Confessions of an Art Addict by Peggy Guggenheim

By Peggy Guggenheim

A consumer of artwork because the Thirties, Peggy Guggenheim, in a candid self-portrait, offers an insider's view of the early days of contemporary artwork, with revealing bills of her eccentric filthy rich relations, her own relationships, and sometimes staggering portrayals of the artists themselves. here's a booklet that captures a helpful bankruptcy within the heritage of contemporary artwork, in addition to the spirit of 1 of its maximum advocates.

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The building was an old warehouse, and we built a really cool kitchen in the basement. By the time we were fully loaded and turning out meals, a lot of chefs in town wanted to guest chef there. The only rule I had with other chefs when collaborating on those dinners was that they could not cook what they made for Simpatica at their own restaurants. Simpatica was a big experiment in pushing our limits as cooks—in finding out what other things we were interested in learning about and getting out of The Pink House Ben and I met in Eugene.

I finally get to go where I want to go. Those first few months were all about figuring out how to address what I was unprepared for, or fix what I’d fucked up. Our original business plan showed that if we did $2,000 in sales a night—about eighty covers—we’d be okay. We had about four times that. Portland loved Toro Bravo right away. We were busting at the seams and unprepared for it. In the beginning, we had no walk-in, so we were bringing in small amounts of food from farmers and processing that food immediately.

When you have a gallbladder attack you usually have a lot of gallstones, and just like kidney stones they need to get passed. When they get passed, that’s an attack. My first gallbladder attack led to months of craziness: being sick and not knowing what was wrong with me and losing a ton of weight. I’m six foot three. At my heaviest I was 320 pounds. I lost 130 pounds when all was said and done. My biggest worry was that the public would find out that I was sick and think that I was weak. There were rumors, I think, that I had cancer.

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