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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict

Rated NR 96 minutes 2016

Lisa Immordino Vreeland follows up one documentary about a female art-world luminary (Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, which is about the documentary maker's grandmother-in-law) with another, in this case one of the world’s greatest collectors of modern art. Bestowed a trust fund by her father (who sank while aboard the Titanic), in 1920 twentysomething Peggy fled New York for Paris, where she befriended countless artists and writers, slept with many of them, and met her two husbands—Laurence Vail and Max Ernst. When World War II broke out, she left Europe with hundreds of avant-garde works she'd purchased for a song; once back in America, she became patron to Jackson Pollock and Alexander Calder, among others. Vreeland includes previously lost audiotapes recorded by Guggenheim’s biographer, Jacqueline Bograd Weld; Peggy, who died in 1979, sounds amused and unabashed when she recalls her unusual life. 95 min.—Andrea Gronvall

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Director: Lisa Vreeland

Producer: Stanley Buchthal, David Koh, Dan Braun, Lisa Vreeland, Maja Hoffmann, Josh Braun and Bob Benton


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