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Tim Rollins and K.O.S.

Tim Rollins and the K.O.S. (Kids of survival) have worked together collaboratively since the early 1980s when Rollins, a special ed teacher assigned to Public School 52 in the South Bronx, established the Art and Knowledge workshop for students with learning disabilities. Out of this grew a collective art practice based on texts which the group studied together. Typically, pages from literary classics were laid on canvas to form a ground, then overpainted with imagery that had evolved through discussion as an embodiment of motifs and issues central to the given material. Their study of art history through books and museum visits was supplemented by a deep engagement with contemporary art practice as well as a strong appreciation of certain highpoints of contemporary mass culture.

Works by Tim Rollins & K.O.S. are now in the collections of over 50 museums including the MOMA and Whitney Museum in NYC, and the most recent acquisition by the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, TN).