Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt
American, born 1948
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Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2014
The Amusing Style,
Pavel Zoubok Fine Art
AFTERSHOCK | The Impact of Radical Art | (WARNING: CONTENT NOT SUITABLE FOR MINORS),
Edelman Arts
2013
ECCE HOMO: Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt & The Art of Rebellion,
Pavel Zoubok Fine Art

A pioneer of kitsch and often considered as a precursor to Jeff Koons, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt began creating mixed-media collages and sculptures in the 1960s, incorporating reflective materials such as tinsel, colored foils, Mylar, staples, and cellophane to flamboyant effect. Drawings on religious iconography, gilded and bejeweled rodents, and brightly adorned lasagna pans are but a few examples of work that placed him in the coterie of the 1970s “Pattern and Decoration” artists. His best-known work reflects the vibrancy and rawness the East Village scene—in the context of the AIDS crisis, survival and remembrance are recurring themes in Lanigan-Schmidt’s art (and life), and in 2009, the White House honored his commitment to gay rights.