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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict on DVD and VOD in February
11 January 2016
In the late 1970s, American art icon Peggy Guggenheim gave what was to become the last interview of her life for Jaqueline B. Weld’s authorised biography Peggy: The Wayward Guggenhein. The tapes were long thought to be lost. Now the never heard before footage has been discovered and forms part of a fascinating feature documentary about the unbelievable life of one of the most vibrant figures in modern art.
A colourful character who was not only ahead of her time but helped to define it, Peggy Guggenheim (1898 – 1979) was an heiress to her family fortune, who became a central figure in the modern art movement. As she moved through the cultural upheaval of the 20th century, she collected not only art, but artists.
Her colourful personal history included trysts, affairs and marriages with such figures as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp as well as countless others. While fighting through personal tragedy, she maintained her vision to build one of the most important collections of modern art, now enshrined in her Venetian palazzo.
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, this consistently entertaining and sharply put together feature follows her highly acclaimed debut Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel and includes a mix of archive footage and talking heads interviews, including Marina Abramović, Robert De Niro, Michael Govan, Donald Kuspit, Hans Ulrich Obrist, John Richardson, Mercedes Ruehl, Philip Rylands and Karole Vail and features artists such as Samuel Beckett, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dalí, Max Ernst, Vasily Kandinsky, Joan Miró, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Yves Tanguy and many more.
This thoroughly engrossing and often moving documentary is a compendium of the greatest 20th century art, mixed with the wild and iconoclastic life of one of the most powerful women in the history of the art world.
Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict comes to UK DVD and VOD on 22nd February 2015 from Dogwoof at the RRP of £15.99 for the DVD.