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Frederick James Brown: Modern American Storyteller

October 12, 2012–April 7, 2013

Kemper Museum

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Frederick James Brown passed away in May 2012, leaving a legacy of painted stories. Best-known for his portraits of jazz performers, fellow artists, and other creative individuals, Brown created the Kemper Museum's monumental work The History of Art (1994/2000) that lines the walls of Café Sebastienne. His ability to marry the lives of cultural heroes with the style and themes of figuration and abstraction solidified Brown's reputation as a modern American storyteller. The exhibition features paintings from the Kemper Museum's permanent collection, a significant holder of the artist's works.

The exhibition was organized by Sarah Nyanjom, an ArtTable Mentored Intern for Diversity. ArtTable is a leadership organization for professional women in the visual arts.

Frederick James Brown, Johnnie Hodges, 2005; mixed media on canvas on wood panel, 60 1/8 x 50 1/8 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Gift of the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2008.23