Tim Rollins and K.O.S portray a visual investigation of three important pieces of classic literature by bringing forward their contemporary message. For their paintings related to Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tim Rollins and K.O.S. were inspired by the original illustrations Mark Twain commissioned by F.W. Kemble. These works continue a series, which began in 2000, of whitewashed book pages painted over in indigo. In exploration of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, The Great Gatsby, the artists create a study of the color symbolism that permeates the novel. For works based on The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, the artists utilized Kurt Weill’s original operatic score, creating nets of butcher’s twine and gold paint to stretch over the pages, generating a new interpretation of the piece.
Tim Rollins & K.O.S., Lehmann Maupin Gallery, 540 West 26th Street, New York, NY 10001, through April 30th, 2011.