Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

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Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
Lot #07

The Temptation of Saint Anthony I-XIV  1989

One from a portfolio of fourteen aquatints on xerograph with chine collé,


Minimum Bid: $500
Value: $900

When Rollins came to Crown Point Press in 1989, he brought four teenagers from a public junior high school in the South Bronx (Richard Cruz, George Garces, Carlos Rivera, and Nelson Savinon). It was the kids' first printmaking experience at a major press. The story of their printmaking project, “The Temptation of Saint Antony I-XIV,” 1989 (nos. 80-93 in the exhibition catalogue, Thirty-Five Years at Crown Point Press: Making Prints, Doing Art) is a tribute to their creativity in the face of the unfamiliar, and to the spirit of creative nurturing that is part of the Crown Point experience.

Artist Bio: Tim Rollins (American, 1955-2017) was an American painter and educator. Following graduate studies in art education and philosophy at New York University, Rollins taught special education art classes at South Bronx public school. This experience prompted the artist to launch the Art and Knowledge workshop with a group of at-risk students who collectively named themselves K.O.S. (Kids of Survival). In a process they call “jammin’,” Rollins or one of the students read aloud from the selected text while other members drew, relating the stories to their own experiences. After the group’s first exhibit in 1994, the collective has been exhibited internationally.