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Montevideo’s Old City, seen from the Fundación de Arte Contemporáneo, 2005
Photo by Paulo Ravecca
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Young Uruguay
by Karl Dahlquist & Paulo Ravecca


Montevideo, the capital and largest city of Uruguay, is famous in Latin America for its theater, but it is far from being an art-world center. Still, the tropes of global postmodernism are everywhere, particularly among the under-30 artists who make their home in this lusty metropolis (pop. 1.8 million) on the Río de la Plata.

It comes as no surprise that one of Montevideo’s best-known young artists, Martín Sastre (b. 1976), lives and practices in Spain. Still, Sastre maintains a connection with his country of birth through www.martinsastre.com, the home site for "The Foundation for the Super Poor Arts," which ostensibly provides a three-month stipend to work and live in Montevideo to three "first world" students from Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany.

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