Wang Dang Doodlin

Wang Dang Doodlin
 Once the spirit inhabits it, then we have a painting. — Frederick J. Brown In the 1970s and early ‘80s, Fred Brown (1945-2012) interacted with all kinds of avant garde artists in New York City and particularly jazz musicians musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Charlie Haden and Alice Coltrane.  Because of a grounding in the blues during his Chicago childhood, Brown also sought out blues musicians in the U.S. and Europe. The experience led to a prodigious creation of more than 300 paintings on jazz and blues subjects.  With a similar cyclonic energy and speed, he executed a 110 panel series on the history of world art and produced enough good painting to buy a jaguar while he was still in college.  He attributed this prolific outpouring to entering a transcendent dimension: “You’re not involved with the body or the …