Power Boothe

Power Boothe

United States 1945

Abstract Art


Power Boothe
Power Boothe
United States
November 7, 2015
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The long lasting work of Power Boothe is largely framed by the abstract ideas and solutions, yet it is the subtle and purified approach that makes them refined. For over four decades, Boothe has been producing works dedicated the matters of formal language and grid, which is modernist attainment often related to minimalist and abstract art in general. Actually, the very notion of the painterly surface represents the central topic around which various other problems emerge. Quite thoroughly and with a focus the artist employs new possibilities in order to overlap of simply modifying existing dilemmas and express his never ending desire to always introduce something new.

In New York city the artist has exhibited on regular basis including celebrated Sideshow gallery
Power Boothe – Forwarding #2, 1997 (Left) / Power Boothe – In Play, 1997 (Right)

Investing in Education

Power Boothe is born in 1945, in Dallas, Texas. He studied painting at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute. Soon afterward, Boothe received a BA in Painting from Colorado College and moved to New York in 1967 in order to obtain the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. The artist even studied classical archaeology at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens and linguistics and philosophy at the University of California. In 1989 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts degree from Colorado College for his mid-career accomplishments. His works are part of many private collections and several public collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Constantly intrigued with shapes and colors

From his home the artist was fully in contact with the canvas, colors and shapes
Power Boothe – Circular Logic, 2008 (Left) / Power Boothe – Stems and Branches, 2008 (Right)

The Personal Style of Power Boothe

At first, the artist was entangled with figuration, yet he transferred to abstraction really quickly governed by the idea about the painting as a form of thought. Boothe’s appropriation of the grid is embedded in that format being a basis, a foundation from which he develops the concept further. The dichotomy of chaos and order is what draws him to find the balance between what it means for things to come together, while at the same time, they are coming apart. The analytical approach is rather stiff in the sense of determined boundaries within the exploration of elements should take place.

The inner relations between the elements is always in focus

The new work gallery showed plenty of his works including the blue paintings from 2014
Power Boothe – Uncertainties, 2008 (Left) / Power Boothe – Nothing Less, 2013 (Right)

Theater and Film Achievements

Simultaneously with painting, Power Boothe has been active in set design for experimental theater, dance and video productions. During the years, the artist has produced short films and visuals for theater, for which he received a Bessie Award for set design, a Film/Video Arts Foundation Award for film, and several Grants for his theater productions. He has designed sets for Obie Award-winning productions and has directed and designed music videos that have received international recognition.

The abstractions of Power Boothe are full of layers and graceful transitions

The american guggenheim museum offered a completely different analyzes and view on Boothe’s art in 2015
Power Boothe – Paintings, Installation view

Established Intellectual and Artist

Besides producing art in various media, Boothe is a Professor of Painting at the Hartford Art School. His academic career implies a position of Dean of the Hartford Art School from 2001 to 2010, where he led a successful campaign to build the Renée Samuels Center, a studio facility focused on teaching art and technology. Before that, Boothe worked as Director of the School of Art at Ohio University and due to his efforts a symposium on cognitive theory and the arts: Art/Body/Mind has been produced. For some time he was engaged as a lecturer and received prestigious Award for Teaching Excellence in 1998 provided the Maryland Institute. The list of his achievements in both academia and visual arts is quite long, and all that hard work is evident in his effort to remain concentrated and stimulated so he can always go one step further.

Power Boothe lives and works in Connecticut.

Featured image: Portrait of Power Boothe – image courtesy of EBK Gallery
All other images courtesy of EBK Gallery

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016Power BootheFred Giampietro Gallery, New Haven, CTSolo
2016 American Abstract Artists RCM Gallerie, Paris, FranceGroup
2016Chromatic SpacenShirley Firerman Art Center, New York, NYGroup
2016Summer ShowHostetler Gallery, Nantucket, MAGroup
2016 Ten/FortyFlorance Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CTSolo
2016Abstraction Part 1Five Points Gallery, Torrington, CTnGroup
2016OnwardAvenue of the Americas Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2016New GeometryGiampietro Gallery, New Haven, CTGroup
2015Power Boothe: New WorkCelest LeWitt Gallery, UCONN Health, Farmington,Solo
2015UntitledNew Work Hostetler Gallery, Nantucket, MA Group
2014Power Boothe: PaintingsEBK Gallery (small works), Hartford, CTSolo
2014BorderlineFive Points Gallery, Torrington, CTSolo
2014Rhythm and Repetition in 20th Century ArtHeckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NYGroup
2014American Abstract ArtistsSideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NYGroup
201475th American Abstract Artists Print PortfolioMartin Gallery, Allentown, PAGroup
2013New WorkHostetler Gallery,Nantucket, MAGroup
2012Minimalist AestheticWadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CTGroup
2012New WorkHostetler Gallery,Nantucket, MAGroup
2012Infinite ConnectionsArtSpace Torrington, Torrington, CTGroup
2011Power Boothe: Out of OrderNew Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CTSolo
2011Excavating New Ground: American Art in the 1970sUniversity of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, VAGroup
2008American Abstract Artists ExhibitionThe Painting Center, New York, NYGroup
2008Interspace: Line and ColorWashington Art Association, Washington Depot, CTGroup
1999Power BootheColumbia Festival of the Arts, Columbia MDSolo
1999New WorkGoya Girl Press, Baltimore, MDSolo
1999Twenty Third Annual National Invitational Drawing ExhibitionEmporia State University, Emporia, KSGroup
1998New Prints Published by Goya Girl PressBaltimore MDGroup
1998The Fanelli ShowO.K. Harris Gallery, NYGroup
1998Chance + NecessityGoya Girl Press, Baltimore, MDGroup
1998Tilted Arc, set designDoug Verone Dance Co., Joyce Theater, NYSolo
1997InvestigationsGoya Girl Press, Baltimore, MDGroup
1997Abstract IndexCondeso/Lawler Gallery, NYGroup
1997Made at the MillGoya Girl Press, Baltimore, MDGroup
1997Art Without Curves1120 Gallery, Phoenix, AZGroup
1997Breaking BoundariesAtlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FLGroup
1997Painted BlackNew York Law School Gallery, NYGroup
1996American Abstract Artists 1936–1996Mishkin Gallery, NYGroup
1996American Abstract Artists, 60th Anniversary ExhibitionKean College Art Gallery, NJ and Westbeth Gallery, NYGroup
1996Small WorksStephen Haller Gallery, NYGroup
1995Power BootheStephen Haller Gallery, NYSolo
1995Small WorksStephen Haller Gallery, NYGroup
1995Scratching the SurfaceStephen Haller Gallery, NYGroup
1994The Persistence of AbstractionNoyes Museum, Ocean Park, NJGroup
1994Maryland Institute, Then and Now, traveling exhibitionJosiah White Center, Jim Thorp, PA, Anita Shapolsky Gallery, NYGroup
1994Between the SexesMaryland Art Place, Baltimore, MDGroup
1994New Performances in Found Spaces, exhibition of drawings and photographs of set designsLincoln Center Library, NYGroup
1994Our Town, set design for dance productionOakland Ballet, Premiere Paramount Theater, Oakland, CASolo
1994Set in MotionNew York State Council selection of films, Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, NYGroup
1993Inaugural ShowThe Painting Center, NYGroup
1993Recent Painting and SculptureRobert Morrison Gallery, NYGroup
1993Private LivesZooma Gallery, NYGroup
1993Ring Around the Rosie, set design for dance/theaterHancher Auditorium, Iowa City, IASolo
1993Thicker Than Water, set design for dance productionDance Theater Workshop, NYSolo
1992Recent PaintingsRobert Morrison Gallery, NYSolo
1992DrawingsLewiston Aubern College Gallery, Lewiston, MESolo
1992ActionTrenkmann Gallery, NYGroup
1991Paintings and DrawingsDance Theater Workshop Gallery, NYSolo
1991Recent PaintingsTrenkmann Gallery, NYSolo
1991Group ShowRobert Morrison Gallery, NYGroup
1990New PaintingsTime Life Building, NYSolo
1990Paintings and PhotographsSchick Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NYDuo
1989Recent WorkSouyun Yi Gallery, NYSolo
1989New PaintingThe Harrison Gallery, Boca Raton, FLSolo
1988Paintings: 1971 to 1988Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich, CTSolo
1988Recent PaintingsPMW Gallery, Stamford, CTSolo
1987New PaintingsSouyun Yi Gallery, NYSolo
1987Boothe and ZetterstromAlmquist Gallery, New Preston, CTDuo
1986New PaintingsLynn Mayhew Gallery, Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OHSolo
1984CurrentsInstitute for Contemporary Art, Boston, MASolo
1983Paintings: 1973 to 1983Climenhaga Fine Arts Center, Grantham, PASolo
1982New PaintingsA.M. Sachs Gallery, NYSolo
1982Navigation SeriesDance Theater Workshop Gallery, NYSolo
1981New PaintingsA.M. Sachs Gallery, NYSolo
1978Recent PaintingsA.M. Sachs Gallery, NYSolo
1976Recent PaintingsA.M. Sachs Gallery, NYSolo
1976BooksFranklin Furnace Gallery, NYDuo
1974New PaintingsA.M. Sachs Gallery, NYSolo
1973PaintingsA.M. Sachs Gallery, NYSolo