Thank God It’s Friday
Firetruckery of the Day
It’s sparked off Friday’s column, for sure, but it just might be the most outrageous piece of modern sculpture in a modern sculpture world gone so mad that a dead cow in formaldehyde or an unmade bed (complete with used condoms dropped on the floor beside it), can sell for many millions of dollars. Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan will soon exhibit at the Guggenheim in New York, as a piece of art, a working, solid gold toilet that will be connected to the museum’s plumbming. You will be able to take a dump in it and flush. And it is art. And that ought to give the most jaded cynic pause. It may be the most complete statement of the modern world I’ve ever encountered. This is a work of art that is literally meant to swallow shit whole. Just like the people who will pay $11Bn for it; and just like the rest of us, who will go to the Guggenheim and gape.