Peggy Guggenheim stands in stark contrast to the collectors of today, many of whom buy for portfolios and not passion and whose private museums and art galleries are not places of discovery but enshrinement. There were no six degrees of separation from the artists to Peggy who just as often slept beside them as hung them on her walls. 'I began to see Peggy... as the last of Henry James's transatlantic heroines, Daisy Miller with rather more balls.' wrote Gore Vidal.
For many years, women artists and writers did their best to keep up with the guys. When the feminist movement came along, they resented being lumped into a category that defined them as "women artists." Helen Frankenthaler, a painter who is having a seriously revitalized pop culture moment, was among those who also resisted this label.