The Director of ‘Peggy Guggenheim — Art Addict’ on Her 3 Favorite Contemporary Artists

For the release of her new film Peggy Guggenheim — Art Addict, documentary filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland tells us whose work she’s continually excited and inspired by.

“I like the whole idea of a character that wants to reinvent themselves,” said director Lisa Immordino Vreeland on what inspired her fantastic new documentary Peggy Guggenheim — Art Addict. “She’s a woman who took these things on and was unhappy at a young age, but instead of just sitting there complaining, she wanted to do something about it.” Coming off the success of her celebrated debut documentary, Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, Vreeland’s latest focuses in on Peggy Guggenheim, another iconic woman, and one of the art world’s most renowned figures.

The film explores Guggenheim’s fascinating life—from her unique upbringing and tragic family history to her scintillating days in 1920s Paris and the platform she created for some of contemporary art’s most talented minds. Championing now iconic 20th century masters like Marcel Duchamp, Jackson Pollack, Mark Rothko, and many others, Guggenheim supported and adored their work before modern audiences caught on. Although Guggenheim was wonderfully idiosyncratic and known for her many lovers, she was also vulnerable, passionate, and extremely dedicated. It’s a side of her which Vreeland acutely displays through intimate and revealing tape recordings with Guggenheim herself, creating an entertaining portrait of an extraordinary woman whose remarkable life story usually gets hidden behind her work.

When we caught up with Vreeland last week, she shared some of the contemporary artists whose creative output she admires. Stay tuned for our forthcoming interview with Vreeland, and take a look at her artist picks below.


Creative Time Presents Kara Walker’s “A Subtlety” from Creative Time on Vimeo.

Her storytelling is what attracts me so much.  She reexamines things that have happened in history and allows us to think about it in a different way. 

Vreeland’s favorite work: Walker’s installation for Domino Sugar Factory



Robert Gober (American, born 1954). Untitled Leg. 1989–90. © 2014 Robert Gober via MoMA

For his ability to go back and forth from reality to dreams throughout his work. 

Vreeland’s favorite work: His whole show at the MoMA in 2014.



Automatic Orgasm 2001 via Saatchi Gallery

For the brutal honesty of her art and stripping herself bare to us, the viewers.

Vreeland’s favorite work:  Emin’s embroidered works – especially the blankets.

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