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Hugo Crosthwaite, Mexican, b. 1971

Creation date: 2004
Creation place: Mexico

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Type: Graphite and Charcoal Drawing
Medium and Support: Graphite and charcoal on panel
Credit Line: Museum purchase with funds provided by Ken and Jacki Widder and by Kevin and Tamara Kinsella
Accession Number: 2005.95.a-d
Dimensions: 96 in. x 96 in. (243.84 cm x 243.84 cm)
Currently on view


Hugo Crosthwaite, (2004 - 2004)

ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, Coral Gables, Florida (2004 - August 2, 2005)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (August 2, 2005 - )

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Crosthwaite, who was born in Tijuana, explains his inspiration for this work, “I always thought that being skinned alive was a horrible way to die, and when I started this piece, I wanted to make a very Baroque composition, sort of like Caravaggio’s crucifixion of Peter, a very diagonal composition, and then as I was working through the piece, I was thinking about martyrdom.” Crosthwaite’s Bartolomé uses the predicament of the saint to comment on contemporary society, and specifically to address the abuses at Abu Ghraib, which were made public as he began the work, when photographs taken by American soldiers were released to the media . With the architecture of Tijuana appears in the background, the letters E-S-C-A behind one figure refer to the word escándalo (scandal) and represent another way in which the artist suggests the abuses at Abu Ghraib while simultaneously portraying a contemporary Saint Bartolomé.
Last Updated: 3/27/2013


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Hugo Crosthwaite: Maniera Obscura/In a Dark Manner, 1998–2005 ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries , 3/4/2005 - 5/30/2005

Paper Traces: Latin American Prints and Drawings from the Collection at SDMA San Diego Museum of Art , 9/23/2006 - 12/31/2006

Brutal Beauty: Drawings by Hugo Crosthwaite The Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College , 2/27/2010 - 7/18/2010

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. Edward Lucie-Smith. Arte al Dia International American Art Corporation. Miami, Florida, 2005
Page Number: 25, Figure Number: 25

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