Sunday, July 28, 2013

SOLEDAD, ASSISI, watercolor

Soledad, Assisi, 6x9 watercolor

In my last blog post, I described my impression with "U from Uruguay" presentation at La Biennale di Venezia. The artist is Martin Sastre. On the presentation, we read: "With the making of this perfume: "U from Uruguay", he extracts the essence of flowers and weeds from the farm of the President of Uruguay, Jose Mujica. Sastre is really trying to extract the essence of the austere way of life that distinguishes the head of government. Rather than moving into the presidential residence, President Mujica lives on his modest farm on the outskirts of the city, selling the flowers he grows in local markets and giving away 90% of his monthly salary for social housing, thus becoming a global icon of austerity. Sastre's proceeds from the sale of the perfume will go to establish a National Contemporary Art Fund in support of Uruguayan artists, thus applying President Mujica's principles to art. Sastre underscores the unpretentious lifestyle of the president of Uruguay."

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