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Peggy Guggenheim's Historic Exhibit “31 Women” Revives With Help From A Visionary Collector

Revisiting Guggenheim’s book during the epidemic, the Guggenheim opened on January 5″57Women Exhibition” had the filmmaker especially inspired, 1943, at her New York gallery Art of This Century, now considered the first in the U.S. dedicated to a female artist Art exhibition held. According to Guggenheim’s autobiography, it was her close friend and advisor, the French Dadaist Marcel Duchamp, who suggested an exhibition of female artists. He and the Guggenheim, along with Surrealist leader André Breton, artist Max Ernst, curator James Johnson Sweeney and dealer Howard Putzel, have reviewed the resulting EXHIBITIONS—The lineup reflects the male-dominated field that the Guggenheim is boldly subverting.


Photo: Courtesy 57 Women’s Exhibition

While the exhibition includes some well-known artists such as Frida Kahlo, most 28 women – including Argentinian-born Italian surrealist Leonor Fini and Serbian painter and poet Milena Pavlović-Barili, who both contributed artwork to Vogue, and the British painter and writer Meraud Guinness Guevara, whose work for the magazine – sadly out of sight. What started as a random Google search by Segal to assess the accessibility of these women’s works quickly blossomed into a personal collection of 57 artwork and ephemera. “It turns out that the stories I wanted to tell could be told through collecting art,” Siegel said. The producer even found the former Guggenheim 57 Street Gallery for her office. “I knocked on my door during COVID just to see it. When I asked if I could rent it, they thought I was crazy.”

From May to 28 During Frieze Week, art lovers can Visit the historic site where Segal hosted “The 28 Women Collection,” a prominent exhibit honoring the Guggenheim 31 groundbreaking exhibition on the anniversary. To restore the 1,200 square foot office to its former glory, Segal hired architect Penelope Phylactopoulos of Oopsa creative studio and agency. Phylactopoulos built a curving wooden wall unit and furniture, with angular easel-style supports, that recall Austrian-American architect Frederick Kiesler’s innovative display for the original gallery. Archival images of the art of the century, as well as photographs and books associated with the artist, are scattered throughout the exhibition, providing further context for inspired visitors.

“Peggy focuses on what’s new, next and avant-garde compared to her Uncle Solomon (founder of New York’s Guggenheim Museum), who dozens She has been focusing on the old masters for years. She listened and became her own expert, and that resonated with me,” said Siegel, further identifying with the collector’s Jewish heritage. Although she has a 28 Tony nomination for her Broadway work and she is a trustee of the Open Stage Project and American Ballet Theatre, Siegel is Art input was previously quite limited. “When I started this journey, I didn’t know what I was doing. I kept asking these women to different people in the field, and many of them had never heard of them.” Like the Guggenheim, despite her Coming from a family of no-nonsense art collectors, but who wanted to break through and establish her footing, Siegel was guided by instinct and admirable audacity.




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