This is the shit that dreams are made of, people.
Spanish artist and sculptor, Maurizio Cattelan, has created a fully-functional 18-carat gold crapper and dumped it right in the middle of the Guggenheim – one of the most prestigious art galleries in New York.
The throne has replaced one of the toilets in the gallery’s unisex loos, and all are welcome to use it in whatever way they see fit. Just make sure you flush.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) September 14, 2016
Is this a commentary on modern day consumerism or just another example of the crap that contemporary artists are exhibiting? Art critics can’t quite make up their mind, but most have interpreted the work as a critique of the American wage gap.
Whatever it is, it is certainly neither a joke nor a PR stunt, according to The Telegraph.
The artist (pictured below) managed to comment on his own work without saying anything meaningful at all, when he said, ‘It’s not my job to tell people what a work means. But I think people might see meaning in this piece.’
Some clever sausage clears things up, writing on the Guggenheim’s website:
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.
But in an ironic twist, you actually have to pay a $25 dollar (£19) entry fee in order to take a shit on consumerism and the American wage gap.
Looks like this throne, just like the elitist art world, is for wealthy assholes only.