96 minutes, U.S.A., 2015, Digital

This film was released on Friday 11th December 2015 and is no longer screening. 

Devoted patron of the arts, astute collector and heiress of a small fortune at just 21, Peggy Guggenheim’s life and singular career are the subjects of this absorbing documentary. Interspersed throughout with extracts from rediscovered tapes of a very candid Guggenheim in what became her final interview, Art Addict is a persuasive account of the influential role she played, championing – and purchasing for her now world-famous museum in Venice –the work of seminal modern artists including Picasso, Pollock and Berenice Abbott.

With insightful contributions from artist Marina Abramović, founder of the Pace Gallery Arne Glimcher, writer Francine Prose, and art dealer-curator Jeffrey Deitch among others, the film evaluates assumptions made about Guggenheim’s agency in her professional decisions and considers how her intense commitment to art may have been an effort to find expression for an often tragic personal life, marked by loss and chaotic, turbulent relationships. (Notes by Alice Butler)

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