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Peggy Guggenheim: A Collector's Album Hardcover – July 19, 2002

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Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) is of legendary and outrageous importance to modern art as indefatigable seductress, savior, muse, and collector. Tacou-Rumney is a granddaughter-in-law and an able journalist whose essay and picture research does justice to "the last Dogaressa" and also to the memory of her lesser-known daughter, the artist Pegeen Guggenheim. One volume of Peggy's published memoirs is still available as Art of This Century (Ayer, 1968. reprint), but the photos and commentary here provide fascinating details?from her bohemian exploits to deadly serious efforts to protect artists and their families during World War II. Indeed, Peggy attracted nearly all the international cultural elite of the time and along the way built a collection of breadth and quality. This loving but honest biography is highly recommended for art collections concerned with the modern period.?Mary Hamel-Schwulst, Towson State Univ., Md.
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The most striking aspect of this highly entertaining volume is its wealth of never-before-published photographs documenting intrepid art collector Peggy Guggenheim's flamboyant and influential life. Many are family photographs, and the author, who is married to Guggenheim's grandson, writes commentary every bit as lively as the pictures it accompanies. There's Guggenheim as a pampered but moody child, then as a young, dramatically attired expatriate in Paris during the heady 1920s. Modern art, as Tacou-Rumney so eloquently explains, was the key that unlocked Guggenheim's unique sensibilities and focused her quest for adventure. Guggenheim began collecting early on, supporting the unprecedented work of her friends and lovers, a remarkable group that constituted a virtual who's who in modern art, including Marcel Duchamp, Yves Tanguey, Max Ernst, and Constantin Brancusi. Whether she was partying in Paris, hanging a show in her New York gallery, or entertaining celebrities at her palazzo in Venice, Guggenheim was always a step ahead of everyone else in recognizing artistic originality, excellence, and significance. Donna Seaman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (July 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847824578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847824571
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.9 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,785,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. NATALE on February 27, 2009
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This book has a lot of info about Peggy's entire life - not just her life as art patron/collector. If you want to learn more about her contribution to art history, this book will give you the info, and I got a sense of her as a person. The photos are not great but some don't seem to be included elsewhere. For example, there are several period photos from the private quarters in her Venetian home/museum. I found it pretty interesting and a short read.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mike Eggert on October 17, 2007
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Peggy Guggenheim was a privileged and independent woman who was in the absolute middle of the international art transformation from Surrealism in pre-WWII Europe to the Abstract Expressionism of post WWII New York.
She had many astute friends and her own independent view of art collecting. Never-the-less she's a hard person to love or idolize, due to the many personality quirks she loudly exhibited. Her insecurities about her looks compelled her to sleep with anyone she could, as validation that she was not that unattractive. Her art philanthropy was cancelled by her public regrets later, that she gifted so much art she never felt would be THAT valuable.
Still, this is an inside look into the Grand Dame on the Grand Canal in Venice that is a fairly balanced view.
The cover photo of Peggy is not a good choice for a first-time reader: Peggy often put on exagerated sunglasses when someone tried to photograph her, to hide her discomfort about the prospect. A better choice would have been a photo of her when she had let her guard down.
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