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The Guggenheim Made the Perfect Counteroffer to Donald Trump's Request for a Van Gogh Painting

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 25, 2018 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | January 25, 2018 |


From The Washington Post:

The emailed response from the Guggenheim’s chief curator to the White House was polite but firm: The museum could not accommodate a request to “borrow” a painting by Vincent Van Gogh for President and Melania Trump’s private living quarters.

Instead, wrote the curator, Nancy Spector, another piece was available, one that was nothing like “Landscape With Snow,” the 1888 Van Gogh rendering of a man in a black hat walking along a path in Arles, France, with his dog.

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

We may not be able to kick Donald Trump out of the White House for another three years, but by God, we can continue to make the experience as miserable and humiliating as possible.


Related: Melania Trump cancelled her plans to travel to Switzerland with Donald Trump this week, instead taking an unplanned trip to Palm Beach, Florida. Donald and Melania had their 13th wedding anniversary on Monday. They did nothing publicly to celebrate. I don’t even think they acknowledged it.


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