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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Hugo Crosthwaite @ San Diego Museum of Art and Noel Baza Fine Art

courtesy Van Cleve Fine Art


Brutal Beauty
February 27th, 2010

Dark Dreams
March 5th, 2010

Contact: Pierrette Van Cleve-Van Cleve Fine Art

New York Artist Hugo Crosthwaite returns to create monumental On - Site Drawing and Exhibition Brutal Beauty for San Diego Museum of Art.

Hugo Crosthwaite returns to San Diego for two celebrated events: a San Diego Museum of Art exhibit of his drawings entitled Brutal Beauty and Dark Dreams, a twelve-year survey of his work at Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery.

February 27 - July 18, 2010

BRUTAL BEAUTY: Drawings by Hugo Crosthwaite at The San Diego Museum of Art

Brutal Beauty features a cross section of eleven drawings lent by local collectors. As part of the Brutal Beauty exhibit, Crosthwaite will create a monumental drawing on site. Crosthwaite will tackle the wall without any pre-drawing or calculation. Instead he will improvise and let the drawing evolve organically. Once the drawing is complete, he will unravel the narrative by de-constructing it with white painted rectangular shapes. Painting in this instance being the death of the drawing.

Amy Galpin, San Diego Museum Project Curator for American Art said of Crosthwaite's art "His figures exude a brutal beauty: they are as awe-inspiring for their physical forms as they are for their dramatic sensibilities that suggest baroque, surreal, and film noir influences."

Visitors will be able to watch him work either in person and through a live feed video and follow him on Twitter and receive updates and information from his Facebook page.

February 24
Teen Art Café: Hugo Crosthwaite
6:00 - 8:00 p.m., James S. Copley Auditorium, Free
Hugo Crosthwaite will be on site drawing during the evening event - Teen Art Café Teen artists are invited to SDMA to celebrate an exciting exhibition of modern art works representing some of the 20th century's most influential artists.
For more information, please call or email Amy Briere, Coordinator, Educator and Student Programs at 619-696-1952 or

February 25
Exhibition Opening at Culture & Cocktails - Open to the Public
6:00 - 9:00 p.m. The DJ spins, exotic beverages flow and artworks dazzle at The San Diego Museum of Art's sundown series, Culture & Cocktails. Bring a friend, meet someone new, and experience art in a whole new way. For event information, email:
After Party with the Artist 9:00 p.m. - Tin Can Alehouse, 1863 5th Avenue, San Diego (619) 955-8525

March 14-3pm Artist Talk - Open to the public
Hugo Crosthwaite will speak about his on site drawing for SDMA and his past decade of work.

The San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado in Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101


Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Admission Prices: Museum members - Free
General Admission - $12.00; Senior and Military $9.00; Students $8.00; Youth (6-17) $4.50; Children 5 and under - Free

DARK DREAMS: Drawings by Hugo Crosthwaite at Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery
San Diego, CA March 5 - March 20, 2010
Dark Dreams, a comprehensive 12 year survey of Hugo Crosthwaite's complex drawings, will open on March 5th at the Noel-Baza Fine Art, in Little Italy
Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery in San Diego represents international artists who are making an impact on the contemporary art scene.

Noel-Baza Fine Art Gallery
2165 India Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Hours of operation: Tuesday - Saturday Noon to 6:00pm

Pierrette Van Cleve
/ Agent for Hugo Crosthwaite 619.501.4718

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