May 11 – August 4, 2024

Nothing, Then Everything brings together more than a dozen of Power Boothe’s large-scale abstract paintings in dialogue with his smaller canvases and works on paper, exploring the artist’s work and process. Using a grid structure as a starting point, Boothe engages color, line, shape, texture, and rhythm in his paintings, seeing each piece as a poetic event.

This exhibition shows the shifts and the threads that run through Power Boothe’s artistic idiom over five decades of painting, with energetic, colorful, and bold canvases, as well as more quietly compelling ones. One section focuses on the artist’s drawings, showing framed works on paper as well as sketchbooks full of vivid compositions that visitors can see firsthand.

Images left to right: Free Fall, 2022, oil on canvas, 48 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the Fred Giampietro Gallery; Nothing then Everything, 2019, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the Fred Giampietro Gallery; Time Being #2, 2022, oil on canvas, 72 x 72 inches. Courtesy of the Fred Giampietro Gallery.

“Measured, dreamlike, solemn, or quick and animated, there is always something insistently personal in the way Power Boothe treads. He is a painter for whom rhythm is the essential organizing force. Just as the symmetry of the human gait can be altered by countless fortuitous events (the most determined walker is distracted by sounds, movements, encounters), so the basic rhythmic structure of Boothe’s paintings is modified by countless emotional intonations. But, essentially, these paintings are intimations of basic movements in the universe to which the artist is intuitively attuned.”
–Dore Ashton
“Power Boothe’s Gait,” Arts Magazine, 1981

About Power Boothe

Boothe’s work is represented in public collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the British Museum in the UK, as well as many private collections nationally and internationally.

Boothe has received numerous grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Pollock/Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship for painting.

Boothe is a Professor of Painting at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, where he served as Dean from 2001 to 2010. He grew up in Lafayette, CA. He studied painting at the California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Art Institute, then after receiving a BA in Painting from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, he came to New York as a student in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 1967. He lived and worked as an artist for three decades in New York City before moving to Connecticut in 2001.

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