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Covered Woman

Hugo Crosthwaite, Mexican, b. 1971

Creation date: 2001
Creation place: Mexico

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Type: Graphite Drawing
Medium and Support: Graphite and charcoal on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Norm Applebaum
Accession Number: 2006.231.a-b
Dimensions: 48 in. x 24 in. x 2 1/8 in. (121.92 cm x 60.96 cm x 5.4 cm)
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Mr. and Mrs. Norm Applebaum, La Mesa, California ( - November 11, 2006)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (November 11, 2006 - )

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Crosthwaite writes, “In my depiction of figures, I am dedicated to using classical technique, minute in detail. The absence of color allows each work to be viewed as an objective documentation of events from which the spectator’s involvement is forbidden. It is not my objective to create compositions to which viewers can relate. It is my intent to create works that maintain their mysteriousness in spite of their classical figurative representation.”
In Covered Woman, the enigmatic figure’s billowy dress and exaggerated form, along with the contrast of her white shape that emerges from a dark background are signs of a contemporary baroque style. Crosthwaite synthesizes the power of dramatic contrasting elements and the distortion of form to develop his practice with roots in the art historical tradition.
Last Updated: 7/29/2022


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

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

Ortra vez Modern and Contemporary The San Diego Museum of Art , 3/30/2013 - 7/14/2013

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