Friday 30 October 2015
Lost taped interviews with legendary art patron Peggy Guggenheim
Peggy Guggenheim was a revolutionary who changed the course of art history. In the new documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict, filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland paints a picture of Peggy as both a scandalous art-world vixen and a forward thinker whose life inspired the careers of artists such as Max Ernst (whom she married), Jackson Pollock (whom she discovered and almost single-handedly made an icon), and many more.
Jackie had spent two summers interviewing Peggy in 1978-1979 and spoke to 200 other people to put together the book Peggy: “The Wayward Guggenheim”, which was her only authorized biography. During her research, Lisa Immordino Vreeland found the taped interviews in the basement of Bograd Weld. It was a treasure because It was the longest interview Peggy had ever done, and it became the framework for the entire film.
Larry Gagosian has a good line at the end of the film, saying her collection has made her immortal. She had the vision of wanting to build a collection and share it with the world. This is certainly an act of immortality.