Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Collector Who Loved Artists as Much Their Art; BIOGRAPHY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Collector Who Loved Artists as Much Their Art; BIOGRAPHY

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Byline: RACHEL COOKE

Peggy Guggenheim: Mistress Of Modernism

Mary V Dearborn

I HAVE always loved the IDEA of Peggy Guggenheim. I like to think of her as a kind of artistic Diana Vreeland: bony and bignosed, a beacon of eccentric good taste in an ecru world.

Plus, all manner of delicious gossip swirls forever about her.

She had an open and wolfish appetite for sex. Guggenheim liked artists and writers; in particular, she liked sleeping with them.

After meeting Samuel Beckett for only the second time, she spent 24 hours in bed with him, which ended solely because she had a dinner date with Jean Arp.

The third time she met him, in Montparnasse, they stayed under the covers for a week. It is, of course, precisely this IDEA - of Peggy as a mere appendage to the great men of her time - that Mary V Dearborn sets out to dismantle in her new biography of Guggenheim.

Dearborn would like to bag her subject a proper place at the table of modernism - a place that the men whose work she championed, and sold in her galleries, noticeably failed to accord her at the time. …

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