HUGO CROSTHWAITE AWARDED GRAND PRIZE AT 11TH FEMSA MONTERREY BIENNIAL

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles
Aug 15, 2014 1:52PM

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is thrilled to announce that HUGO CROSTHWAITE has been awarded the Grand Prize at the 11th FEMSA Monterrey Biennial. The winning work is titled "Tijuana Radiant Shine No. 1", graphite and acrylic paint on panel, and measures 31 x 61 inches (79 x 176 cm).

Jurors for the 11th edition included the artists Betsabee Romero and Pierre Olivier Arnaud, the curator Gilberto Vicario, and the critics Ramiro Martinez and Agustin Arteaga. The 11th Monterrey FEMSA Biennial opened August 14, 2014 at the Centro de las Artes in Monterrey, Nuevo León, and will travel to Mexico City and abroad. The exhibition includes 65 works by 40 artists.

Since its inception, 26 artists have won the Grand Acquisition Prize, which is accompanied by a monetary award of 200,000 Mexican pesos. The winning art work becomes part of the FEMSA Art Collection, one of the most important art collections in Latin America. Founded in 1890, FEMSA is a leading beverage company in Mexico and Latin America and the world's largest bottler of Coca-Cola.

Established in 1992, the FEMSA Monterrey Biennial was instituted with the purpose of recognizing, strengthening, encouraging and promoting artistic creation in Mexico. Over the past two decades the Biennal has become one of the most important visual arts events in Mexico and has also gained international prestige on par with other international biennials.

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Hugo Crosthwaite, born in 1974, lives and works in Rosarito, Mexico. He received a BA in Applied Arts from San Diego State University. His works are in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Pérez Art Museum, Miami, FL; Boca Raton Museum of Art, FL; University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AK; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, CA; and San Diego Museum of Art, CA.

Recent exhibitions include California Pacific Triennial 2013, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Salon für Kunstbuch, Vienna, Austria; The New World, Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art, Chaffey College, Rancho Cucamonga, CA; The Very Large Array, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and, Behold, America!, San Diego Museum of Art; Brooklyn, NY; Studies for Carpas and Tjuanerias, Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection, Chicago Cultural Center; and Brutal Beauty: Drawings by Hugo Crosthwaite, San Diego Museum of Art. Other exhibitions include TRANSactions: Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; El Grito/The Cry for Freedom, Univ. of Arkansas, Little Rock, AK; Strange New World: Art & Design from Tijuana, Santa Monica Museum of Art, CA; VII Bienal Monterrey 2005, Mexico; XII Bienal Rufino Tamayo 2005, Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; and The Perception of Appearances: A Decade of American Contemporary Figurative Drawing, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA.

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