Frederick J. Brown: Portraits in Jazz, Blues, & Other Icons
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.