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Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise [Paperback]

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Item description for Growing Up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise by Peter Lawson-Johnston, III Josiah Bunting, Alethea Nibley, Athena Nibley, Matt Fraction & Peter Chalk...

In Growing Up Guggenheim, Peter Lawson-Johnston, a Guggenheim himself, and the board president who oversaw the transformation of the renowned museum from a local New York institution to a global art venture, shares a personal memoir that includes intimate portraits of the five people principally responsible for the entire Guggenheim art legacy. In addition to first-hand biographical accounts of his grandfather Solomon Guggenheim (the museum's founder), his cousin Harry (Solomon's successor), and his famously rebellious cousin Peggy (whose magnificent Venice art collection he helped bring under New York Guggenheim management), the author tells the stories of long-time museum director Thomas Messer, who initiated the bold expansion of Frank Lloyd Wright's original museum building, and current director Thomas Krens, whose controversial tenure has featured such innovations as the Guggenheim's wildly successful first international outpost in Bilbao, Spain, and exhibits devoted to fashion and motorcycles. Lawson-Johnston also traces his own career, from his first job as sales manager of a remote feldspar mine, to his rapid ascent to the family summit, to his extension of the Guggenheim legacy in ways none of his predecessors could have envisioned. Despite his native and tangible humility, this evocative narrative makes clear Lawson-Johnston's indispensable role as the loyal steward of one of America?s most famous family enterprises.

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Pages   152
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.82 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 15, 2006
Publisher   Intercollegiate Studies Institute
ISBN  1933859199  
ISBN13  9781933859194  

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More About Peter Lawson-Johnston, III Josiah Bunting, Alethea Nibley, Athena Nibley, Matt Fraction & Peter Chalk

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Peter Lawson-Johnston, a member of the Guggenheim family's fifth generation, has overseen the family's major business, philanthropic, and arts enterprises since 1969, when he was named president of the board of trustees of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Lawson-Johnston is president of the board of the university's art museum. He is also the former president of the board of trustees of The Lawrenceville School, and he currently serves on the board of National Review.

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art Instruction & Reference > Business of Art
2Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Museums & Collections > Museums > General
3Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Arts & Literature > Artists, Architects & Photographers
4Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > General
5Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Professionals & Academics > Captains of Industry

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Growing up Guggenheim: A Personal History of a Family Enterprise  Aug 11, 2006
This is a wonderful tell all story about one of the most prestigious families in the United States told by a Guggenheim descendant who has been at the helm of the family empire for several decades. It is a historical biography of his family. The chapters on the Guggenheim Museum provide tremendous insight into the creation of the world wide Guggenheim Museum franchise. I enjoyed the chapter on Peggy Guggenheim the most. One learns how she dropped out of the family mainstream to amass a priceless art fortune in Venice Italy which she ultimately bequeathed to the Guggenheim Foundation. I highly recommend this book.
An insider's view of a family museum-building achievement  Apr 27, 2006
The author is a Guggenheim himself and the board president who saw the museum changed from a local New York institution to a world-wide art venture: his background lends an insider's eye and appreciation to GROWING UP GUGGENHEIM: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF A FAMILY ENTERPRISE. His accounts of his grandfather Solomon Guggenheim begins with the museum's founder's achievements and family interactions and tells stories of the institution's evolution within and outside the family. His memoirs of personalities over the decades, controversies which affected its efforts to expand, and the author's own career makes for a colorful series of vignettes which come packed with business financials, insights, and art history. A 'must' for any who would understand the Guggenheim enterprise.

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