TENDER LOVE AMONG THE JUNK
Tender Love Among the Junk is the first comprehensive career survey of the artist Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt. His 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 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 significant influence, has never been properly assimilated into the history of American art.