Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Toilet Exhibit at The Guggenheim

For AmericaCattelan replaced the toilet in this restroom with a fully functional replica cast in 18-karat gold, making available to the public an extravagant luxury product seemingly intended for the 1 percent. Its participatory nature, in which viewers are invited to make use of the fixture individually and privately, allows for an experience of unprecedented intimacy with a work of art. Cattelan’s toilet offers a wink to the excesses of the art market but also evokes the American dream of opportunity for all—its utility ultimately reminding us of the inescapable physical realities of our shared humanity.

Read the rest about this 2016 exhibit at The Guggenheim Museum.

Consider it they would ever have a similar exhibit named for any of the following:
  • Islam
  • Europe
  • Mexico
  • Socialism.

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