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A review of the AGO's really big Jean Michel Basquiat show.

If you do nothing else this spring: tap into your creative side.

These days, art is no longer seen as the mundane collecting hobby of our parents and grandparents. With co-signs from the likes of Jay Z and Kanye West, art has begun a love affair with the young as well. So as the sun starts to shine, get out of the house and hit up an art exhibition or two.

If you’re already an art enthusiast, we’ve put together a list of some dope exhibitions that you won’t want to miss. And if you’re new to this, these picks will be sure to get your creative juices flowing.

“Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks” The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY

Have you ever wondered what the personal notebook of Basquiat would look like? If you have, this exhibition gives you a glimpse starting on April 3. And if you haven’t, I bet you want to now. The exhibition features 160 rarely seen documents including sketches, poetry, and his personal observations.

“The Jerome Project” Studio Museum Harlem, New York, NY

Titus Kaphar tackles the shortcomings of the criminal justice system (particularly when dealing with African-American men) through this exhibition that features portraits partially submerged in tar, symbolizing the amount of years lost while in prison and the silencing of these individuals during their incarceration.

“Marilyn Minter — Pretty Dirty” Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX

#Oilpainting by #MarilynMinter #paintanyway

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Marilyn Minter uses her master artistry to present a contradictory view of feminine beauty and the female body through photography, painting, and film.

“DAYTRIPPIN’ NIGHTSKIPPIN'” Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York, NY

Raven Schlossberg depicts empowered women through images taken from horror films, comics, punk magazines, and more. #GirlPower

“Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic” The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY

Kehinde Wiley invites black subjects to replace European figures and reenact their poses for her paintings, thus drawing attention to the absence of African-Americans in historical narratives.

“Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life” New York Botanical Gardens, New York, NY

"Nunca pintei sonhos só pintei a minha própria realidade" Frida Kahlo 🌼

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Experience Frida Kahlo’s relationship with nature through paintings and paper works. Oh, and a flower show. What better way to spend a warm afternoon? Starting May 16.

“The Rise of Sneaker Culture” The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY

Approximately 150 pairs of sneakers tell the story of the evolution of the sneaker. Featuring Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma, Reebok, and designer kicks by Prada and more. Kicking off July 10.

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