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.