Remembering Tim Rollins

Editor's Note

Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Lehmann Maupin, 2016.

As 2017 slipped into 2018, we heard of the death of Tim Rollins, artist, friend, teacher, mentor, and spiritual sibling to many. While alive, Rollins’s legacy was the subject of countless books, documentary films, exhibitions, symposia, and class room lectures. After all, his work with K.O.S. in the South Bronx pioneered social practice before there was such a thing—but for many, the loss is personal in ways we at the Brooklyn Rail thought fit to honor. While the art will continue to be made by K.O.S., the memories shared here are fleeting but by no means definitive; merely the beginning of a collective call—a testament to the question Tim raised when asked “HOW DO YOU DO IT? I’M SO BURNT OUT!”

“WELL, WERE YOU EVER ON FIRE TO BEGIN WITH?”

 



Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison)​, 2015. Indigo and matte acrylic on book pages on panel, 36 × 36 inches. Courtesy Studio K.O.S. and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

 

     RICK SAVINON

     Angel Abreu

     Jorge Abreu

     Robert Branch, Ed.M.

     Julie Ault

     Doug Ashford

     Andres Serrano

     Jim Hodges

     Robert Bordo

     Pastor Vanessa Brown

Tim Rollins, Bronx Museum Workshop, 2016
Photo: Lauren Click for the Bronx Museum of the Arts

     Dara Birnbaum

     Marc J. Straus

     Eleanor Heartney

     Sergio Bessa

     Stefan Kalmár

     David Rhodes

     Conrad Atkinson

     Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

     Larry Littany Litt

     David Ross

 

Tim Rollins and K.O.S.Amerika – Everyone is Welcome! (after Kafka), 2002. Acrylic on book pages on canvas (not stretched).
96.25 × 286.625 inches. Courtesy Studio K.O.S. and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Contributor

Thyrza Nichols Goodeve

THYRZA NICHOLS GOODEVE is the Senior Art Editor for the Brooklyn Rail.

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