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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict Review

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★★★★

While researching this captivating documentary, Lisa Immordino Vreeland unearthed a taped interview from which flowed her long-dead subject’s velveteen voice. Magically, Peggy Guggenheim could now tell her own story. “Black sheep” of the American dynasty, Guggenheim was vital to 20th century art and, aided by Vreeland’s lively montages and la-de-dah experts, she is astonishingly forthcoming. She was friend to Joyce, lover of Beckett, and married to Max Ernst. Suffering bouts of nymphomania, she had “so many abortions”. By smuggling canvasses out of Nazi Paris, she was “midwife” to Pollock and Rothko. “Art,” the doc claims, “was a mirror of her own strangeness.”