PEGGY GUGGEN­HEIM: ART AD­DICT

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Lisa Im­mordino Vree­land’s bio-doc­u­men­tary pro­vides a clearly plot­ted, chrono­log­i­cal ac­count of a com­pli­cated life. Peggy Guggen­heim’s for­tune was smaller than many peo­ple sup­posed, but she used it both wisely and op­por­tunis­ti­cally to ad­vance the cause of mod­ern art through her col­lect­ing, her gallery ex­po­sure, and ul­ti­mately her fa­mous mu­seum in Venice. Guggen­heim’s own voice in­fuses the film, thanks to un­cov­ered record­ings of late-in-life in­ter­views. The pre­sen­ta­tion is fur­ther en­riched by doc­u­men­tary footage, much of it un­fa­mil­iar, of the many artists with whom she en­joyed pro­fes­sional and per­sonal li­aisons — a who’s who of mid-20th-cen­tury art that in­cludes Mar­cel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Jackson Pol­lock, Robert Mother­well, Paul Bowles, and John Cage. Not rated. 96 min­utes. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts. (James M. Keller)

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