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Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Amerika 1

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Amerika 1 (After Franz Kafka) (1984-1985), oil paintstick, acrylic, china marker, and pencil on book pages on rag paper mounted on canvas [Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA, Jan 23-May 31] The JPMorgan Chase Art Collection

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History

Frye Art Museum
Seattle WA – Jan 23-May 31, 2010

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Invisible Man

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison) (1999), matte acrylic on book pages mounted on canvas [Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA, Jan 23-May 31] Collection of Dr. Rushton E. Patterson, Jr.

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., The Scarlet Letter – The Prison Door

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., The Scarlet Letter – The Prison Door (after Nathaniel Hawthorne) (1992-1993), acrylic on book pages mounted on linen [Frye Art Museum, Seattle WA, Jan 23-May 31] Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis

In 1981, at age 26, Tim Rollins was hired by Intermediate School 52 in the South Bronx to create a curriculum for academically and emotionally at risk students. He developed a process whereby texts such as Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream and Franz Kafka's Amerika were read aloud, and he would then encourage students to relate the readings to their own experiences and respond through drawing, painting, prints and sculpture. The collaborative projects were turned into large-scale canvasses that incorporated the students' artwork and pages from the books. The process yielded unique and sophisticated finished works of art.

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History surveys 25 years of work by Tim Rollins and his group of former middle school students, who have become known as K.O.S. or Kids of Survival. Rollins and K.O.S. are internationally recognized for their collective art practice using literature and music as a basis for their paintings and prints.

Rollins' public school lessons evolved into an after-school program, the Art and Knowledge Workshop, that Rollins opened in an abandoned school building. In 1987 Rollins' ideas expanded past the South Bronx through travelling workshops at other schools and art institutions. The artwork produced by Tim Rollins and K.O.S. has been exhibited in two Whitney Biennials, the 1988 Venice Biennale, and several solo shows at major venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. It is also represented in prominent collections including the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Many K.O.S. members are still active today in Philadelphia, Memphis, San Francisco, and New York.

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Allyn Cantor


 Wed, Feb 17, 2010