Mistress of Modernism

Mistress of Modernism

The Life of Peggy Guggenheim

Book - 2004
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"Peggy Guggenheim emerges in Mistress of Modernism as the ultimate self-invented woman, a cultural mover and shaker who broke away from her poor-little-rich-girl origins to shape a life for herself as the enfant terrible of the art world. Peggy's visionary Art of This Century gallery in New York, which brought together the European surrealist artists with the American abstract expressionists, was an epoch-making "happening" at the center of its time." "Dearborn's access to the Guggenheim family, friends, and papers contributes rich insight into Peggy's traumatic childhood in German-Jewish "Our Crowd" New York, her self-education in the ways of art and artists, her caustic battles with other art-collecting Guggenheims, and her legendary sexual appetites: her lovers included Max Ernst, Samuel Beckett, and Marcel Duchamp, to name a mere few. Here too is a portrait of Peggy's last years as l'ultima dogaressa - the last duchess - in her palazzo in Venice, where her collection still draws thousands of visitors every year."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c2004
ISBN: 9780618128068
Branch Call Number: 709.2 GUGGENHEIM
Characteristics: xv, 382 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Dec 29, 2013

A great read! I'm a real fan of Peggy after reading this fascinating account of her life and wild adventures. Mary Dearborn is a highly skilled writer who strikes the right balance with her sophisticated handling of her subject. A must read!


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