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Trump Requests Van Gogh, Guggenheim Offers Gold Toilet Instead

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The First Couple had asked NYC's Guggenheim Museum to borrow a Vincent Van Gogh painting for their private White House quarters, but a curator responded that the museum no longer had the work. However, the curator wrote in an email, the Upper East Side museum could offer the presidential couple an interactive work of art: a fully functional toilet made out of solid 18-karat gold entitled “America.” The shimmering art piece, created by Italian-born artist Maurizio Cattelan, is estimated to have cost more than $1 million to make. (File under: 'Art in the Service of Social Change.'

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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