Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
HOME, 19 December 2015
A film about Peggy Guggenheim, a poor little rich girl who found a vocation, a salvation even, in collecting modern art.
Herbert Read and Marcel Duchamp advised her what to buy when it came to the European avant-garde and she famously went to France on the eve of World War Two on a shopping spree. But she herself discovered and supported Jackson Pollock, and she championed the abstract expressionists and other American artists.
Her life had unhappiness and some sadness, like anyone’s: her daughter killed herself when quite young. But the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, one of the world’s great art museums, stands as a monument to her taste and acumen.
This is an interesting documentary, though a bit light. One specific flaw is that there’s no mention of the London Gallery run by E. L. T. Mesens; Peggy Guggenheim wasn’t the only pioneer when it came to promoting modern art.
Venice may look picturesque but it stinks a bit, by the way: all that stagnant water. There’re mosquitos too. One of those things that people don’t tell you, and then it’s too late.