chronicled, but to get the full sense of her flamboyance, her life is even better seen in this film by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, who also di-rected a lauded 2011 doc about her auntie-in-law, “Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.”
Photo courtesy of Peggy Guggenheim Collection Archives, Venice.