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ISBN 10: 0525243801 / ISBN 13: 9780525243809
Published by Ny: E p Dutton, 1986, Ny, 1986
Condition: FAIR EX LIBRARY Hardcover
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Publisher: Ny: E p Dutton, 1986, Ny

Publication Date: 1986

Binding: Fair

Book Condition:FAIR EX LIBRARY

Dust Jacket Condition: Nice

Edition: First Edition

Book Type: Biography

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Born into one of America's wealthiest, most eccentric families, Peggy Guggenheim was to abandon the cloistered world of her childhood and hurl herself into a life of adventure. In 1920, at age twenty-two, she set sail for Paris. There she met her first husband, the irrepressible and charming Laurence Vail, who introduced her to the enchanted, hypnotic whirl of the Left Bank. With him she befriended the writers, musicians, and artists who were transforming the age: Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, and many more. After indulging in a series of scandalous love affairs, Peggy opened an art gallery in London in 1938, where she continued to cultivate a taste for the avante-garde in art and men. She began buying paintings from each artist she showed, launching a lifetime addiction to art. WW II trapped her in France, where she went on a buying spree, snapping up "a picture a day" by modern masters including Kandinsky, Klee, Léger, and Miró. Escaping to New York with her husband-to-be, the Surrealist artist Max Ernst, she opened a spectacular gallery, Art of This Century. There she showed her own collection alongside works by young, undiscovered artists of the New York School: Motherwell, Hofmann, Rothko, and the tormented but brilliant Jackson Pollock. It was Peggy who gave Pollock his first one-man show, who believed in his genius when no one else would buy his work, and who became his patron, supporting him in exchange for dozens of paintings. Soon after the war ended, Peggy left New York to go house hunting in Venice. She installed herself and her fabulous collection in a palazzo on the Grand Canal and proceeded to surround herself once again with outrageous personalities and a persistent whiff of scandal. The Venetians called her "the Last Dogaressa" and the great and famous made her house an obligatory pilgrimage. Today the Peggy Guggenheim Collection is the foremost assemblage of modern art in Italy and a major tourist attraction.

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After years of playing dutiful wife or confidante to a string of men, Peggy Guggenheim found herself alone and bored with domestic life. She turned to collecting modern art, partly because it was a sure attention-getter, partly to vex her bourgeois mother and partly out of genuine interest. Besides introducing the European avant-garde to America, she helped discover American artists like Pollock, Rothko and Motherwell. This study, written with Guggenheim's cooperation until her death in 1979, is the first biogrpahy of a remarkable woman. Weld evenhandedly catalogues Guggenheim's lovers, husbands, scandals. She shows the flaws of a woman disliked by some for her abrasive tongue and bitchiness, but whose energy, conviction and farsightedness helped transform modern art. Weld tells many intriguing stories: how Guggenheim walked out on her first husband, leaving behind a note ("Life too hellish"); how she helped underwrite Emma Goldman's autobiography; her husband-to-be Max Ernst's close brush with the Nazis. This candid, engrossing biography is also a dynamic cultural history, for Guggenheim's life intersected with many creative personalitiesBeckett, Joyce, Arp, Cocteau, Duchamp, Ray, Breton, Picabia, Cage. Photos. February 17
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