The Easel

In Bed with the Avant-garde: The Peggy Guggenheim Story

Notwithstanding the headlines, most art collectors have little impact on the art world. Not so Peggy Guggenheim. Undeterred by sexist attitudes, she assembled an art collection of enduring significance. Her support of living artists and backing of commercial galleries significantly influenced the course of contemporary art. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice remains a major tourist attraction.