Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt

03 July – 28 August 2021

Jan Kaps, Cologne

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Twinky as Now Girl (Self-portrait), 1967-69
Foil, printed material, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
27,9 × 15,2 × 7,6 cm (11 × 6 ×3 inches)
TLS/S 1736

Twinky as Now Girl (Self-portrait), 1967-69
Foil, printed material, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
27,9 × 15,2 × 7,6 cm (11 × 6 ×3 inches)
TLS/S 1736

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Knick Knack (Male Call Mouse-Queen), 1970
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic floor shine and food coloring, staples, Magic marker, printed material, and found objects
11 × 9 1⁄2 × 8 inches (27.94 × 24.13 × 20.32 cm)
TLS/S 1746

Knick Knack (Male Call Mouse-Queen), 1970
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic floor shine and food coloring, staples, Magic marker, printed material, and found objects
11 × 9 1⁄2 × 8 inches (27.94 × 24.13 × 20.32 cm)
TLS/S 1746

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, A Drag Queen's Shoulders in the Dawn, 1969
Foil, plastic wrap, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
27.9 × 16.5 × 14 cm (11 × 6 ½ × 5 ½ inches)
TLS/S 1740

A Drag Queen's Shoulders in the Dawn, 1969
Foil, plastic wrap, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
27.9 × 16.5 × 14 cm (11 × 6 ½ × 5 ½ inches)
TLS/S 1740

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Tribute to Vladimir Tatlin, 1970
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic paint, acrylic floor shine and food coloring, staples, Magic marker, tinsel, printed material, and found objects
40.6 × 28 × 25.4 cm (16 × 11 × 10 inches)
TLS/S 1737

Tribute to Vladimir Tatlin, 1970
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic paint, acrylic floor shine and food coloring, staples, Magic marker, tinsel, printed material, and found objects
40.6 × 28 × 25.4 cm (16 × 11 × 10 inches)
TLS/S 1737

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lollipop Knick-Knack (Basket Balls), 1970
Foil, printed material, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
34.3 × 17.2 × 15.2 cm (13 ½ × 6 ¾ × 6 inches)
TLS/S 1747

Lollipop Knick-Knack (Basket Balls), 1970
Foil, printed material, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
34.3 × 17.2 × 15.2 cm (13 ½ × 6 ¾ × 6 inches)
TLS/S 1747

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, The Mirror of Youth (Spritzer Thaw), 1969
Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, holographic tape, pipe cleaners, glitter, staples, mirror, colored marker
33 × 25.4 × 22.9 cm (13 × 10 × 9 inches)
TLS/S 1742

The Mirror of Youth (Spritzer Thaw), 1969
Aluminum foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, holographic tape, pipe cleaners, glitter, staples, mirror, colored marker
33 × 25.4 × 22.9 cm (13 × 10 × 9 inches)
TLS/S 1742

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lollipop Knick-Knack (High knee Butchy Buns), 1970
Foil, printed material, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
22.9 × 17.2 × 12.1 cm (9 × 6 ¾ × 4 ¾ inches)
TLS/S 1748

Lollipop Knick-Knack (High knee Butchy Buns), 1970
Foil, printed material, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
22.9 × 17.2 × 12.1 cm (9 × 6 ¾ × 4 ¾ inches)
TLS/S 1748

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Eucharist Chalice, 1969
Foil, plastic, holographic tape, tinsel, photographic material, and staples
38.1 × 20.3 × 15.2 cm (15 × 8 × 6 inches)
TLS/S 1741

Eucharist Chalice, 1969
Foil, plastic, holographic tape, tinsel, photographic material, and staples
38.1 × 20.3 × 15.2 cm (15 × 8 × 6 inches)
TLS/S 1741

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Knick Knack (Tunnel of Love, Cave of Desire), 1970
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic floor shine and food coloring, staples, Magic marker, printed material, and found objects
30.5 × 25.4 × 25.4 cm (12 × 10 × 10 inches)
TLS/S 1744

Knick Knack (Tunnel of Love, Cave of Desire), 1970
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic floor shine and food coloring, staples, Magic marker, printed material, and found objects
30.5 × 25.4 × 25.4 cm (12 × 10 × 10 inches)
TLS/S 1744

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lollipop Knick-Knack (Taste me Crowning Glory), 1970
Foil, printed material, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
25.4 × 15.2 × 12.1 cm (10 × 6 × 4 ¾ inches)
TLS/S 1749

Lollipop Knick-Knack (Taste me Crowning Glory), 1970
Foil, printed material, linoleum, glitter, cellophane, staples, acrylic paint, found objects, and other media
25.4 × 15.2 × 12.1 cm (10 × 6 × 4 ¾ inches)
TLS/S 1749

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Knick Knack (Three Pink Lollipops), 1970
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic floor shine and food coloring, staples, Magic marker, printed material, and found objects
30.5 × 25.4 × 22.9 cm (12 × 10 × 9 inches)
TLS/S 1745

Knick Knack (Three Pink Lollipops), 1970
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic floor shine and food coloring, staples, Magic marker, printed material, and found objects
30.5 × 25.4 × 22.9 cm (12 × 10 × 9 inches)
TLS/S 1745

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Knick Knack (Rose in Teeth), 1969
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic paint, staples, Magic marker, printed material, and found objects
11.5 × 12 × 9 cm (4 ½ × 4 ¾ × 3 ½ inches)
TLS/S 1743

Knick Knack (Rose in Teeth), 1969
Foil, plastic wrap, pipe cleaner, linoleum, glitter, acrylic paint, staples, Magic marker, printed material, and found objects
11.5 × 12 × 9 cm (4 ½ × 4 ¾ × 3 ½ inches)
TLS/S 1743

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, The Scent-Center of the Flower and the Fart, 1996
6 black and blue garbage bags, reflective sheeting, holographic tape, laser copies, packing tape, wire clothes hangers
84 × 18 × 2 cm (33 ⅛ × 7 ⅛ × ¾ inches)
TLS/S 1751
(Detail)

The Scent-Center of the Flower and the Fart, 1996
6 black and blue garbage bags, reflective sheeting, holographic tape, laser copies, packing tape, wire clothes hangers
84 × 18 × 2 cm (33 ⅛ × 7 ⅛ × ¾ inches)
TLS/S 1751
(Detail)

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, The Scent-Center of the Flower and the Fart, 1996
6 black and blue garbage bags, reflective sheeting, holographic tape, laser copies, packing tape, wire clothes hangers
84 × 18 × 2 cm (33 ⅛ × 7 ⅛ × ¾ inches)
TLS/S 1751
(Detail)

The Scent-Center of the Flower and the Fart, 1996
6 black and blue garbage bags, reflective sheeting, holographic tape, laser copies, packing tape, wire clothes hangers
84 × 18 × 2 cm (33 ⅛ × 7 ⅛ × ¾ inches)
TLS/S 1751
(Detail)

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Untitled (Crown), 1994
Foil, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, glitter, photographic material, and staples
43.2 × 12.7 × 15.2 cm (17 × 5 × 6 inches)
TLS/S 1739

Untitled (Crown), 1994
Foil, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, glitter, photographic material, and staples
43.2 × 12.7 × 15.2 cm (17 × 5 × 6 inches)
TLS/S 1739

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Untitled (Crown), 1995
Foil, plastic, chenille stems, photographic material, and staples
32.8 × 20.3 × 25.4 cm (12 ⅞ × 8 × 10 inches)
TLS/S 1738

Untitled (Crown), 1995
Foil, plastic, chenille stems, photographic material, and staples
32.8 × 20.3 × 25.4 cm (12 ⅞ × 8 × 10 inches)
TLS/S 1738

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Installation View

Installation View

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Open Unveiled Tabernacle with Veiled Ciborium Inside, 1988
Aluminum baking pans, tinsel, pen and paper
each: 12.5 × 10.5 cm (4 ⅞ × 4 ⅛ inches)
TLS/S 1754

Open Unveiled Tabernacle with Veiled Ciborium Inside, 1988
Aluminum baking pans, tinsel, pen and paper
each: 12.5 × 10.5 cm (4 ⅞ × 4 ⅛ inches)
TLS/S 1754

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lasagna Pans, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
40 pieces / each: 34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1750

Lasagna Pans, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
40 pieces / each: 34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1750

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1758

Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1758

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1759

Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1759

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1789

Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1789

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1762

Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1762

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1768

Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1768

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1770

Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1770

Jan Kaps, , Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1774

Lasagna Pan, ca. 1990
Aluminum foil try, pipe cleaners, plastic wrap, staples, and other mixed media
34 × 28 cm (13 ⅜ × 11 inches)
TLS/S 1774

Press release

Jan Kaps is pleased to present Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt’s first solo exhibition in Germany, and with the gallery.

Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt

Since his start in the 1960s, Lanigan-Schmidt has drawn on a visual vocabulary rooted in both the culture of the New York LGBTQIA+ community, and in the Catholic iconography in which he was raised. As a gay youth in New Jersey, raised in a German and Irish Catholic family, Lanigan- Schmidt moved to New York where he found temporary refuge from the street at the Stonewall Inn. At this time in the United States, homosexuality was still classified as a form of mental illness and homosexual acts were illegal throughout the country. The Stonewall Inn was one of the few bars in New York where gay couples could drink, dance, and feel free from harassment and prejudice. In 1969, a police raid on the bar sparked a violent uprising, which in turn brought about widely-publicized and heavily attended demonstrations by members of the gay community. This event, and the ensuing demonstrations, became the birth of the modern gay and lesbian movement and raised public awareness of violence and discrimination against the community.

Exploring issues of class, homosexuality, gender, and religion, Lanigan-Schmidt has created sculptures, assemblages, and installations with a particular sensitivity to alternative and found materials. In his work, glitter alludes to the shimmering make-up and embellishments that street queens in New York would wear, while aluminum and gold foil reference the aesthetics of Christian and Byzantine iconography. Blending craft and humble materials with high art, the sacred with the profane, Lanigan-Schmidt defied the reductive aesthetic of monochrome and conceptual art that was prevalent in the early to mid-1970s.

This exhibition features the artist's intricate sculptures from the late 1960s to the 1970s, along with wall installations from the 1990s, including his signature Lasagna Pans. For the sculptures on display, Lanigan-Schmidt combined clippings from gay magazines with self-portraits, text elements and various found material to compose detailed, multi-layered and glittering assemblages he refers to as knick-knacks. In these works, the influence of Catholic rites, domestic icons and the splendor of religious adornment of devotees is also evident in his use of liturgical devices. Equally, the forms and images of tabernacles and chalices, which appear both in the artist’s delicate, almost documentary-like drawings on aluminum pans, resonate in the forms and shapes of his sculptures.

The work of Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt has been presented in numerous exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale of 1980 and 1984, the Whitney Biennial of 1991 and the seminal exhibition The American Century: Art & Culture 1950-2000 at the Whitney Museum in 1999. In 2012, the artist was the subject of a critically acclaimed retrospective at MoMa PS1. Lanigan-Schmidt’s work is held in numerous international public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen and the mumok, Vienna. In June 2009, he was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama for his active and courageous participation in the 1969 Stonewall protests.

The exhibition was realised with the kind support of Pavel Zoubok Fine Art.