Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt

Tender Love Among the Junk

18 Nov 2012 - 07 Apr 2013

Installation view of the exhibition "Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt: Tender Love Among the Junk"
November 18th, 2012–April 7th, 2013. INPS1.1077.3. Photograph by Matthew Septimus.
Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt’s mixed-media constructions, collages, and installations are marked by a trashy opulence concocted from household items and dollar stores. Mimicking Byzantine decoration with cellophane, aluminum foil, tinsel and glitter, Lanigan-Schmidt (American, b. 1948) pioneered a maximalist aesthetic in the late 1960s that explored gay sexuality, class struggle, and religion. Mingling high with low, and sacred with profane, Lanigan-Schmidt bucked the reductive tastes of conceptualism and minimalism that dominated his youth, creating a radically decorative practice that, despite its influence, has never been properly assimilated into the history of American art.

Organized by Peter Eleey, Curator, MoMA PS1, with Jocelyn Miller, Curatorial Assistant.


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