Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern

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Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern

Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern (Jewish Lives) by Francine Prose
English | 2015 | ISBN: 0300203489 | 240 pages | PDF | 1,2 MB


One of twentieth-century Americas most influential patrons of the arts, Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979) brought to wide public attention the work of such modern masters as Jackson Pollock & Man Ray. In her time, there was no stronger advocate for the groundbreaking & the avant-garde. Her midtown gallery was the acknowledged center of the postwar New York art scene, & her museum on the Gr& Canal in Venice remains one of the worlds great collections of modern art. Yet as renowned as she was for the art & artists she so tirelessly championed, Guggenheim was equally famous for her unconventional personal life, & for her ironic, playful desire to shock.

Acclaimed best-selling author Francine Prose offers a singular reading of Guggenheims life that will enthrall enthusiasts of twentieth-century art, as well as anyone interested in American & European culture & the interrelationships between them. The lively & insightful narrative follows Guggenheim through virtually every aspect of her extraordinary life, from her unique collecting habits & paradigm-changing discoveries, to her celebrity friendships, failed marriages, & sc&alous affairs, & Prose delivers a colorful portrait of a defiantly uncompromising woman who maintained a powerful upper h& in a male-dominated world. Prose also explores the ways in which Guggenheims image was filtered through the lens of insidious antisemitism.
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