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Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

(1955 - 2017), USA

Tim Rollins (b. 1955, Pittsfield, ME; d. 2017, New York, NY) began his career teaching art for special education middle school students in a South Bronx public school. In 1984, he launched the Art and Knowledge Workshop, an after school program for his most dedicated students, who named themselves Kids of Survival (K.O.S.). While many of the original K.O.S. members are actively involved in the collaboration today, Rollins intended for flexibility within the group to allow for new generations of members. Rollins’ pedagogical technique of reading and discussing literary texts as the inspiration for his students’ artwork continues to be the basis on which the group makes their collaborative work. Rollins and K.O.S. often paint and draw directly on the pages of books or sheet music that they adhere in a grid to the surface of the canvas. They have used numerous works as source materials, including literary classics by William Shakespeare, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mark Twain, and musical compositions by Felix Mendelssohn and Richard Strauss. For their 2013 show with Lehmann Maupin, the group exhibited Darkwater, using the pages of a 1920 first-edition copy of W.E.B. Dubois’ eponymous autobiographical collection of essays and short stories that confronted issues of race, class, and gender. Rollins and K.O.S. dipped 24 pages from the book in a solution of black watercolour paint, rendering the bottom half of every page illegible. The Darkwater series was made in collaboration with junior high school students in Savannah, Georgia, during a week-long workshop. Just as he had done with the original Kids of Survival, Rollins encouraged the students to engage with some of the very complex issues discussed in Dubois’ book through the process of art making, demonstrating the collective’s continued dedication to collaboration, social engagement, and education.

Rollins studied fine art at the University of Maine and earned a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Solo exhibitions of the group’s work have been organised at the Portland Museum of Art, ME (2016); SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2014); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel (2012); Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Italy (2011); the Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA (2010); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA (2010); Museum of Contemporary Art, Atlanta, GA (2006); The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA (2005); the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Los Angeles (2002); and the Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA (2001). Select group exhibitions featuring the work of Rollins and K.O.S. include Black and Blue, Pulitzer Foundation, St. Louis, MO (2017); Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2017); Nightfall, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland (2016–2017); Beyond the Veil: Works from the Permanent Collection, Bronx Museum, New York (2016); An Inclusive World, Queens Museum, New York (2015); Drawing Biennial 2015, Drawing Room, London (2015); Body Language, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2013); This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL (2012); Wide Open School, Hayward Gallery, London (2012); and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2006). The group’s work is in numerous international public and private collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Tate Modern, London; Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; Art Institute of Chicago; Aspen Art Museum, CO; Berkeley Art Museum, University of California Berkeley; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA; Dia Art Foundation, New York; The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; and Dallas Museum of Art, TX.

In 1997, the documentary, Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins and K.O.S. was widely received at the London Film Festival; Cinéma du Réel, France; and the Hamptons International Film Festival, New York.

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Featured Artworks

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Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison) by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. contemporary artwork
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison), 2014 Matte acrylic and pencil on book pages on wood panel
91.4 x 91.4 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Amerika - For Karl by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. contemporary artwork
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.Amerika - For Karl, 1989 Watercolour on paper mounted on canvas
246.4 x 335.3 cm
Lehmann Maupin
By any means necessary - Trapped/Caught by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. contemporary artwork
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.By any means necessary - Trapped/Caught, 1985–1987 Black gesso on book pages mounted on linen
53.3 x 71.1 x 3.5 cm
Lehmann Maupin
On the Origin of Species - Instinct (after Darwin) by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. contemporary artwork
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.On the Origin of Species - Instinct (after Darwin), 2015 Ink and matte acrylic on book pages mounted on canvas
152.4 x 213.4 x 3.8 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Pinocchio (after Carlo Collodi) by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. contemporary artwork
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.Pinocchio (after Carlo Collodi), 1991 Wood, plastic, wax, tung oil
109.2 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm
Lehmann Maupin
I see the promised land (after the Rev. Dr. M. L. King, Jr.) by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. contemporary artwork
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.I see the promised land (after the Rev. Dr. M. L. King, Jr.), 2008 Matte acrylic and book pages on canvas
274.3 x 182.9 cm
Lehmann Maupin
Amerika the Stoker by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. contemporary artwork
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.Amerika the Stoker, 1993 Acrylic on book pages on linen
167.6 x 231.1 cm
Lehmann Maupin
The Red Badge of Courage by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. contemporary artwork
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.The Red Badge of Courage, 1990 Acrylic on book pages on linen
121.9 x 182.9 cm
Lehmann Maupin

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Workshop at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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18 April–15 June 2019 Tim Rollins and K.O.S. Workshop Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, American Landscape at Lehmann Maupin, New York
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15 March–5 May 2018 Group Exhibition American Landscape Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Tim Rollins and K.O.S, The moonlight was behind them... at Maureen Paley, London
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30 September–12 November 2017 Tim Rollins and K.O.S The moonlight was behind them... Maureen Paley, London

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Making the Transformative Power of Words Concrete Related Press Making the Transformative Power of Words Concrete Hyperallergic : 3 July 2018

There is something utterly majestic about block letters — even more so at a staggering height of 12 feet. Such is the case of the letters 'IM' in the painting "Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison)" (2008) by Tim Rollins & K.O.S.

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Beauty and Disunity in Two Visions of the United States Related Press Beauty and Disunity in Two Visions of the United States Hyperallergic : 20 April 2018

A nation is a strange, abstracted construction: an aggregate of people, most of whom will never meet each other, who are nevertheless understood to be fellow citizens — that is, collaborators in some shared political project. American Landscape, on view at Lehmann Maupin gallery until May 5, presents two contradictory visions of the United...

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Artist and activist Tim Rollins dies aged 62 Related Press Artist and activist Tim Rollins dies aged 62 The Art Newspaper : 28 December 2017

The US artist and activist Tim Rollins, known for launching the Art and Knowledge education workshop in the Bronx in 1982, has died aged 62. Pittsfield-born Rollins began his career as the assistant of the artist Joseph Kosuth, earning a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York in 1980.His work with students—some of them with emotional...

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