Peggy Guggenheim

Peggy Guggenheim

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DVD - 2016
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Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland examines the life of Peggy Guggenheim, the wealthy socialite who amassed a world-class collection of modern European and American art. Vreeland does a good job of examining the different sides to Guggenheim's life and cohering them into some sort of whole by the end of this cradle-to-grave account. She was blessed by a stroke of incredible good fortune: the discovery of audio tapes, thought lost, of interviews between Guggenheim and her biographer Jacqueline Weld.
Publisher: [New York] : Dakota Group Ltd., [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2015.
Branch Call Number: DVD B/GUGGENHEIM
Characteristics: 1 videodiscs (95 min.) : sound, colour with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
video file,DVD video,region 2


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Jan 25, 2019

This documentary - overflowing with old and meaningful clips - should be essential viewing for anyone headed to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. It will really inform your experience there. Oh, it's a good and interesting film as well. I enjoyed it very much. (It is also available on Kanopy).

Nov 14, 2018

What a roller coaster ride through the art world of the moderns. This woman, other gallery owners and art critics dictated what was and what wasn't considered art. Living a wild lifestyle with few inhibitions PG created the art world of that time and her legacy is amazing. From collecting avant guarde art to supporting artists so they could work unhindered by the market she touched upon most of the American artists who became the names we all recognize.

Aug 15, 2018

Dysfunctional woman - great art collector. Interesting documentary. Kristi & Abby Tabby

multcolib_susannel Apr 21, 2018

Interesting introduction to a woman who used her wealth and obsessive interests to support, encourage and promote modern art.

Nov 12, 2017

Let me start by saying that I am a big fan of modern art. I know a little about it and I was interested in learning more, but this movie hit me like a ton of bricks. It is rapid fire information. It is tiring to watch. Ironically, in the end, I didn't feel like I knew much more about Peggy Guggenheim, the person. The movie seems to focus on a lot of the gossip surrounding Peggy. She was perhaps the greatest patron of arts of the 20th Century. Does who she slept with really matter? The film does have a lot of great and historic footage, images and content. For this reason, it is an important historical piece of work. Too bad it is not a better film.

Solid introduction to modern art through the biographical lens of a New York heiress. I knew the stuff about Guggenheim nurturing the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, in particular her support of Jackson Pollock. But I didn't know how plugged in she was with the Dada Movement. Guggenheim married Max Ernst and relied heavily on Marchel Duchamp when making key purchases. She was also close to the Surrealists; for instance, she was instrumental in getting Andre Breton out of occupied France. The documentary utilizes a lot of great archival film. It's hard not to like her.


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