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Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt

American, b. 1948

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Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt

American, b. 1948

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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.

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New Museum, and 1 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
Biography

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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 2 more
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Queer Art, Gay Pride, and the Stonewall Riots—50 Years Later
Jun 3rd, 2019
Queer Art, Gay Pride, and the Stonewall Riots—50 Years Later
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