Frederick James Brown: Modern American Storyteller

When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through April 8 2013

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (4420 Warwick, 816-753-5784) has a large holding of works, 110 paintings, by African-American artist Frederick James Brown. This week, the Kemper opens Frederick James Brown: Modern American Storyteller, featuring his well-known portraits of Count Basie; Charlie Parker; and Brown's mentor, Willem de Kooning. Each portrait is punctuated with Brown's fearless and colorful palette. The show runs through April 7, 2013. See kemperart.org for more information.

Berry Anderson

Price: free

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