love at first pee

The bathroom of the New Museum, New York.

Many contemporary artists have been inspired by bathrooms, from the functions they serve to the decor they employ. Belgian artist, Wim Delvoye, constructed a machine, the Cloaca machine, that makes shit. Reece Terris used bathroom fixtures in the construction of her 2006 architectural installation at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Bathrooms meet a universal function, one that is ripe for artists to comment on taboos, the human body, and social spaces.

So how clever of the New Museum, a venue devoted to cutting edge and challenging contemporary art, to bring so much decorative attention to their bathrooms. It was love at first pee.

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