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Power Boothe, Dispatch, 1982, Oil on canvas,
72 x 72 in., Collection of the artist

Power Boothe, Extension, 1994, Oil on canvas,
72 x 72 in., Collection of the artist

Power Boothe: Out of Order
Through Apr. 10, 2011
Opening Reception
6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011

Boothe grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has had 18 solo exhibitions in New York, all of which received critical acclaim. His work is represented in many public collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the British Museum. Furthermore, he has designed sets for Obie-Award winning productions, collaborated as a visual artist with choreographers and musicians, and received other awards for film work. Recently, Boothe retired as dean of Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford after nine years at the helm.

Unlike Picasso, the abstract art Power Boothe produces does not center on portraits of people. Boothe focuses on complex feelings and ideas rather than concrete scenes. He combines colors and shapes that are not usually placed together. At first glance, his works seem to just be a random mash of colors and shapes but when one considers the title and the feelings his work evokes, the conclusion makes more sense.


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