Creative Dad Always Illustrates Stunning Works of Art on His Kids’ Lunch Bags

Last #brownbagart of the school year, it’s been fun!

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Creative dad Lynell Jinks, aka Brown Bag Dad, knows how to make his kids feel special. Using a plain brown paper bag as his canvas, he draws and paints stunning art on his 11- and 12-year-olds’ lunch bags. The illustrations range from cartoon characters to action heroes as well as important figures in real life. While the focus is often the figures themselves—Jinks is a talented artist who is adept at capturing likenesses—he also imbues the bags with written inspiration and wisdom that’s from the point of view of the characters.

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An Invaluable, Incomplete Show of Black Southern Art at the Met

Visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art have long had access to “the panoramic view of human history” that King described in his speech, from the ancient-Egyptian Temple of Dendur to the Renaissance gems in the Lehman Collection and the Depression-era mural panel of cotton pickers, by Thomas Hart Benton. But, until the museum accepted a gift from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, in 2014, it had turned a blind eye to the black artists, born during Jim Crow, making magnificent work across the Deep South. The driving force behind the foundation is the white collector William Arnett (he was the subject of a Profile in The New Yorker, in 2013, when the donation was still being negotiated). Arnett’s collection numbers in the thousands, and is now being dispersed to museums around the country. But the Met was given first dibs, and it chose fifty-seven pieces, by thirty artists. An exhibition was planned for 2016, but it has been delayed until now.

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Volunteers take over art venue

What a wonderful idea!!  A very nice way to reward volunteers.  I’d love to see this at more museums and galleries.


Art class: Artists From left to right Asma Rahman, Bruce Bowale, Lerato Lodi, Phoka Nyokong, Kutlwano Monyai, Shimane Seemise (curator), Mbhoni Khosa and Lesedi Ledwaba. Picture: MMUTLE ARTHUR KGOKONG

The generally staid atmosphere at the Pretoria Art Museum is being disrupted by a group of its young educational assistants, who conduct guided tours and occasionally facilitate art-making workshops.

They are staging their own exhibition, dubbed Genesis ll’Xhibition. This is the second time the museum is hosting its volunteers. In 2003 the first group of volunteers proposed that they have an exhibition in return for giving their time to the museum. They titled it Genesis to signify the possibilities facing them at the onset of their careers.

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Best of the Best: The Year’s Most Exciting New Art Venues

Giuseppe Penone Leaves of Light

Of the eagerly anticipated inaugurations of new exhibition spaces for art over the past year, three stood out, warranting inclusion in Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” issue based on their innovative design and the sheer quality of the works on view. Our picks: the Jean-Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi, Axel Vervoordt’s Kaanal on the outskirts of Antwerp, and Hauser & Wirth’s new Asia outpost in the H Queens building in Central Hong Kong.

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One New Yorker’s trash is another’s work of art

I LOVE this!  Big, big fan of “upcycled art” and “outsider art”.  Would love to have some of these pieces.

Before new MetroCards cost $1 apiece — back when their bent bodies carpeted subway station entrances, discarded by hasty passengers — I scooped up an armful and used transparent duct tape to plaster them onto a stool.

In a city where so many people put on an act, nothing has ever felt as real to me as the components of a street: subway service change posters, speed limit signs and hydrants themselves. They’re unfeignedly familiar; they are honest, with a single purpose.

Read @ New York Post