In 1898 a brilliant contributor to the art world was born going by the name of Peggy Guggenheim. Fortunately for her, she was born into great wealth as both her father and uncle were considerably notable and prosperous gentlemen. By the age of 20, she had already inherited a large sum of money and move to Paris, France, where she began subsidizing a considerable collection of artwork.
Now the gallery I’m talking about is the one she opened in October 1942, Art of This Century Gallery. With a collection of works, she had acquired while in Paris she showcased Surrealists and Cubists, mainly from Europe. It was after opening that she started representing American artists like Pollock, and European emigres such as Rothko and Hofman. I was too young, like minus 28 years old so I couldn’t show my work there. If she had known me, I’m sure I would have been invited. Heh heh!
The gallery only stayed open for 5 years but gave many well-known artists a start in life and a place for them to exhibit. It’s quite possible that without Peggy Guggenheim and so-called The Uptown Group, (Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, Willem de Kooning) many of these artists may have been unheard of today.
Isn’t it a shame that there isn’t someone like her today, who is willing to offer artists a chance to have solo exhibitions and connect the dots for so many passionate people. Oh well, keep dreaming James. Peggy if you have an art angel please send them to my place, I could do with a break. 🙂 🙂