Despite all evidence indicating otherwise, Republican President Donald Trump sees himself as a classy guy. To decorate the White House during his occupation of the iconic building, he clearly wants only “the best.”
Certainly on the advice on someone other than himself who actually knows about art, President Trump made a request of the Guggenheim Museum in New York City to be able to “borrow” Vincent Van Gogh’s 1888 painting Landscape with Snow for his private bedroom in the White House. The directors of the Guggenheim declined his request, but suggested a more-than-appropriate substitution.
Nancy Spector is the artistic director and chief curator of the Guggenheim, and she is obviously not a fan of Trump. It is not hard to see why, given that Trump had called for the National Endowment for the Arts and other cultural programs to be eliminated entirely. In response to the president’s loan request for the Van Gogh painting, Spector recommended that Trump borrow a solid gold toilet instead. Detailed the Washington Post, which first reported the story, about the substitute work of art, “The curator’s alternative: an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet — an interactive work titled ‘America’ that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country. For a year, the Guggenheim had exhibited ‘America’ — the creation of contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan — in a public restroom on the museum’s fifth floor for visitors to use.” The article continued, “But the exhibit was over and the toilet was available ‘should the President and First Lady have any interest in installing it in the White House,’ Spector wrote in an email obtained by the Washington Post. The artist ‘would like to offer it to the White House for a long-term loan,’ wrote Spector, who has been critical of Trump. ‘It is, of course, extremely valuable and somewhat fragile, but we would provide all the instructions for its installation and care.'” Are you glad the Guggenheim’s chief curator sent Trump this powerful message? Watch a clip about the artwork offered to Trump below: