The Gilded Age

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These days you don’t have to look too hard to find hints of gold. From the more democratic West Elm, to the loftier Scala Luxury, gold is having a moment.  In fact, it is so au courant that our finest art institutions have embraced the theme.  Recently, the celebrated artist Maurizio Cattelan emerged from quasi retirement with a fully functioning solid 18K gold toilet that now sits in the Guggenheim. The accompanying placard simply reads, “America.” Artist Arndt Von Hoff took the ordinary (and very American) hamburger and turned it to gold with his aptly titled piece,”Gold Hamburger.” These pieces punctuate the opportunity and the excess that defines our country. Apparently, the American Dream now comes dunked in gold.

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