The Journey to Artist Maurizio Cattelan’s Golden Toilet “America” Is Gross, and It’s Great

The Gleaming Potty Art Isn’t Genius, But That Won’t Halt the Curious … Or the Instagram Crowd

The Guggenheim guard, a young woman with shoulder-length brown hair and a pretty, round face, said that the wait to see Maurizio Cattelan’s America would be one hour. My husband Andrew and I had rushed into the New York museum as soon as it opened and run up to the fifth floor, where Cattelan’s solid gold toilet glimmered in a water closet. Cattelan’s gabinetto had been installed on Sept. 16, 2016, only three days before, and the crush to see it proved impressive: As I shifted my service Chihuahua, Babs, …

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