Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.

Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
2015, 97 min.

The black sheep of the Guggenheim family, notorious art collector Peggy Guggenheim gets her due in this documentary about the complex bohemian life and storied loves of a fascinating woman who championed her era’s most important artists, writers, and filmmakers, and assembled the premier collection of 20th century modern art.

Making ample use of audio tapes that were recorded in the late 1970s shortly before her death, and never heard since, Lisa Immordino Vreeland has an engaging soundtrack of interviews to illuminate a museum’s worth of images. The documentary plays like a history of 20th Century New York City and Europe, and of the modern art movement and it’s major figures like Jackson Pollock, Jean Cocteau, and Samuel Beckett, to name a few. At the same time the film is a portrait of a woman, a mother, a sister who by her own estimation “lived a very sad life,” while bravely living by her own rules.

Screens with “J. Morgan Puett: A Practice of Be(e)ing”