AMERICA, FLUSHED BY RUSSIANS

Of Gold and Shit

“For “America”Cattelan 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.” Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Guggenheim features America, an interactive installation by Maurizio Cattelan.

A golden toilet you can use.

I like conceptual art. I like to interpret the association chain and decipher the language of images and delve into myth making. It’s a fun game.

Left: Meret Oppenheim. Object. Right. Marina Ambramovic, Snakes.

If done right, it pushes the mind into a different dimension; creates the space outside of habitual thinking.

Playing in a museum is fun. We become participants rather than observers. Creators. It’s all cool. There are no rules in art. I love it.

TOILETS IN ART AND LIFE

And the lowly subject is no stranger to my shameless pen.

Recently my article about golden showers, Hitler and Trump provoked some fierce response from squeamish neo-Nazis at Writerbeat website and the article was removed. Oops.

Freud, of course, had a lot to say about turning excrements to gold and certain anal traits of financial professionals.

The main character of my novel We, Monsters, Mistress Rose bumped into a lover of toilet brushes during her short-lived career at a BDSM dungeon.

The reference to Duchamp’s urinal is self-evident. A bow to the master.

The everyday object converted to art. It can be reversed; it is the very material of myth-making. Read more here.

The reference to Trump’s golden toilet is even more self-evident.

I didn’t get the photo of the said toilet. Left: Trump’s Hollywood star prank, May 2017. Right: Golden sink in the bathroom of Trump’s private plane. (CBS News photo.)

Maurizio Cattelan’s work made perfect illustrations for essays on propaganda. I was so going to go.

INTERACTIVE FUN FOR READERS

But… I always read everything, including fine print. I just like to read. I read small print on candy wrappers and such. And read I did:

Support for Maurizio Cattelan: “America” is provided by Stefan Edlis and Gael Neeson, Wendy Fisher, Marian Goodman Gallery, Dakis and Lietta Joannou, Svetlana Kuzmicheva-Uspenskaya and Alexey Kuzmichev, Galerie Perrotin, Beth Swofford, and Dasha Zhukova.

Now it is the time to play. I am going to speak in puzzles. You probably don’t know the names. Well, neither did I — before November 8.

PUZZLE PIECES

Alexey Kuzmichev. Alfa Group. Letter One.

This is my interactive art piece. You have to google stuff. You might even get a catharsis. Consider it a puzzle.

Dasha Zhukova. Roman Abramovich. Evraz. Steel. XL Keystone pipeline.

Top Left: Ivanka Trump and Dasha Zhukova. Top Right: Zhukova and Roman Abramovich. Putin and Abramovich.

Wow. Such art lovers.

CAUTION!

I never got to check the golden toilet out in person. But maybe it’s okay.

Who knows if they record you and keep the videos?

Or, perhaps, the Russian oligarchs enjoy a good old post-modernist joke. I wonder if it all just a bad post-modernist joke.

Read more fantastical stories about Russian mafia state and Trump here:

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