Over the past thirty years, Frederick J. Brown has been a driving force
reclaiming figuration's importance after a period of minimalism and abstraction.
Brown's strong color and articulated figures, drawn from German Expressionism
and African art are evident in his depictions of mythic figures such as
Stagger Lee and John Henry, and in cultural heroes such as Crazy Horse,
Geronimo, and Martin Luther King. This exhibition drew together more than
thirty paintings, celebrating individuals who have shaped American cultural
life, and demonstrating Brown's impact as one of our culture's most prominent
and prolific portrait painters. The exhibition premiered at the Kemper Museum
and will traveled to the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA, and the Studio Museum
in Harlem, NY. Brown was an artist in residence at the Kemper Museum.