Peggy Guggenheim's Art of This Century gallery opened in December 0f 1942 with a show on objects of art featuring works by Marcel Duchamp, Laurence Vail, and Joseph Cornell. Art of This Century was destined to become a cornerstone of modern art in America launching the careers of many artist's, perhaps most notably, Jackson Pollock.
A few years ago on the eve of the 70th anniversary of Art of This Century I began looking for a way to honor Peggy's memory and her tremendous contribution to American modern art. I honestly couldn't think of a better way of doing that that with creating my own objects of art in the form of a "gallery in a box" for both Art of This Century's Surreal and Abstract Galleries. I'm pleased to say that the response to my Galleries in a Box has been most rewarding as evidenced by the following:
Dear Ms. Foss—my apologies for not responding sooner. I did indeed see the dioramas—intriguing, enjoyable, even impressive. And I’m grateful for the attention they bring to Peggy and to Kiesler and to their story. Forgive the ignorance, or even ingenuousness—what does one do with them? They aren’t multiples for sale I don’t suppose? If the answer is: they are what they are, then they are splendid.
Director, Peggy Guggenheim Collection
Foundation Director for Italy
January 18, 2014
Please enjoy the video presentations of my Art of This Century galleries in a box.