Lisa Immordino Vreeland's new documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict paints a tale of a woman who was forever the outsider.
Born into money, the daughter of Jewish immigrants she experienced tragedy at the age of 13 as her father died aboard the Titanic leaving her $450,000.
Embracing Europe's avant garde movement in the 20s, she was not willing to settle down.
After meeting Marcel Duchamp her outlook on art was changed.
She was began to spend time with Jean Cocteau, Man Ray, James Joyce, Ezra Pound and Samuel Beckett before heading to London to open her Guggenheim Jeune gallery in the late 1930s.
Guggenheim found herself buying from the underdog surrealists, based on a “consensus of advice” guided by Duchamp.
She moved back to New York in the ’40s, where her Art of This Century gallery caused a stir by showcasing a who’s who of the emerging abstract expressionist scene. At the forefront was Jackson Pollock.