Peggy Guggenheim: the matriarch of modern art

6 Posted by - March 3, 2013 - art, book, riveting

BOOK REVIEW: Peggy Guggenheim: The Life of an Art Addict by Anton Gill

Peggy Guggenheim was one interesting chick. I’m not going to succumb to listing all the ‘out-there’ things she got up to during her lifetime—sure there are lots of them but they don’t define her.

Left to our own devices with a wholly eccentric family and a BIG FAT trust fund, I doubt many of us would achieve what Guggenheim did in her 81 years. This read is fascinating and inspiring, and will give you insights into art and artists of the 20th Century that will kill dull dinner table conversation for weeks days. Plus it’s got me hankering to revisit Venice (the city she called home for the later part of her life).

Marino Marini’s 1948-9 Angel of the CitadelMarino Marini’s 1948-9 Angel of the Citadel.
The ecstatic rider’s original sculpted phallus was actually removable, and could be screwed in or out as Peggy pleased. “When the nuns came to be blessed by the Patriarch, who on special holy days, went by my house in a motor boat, I detached the phallus of the horseman and hid it in a drawer. I also did this on certain days when I had to receive stuffy visitors, but occasionally I forgot, and when confronted with the phallus found myself in great embarrassment.”G Travels / Foter / CC BY-NC


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