A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2011 - Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

About the Work

About A Midsummer Night's Dream

This artwork is a vibrant example of Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s collaborative work, where the students of K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) respond to a cultural work—here a piece of music from A Midsummer Night ...

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This artwork is a vibrant example of Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s collaborative work, where the students of K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) respond to a cultural work—here a piece of music from A Midsummer Night's Dream—by creating a visual impression of it over the text or sheet music itself.

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About the Artist

About Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s landmark partnership is perhaps the most prolific and longest-running teacher-and-student collaboration in contemporary art. A New York University-trained ...

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Tim Rollins and K.O.S.'s landmark partnership is perhaps the most prolific and longest-running teacher-and-student collaboration in contemporary art. A New York University-trained art educator, Rollins founded K.O.S.—short for Kids of Survival—in the early '80s as an experimental program run through his Art of Knowledge Workshop, where "at risk" students in the South Bronx are encouraged to relate their studies of literature, politics, and history with their personal experiences. In a process called "jammin," Rollins or a student of K.O.S. reads aloud from a selected text while other group members draw, paint, or otherwise respond to the text.

Many of the finished artworks incorporate pages from the selected texts or sheets of classical music with graphic and minimal shapes drawn or painted over them. The 2008 piece I See the Promised Land (After the Rev. Dr. M. L. King, Jr.) Triangle, for instance, features a solid black triangle superimposed over the Dr. King's words as an abstract evocation of the speech's power and intensity. Over time, the K.O.S. collaborations have grown to incorporate woodcut, sculpture, painting, and printmaking.

Currently, K.O.S. consists of 12 members across the United States. Rollins and K.O.S. have exhibited at such international institutions as the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel (2012); the Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporaenea in Bergamo, Italy (2011); Atlanta's Museum of Contemporary Art (2006); the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. (1992); Los Angeles MOCA (1990); and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (1988). The collective has also participated in two Whitney Biennials (1985, 1991) as well as the Venice Biennale (1988) and Documenta (1987).

Click here to read our interview with Tim Rollins about his open-air studio project on Randall's Island.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, 2011

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Mixed Media
Size Price
11.75" x 8.75" $5,000
Unique Work
This artwork is one-of-a-kind.
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Offered in partnership with:

Lehmann Maupin

Description

Watercolor, acrylic and India ink, collage, offset music score on paper.

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