Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Peggy Guggenheim, eye-conic original

There is a lot to be said about the life of Peggy Guggenheim. Supreme art collector, bohemian and socialite, she was the daughter of Benjamin Guggenheim, who went down with the Titanic in 1912, and the niece of philanthropist Solomon R. Guggenheim. Among her artistic friends were Marcel Duchamp, Samuel Beckett, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Clyfford Still, Jean Cocteau, Geer Van Velde, Alfred Steiglitz,  Georgia O'Keeffe, Constantin Brancusi, Janet Sobel and Robert Motherwell. She gave Wassily Kandinsky his first-ever London show, then an exhibition of contemporary sculpture featuring works of Henry Moore, Hans Arp, Brancusi, Alexander Calder and Anton Pevsner.

On this the 116th-anniversary of her birth, let’s focus on her glasses. She wore amazing sunglasses. Her most famous pair was designed for her by the artist Edward Melcarth.

Feeling iconoclastic? Consider your frames. Some choices on Etsy:

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