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NY Armory Week Wrap Up March 2018

Posted on October 15, 2018
Armory Week went up against a snowstorm and a schedule clash with the contemporary auctions in London and the European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, but still collectors, curators and celebs came out to make significant purchases and artist discoveries.
Below are some works by emerging and established artists that caught our eye.
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Pan, 2018, Unique fiberglass sculpture, hand-painted with Dutch wax pattern, bespoke hand-colored globe, gold leaf and steel baseplate
Yinka Shonibare has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. His work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through a sharp political commentary of the tangled inter-relationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. His latest "Wind Sculptures" series resembles a billowing slice of fabric waving in the wind. 
For Shonibare, the richly colored sculptures refer to designs on wax batik print. Similar designs often appeared on textiles that were imported from West Africa by the Dutch during the 18th century. These days, however, those fabrics are produced in the Netherlands and exported to Africa, and so the work becomes a meditation on the history of colonialism.
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Material I, 2017, Hand-painted bronze
We were lucky enough to attend a celebratory dinner for Yinka, culminating in much well-deserved attention all week due to the unveiling of his new public art piece gracing the sidewalks of New York City. His new commission with the Public Art Fund, Wind Sculpture (SG) I, is currently on view at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, just outside the Southeast entrance to Central Park until October 14, 2018. Shonibare considers the 23-foot-tall piece to be the beginning of a second generation of the series, the first generation having ended with Wind Sculpture VII, which is permanently installed outside the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C.
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Wind Sculpture (SG)I, 2018, Hand-painted fiberglass resin cast
Shonibare's works are included in notable collections, including the Tate Collection, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C; Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome and VandenBroek Foundation, The Netherlands.

Art Programming January 2018

Posted on January 06, 2018
Join Emily Greenspan this year for a very special curated calendar of events as we introduce you to a diverse program of unique art experiences while offering insight into museums, auctions, artist studios, galleries, art fairs, and print workshops.   
You will receive announcements approximately 4-6 weeks prior to each event with the opportunity to sign up.  Space is often limited so please respond early. 
Here is a sneak peak of the first few events...
Los Angeles
Gemini Night: The Art of Printmaking in the 21st Century
Bring your creative energy to Melrose Avenue to learn the art of making prints. After a brief history and short demo, everyone will have the opportunity to create their own print to take home. 
Gemini G.E.L. is an artists' workshop and publisher of fine-art limited edition prints and sculptures. Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, among many others, made Gemini and Los Angeles an important part of their working and social lives. They formed friendships with Gemini locals, including Sam Francis, Bruce Nauman, Ed Ruscha, and David Hockney.  
Please RSVP now as space is very limited.
Los Angeles
American Friends of the Israel Museum Gala
Vibiana, 214 S. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Join Emily as she co-chairs this annual event that will feature David Hockney as the highlighted guest speaker.  
Hockney is one of the most important and iconic artists of our time. His versatile and groundbreaking practice includes photography, drawing, painting and other forms of modern media. Since its founding in 1965, the Israel Museum has become a leader among the world's encyclopedic museums. From prehistoric objects to cutting edge contemporary works of art and design, the museum's vast holdings reflect humanity's artistic achievements and cultural wonders. 
Please join us for a very memorable evening.
Space as Emily's guest is extremely limited.
Please click here if you're interested in supporting the museum and/or attending the gala.
New York
The Armory Show: VIP Preview Day
Gain early VIP access with Emily the day before the fair opens to the public
Staged on Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show features presentations by over 200 leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs.
The fair is open to the public March 8-11, 2018
Click here to request a time to walk the fair with us
New York
Ramiro Gomez Exhibition
on view March 22-April 21, 2018
Early access to view work by Los Angeles artist Ramiro Gomez with an exclusive walk-through of the show with gallery owner and founder Wendy Olsoff
Click here to make an appointment
Aspen, Colorado
A visit to Anderson Ranch Arts Center
Artists of all levels come from across the country and around the world to explore new ideas, hone their art-making skills and engage in meaningful dialogue. Join us for a tour of the impressive property and studios of the artists-in-residence.
More dates and events to follow...

Art Basel Download December 2017

Posted on January 06, 2018
When Art Basel first came to Miami in 2002, it was a satellite art fair and an end-of-the-year anchor to the Basel, Switzerland main event held in the summer. But in a perfect storm of palm trees, parties, a surge of interest in art, and an Instagram explosion, it's now become the biggest annual art event in North America, attended by over 85,000 people. As the celebration morphs into two dozen satellite fairs and a weeklong full calendar of art and fashion happenings, it's also a venue to show how art by a new generation of artists is being made alongside the modern and contemporary heavyweights we know and love.
Below is a sampling of works by talented artists we are keeping on our radar for the upcoming year.
Ramiro Gomez, An Afternoon in Madison Square Park, 2017, Mixed media on canvas
Ramiro Gomez's work at Art Basel Miami Beach was sold out before the fair even started. The LA-based artist, known for his re-imaginings of David Hockney's pool paintings and other luxurious settings, includes the often-invisible workers who maintain these pristine backdrops. The son of undocumented Mexican immigrants who have since become U.S. citizens, Gomez experienced first-hand the ways in which certain occupations are reduced to invisibility and, though essential, are written out of the
primary narrative of a family, building, or public space. Much of Gomez's work is concerned with the ephemeral, from capturing
fleeting moments in time that would otherwise be lost - someone watering a lawn, sweeping a floor, or lifting a package onto a truck
- to the very materials that he chooses as his canvas, most notably salvaged cardboard or discarded lumber.
Detail of An Afternoon in Madison Square Park, 2017, MIxed media on canvas
After having spent some time in New York this past Fall, Gomez created a series of New York-themed mixed-media paintings with the same idea, including cardboard cutouts of nannies, delivery men and construction workers who are often overlooked and forgotten, reflecting Ramiro's ongoing interest in depicting individuals' lives and recognizing workers, acknowledging to them that they are worth being recognized.
Ramiro Gomez, Three Men on a Roof Taking a Break (Chelsea), 2017, Mixed Media on canvas
In addition to impressing collectors and curators with his work this year at the fair, Gomez created portraits in the booth on slices of cardboard of the cleaners, wall painters, lighting technicians, and art handlers who made the fair possible, but whose work rarely ever gets credited. He then presented these workers with their portraits for them to keep. He called this project "Just For You". The meaningful series, which Gomez considers a performance unto itself, is a continuation of a two-day piece he displayed during the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Ramiro will be having his first New York solo show this Spring. 
Juan Perez with his portrait at Art Basel Miami Beach, 2017

January Art Fairs January 2017

Posted on March 22, 2017
January was a busy month in the world of art fairs. The West Coast was abuzz with multiple showings in San Francisco and in Los Angeles. Here are some artists that we found especially noteworthy.
Diana Al-Hadid, Theory, Beard, Practice, 2015, Polymer, gypsum, fiberglass, stell, plaster, gold leaf, pigment
Diana Al-Hadid uses everyday materials, such as plaster, plywood, and cardboard, to create wall structures that seem to rise, fall, and ooze all at once. Simultaneously suggesting a sci-fi future and recalling a mythical past, the pieces combine architectural references like church spires, columns, and broken plinths with simulated fabric drapery and melting wax. Enigmatic narratives are embedded, including references to Pieter Brughel and stories about the mythical Ariadne and the 13th-century Muslim inventor Al-Jazari, who is said to have influenced Leonardo Da Vinci. Many of Al-Hadid's pieces blur the boundary between sculpture and painting. Al-Hadid is a Syrian-American artist who currently lives and works in Brooklyn.

End of Year Highlights January 2017

Posted on January 04, 2017
Though it may seem like ages ago that we scoured the booths during Art Basel Miami week, the reality is that there is never a dull moment in the art world. With all the art fairs, parties, job shuffling (think Sotheby's and Christie's), presidential politics, Zika scare and exhibitions safely in the rear view mirror for another year, here's a rundown of some artists we will be watching in the year to come.
Andrea Bowers, Don't Touch Me, 2016, Cardboard and LED lights
In Susanne Vielmetter's booth at Art Basel Miami, you couldn't miss the work that Andrea Bowers created after the emergence of the Access Hollywood hot-mic recording of then-candidate Donald Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women. "Don't touch me," reads the sign, with electric lights inside cardboard letters in reference to the typical material for signs at protest marches.
Working in a variety of mediums including drawing, installation, and video, Andrea Bowers centers her work on the convergence of art and activism. The topics she has addressed in her practice range from workers' rights and the Occupy Movement to sexuality and gender discrimination. She is a self-described feminist artist. 
Andrea Bowers, Dream, Rise and Organize, 2016, Cardboard and permanent marker

Basel Bulletin June 2016

Posted on July 09, 2016
Despite the heavy rains, crowds flocked to see the art at the Grandfather of all art fairs in Switzerland. Here are some highlights...

Ugo Rondinone, Seven Magic Mountains, 2016, Seven thirty to thirty-five-foot high dayglow totems comprised of painted, locally-sourced boulders
Human-shaped stone figures by Ugo Rondinone dominated the booth of Zurich-based heavyweight Eva Presenhuber. The sculptures were smaller versions of those seen at Rockefeller Center in Spring 2013 in the Human Nature show. If you want to see Ugo's work on this side of the pond, don't miss Seven Magic Mountains, a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than 30 feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is a creative expression of human presence in the desert, punctuating the Mojave with a dynamic burst of form and color. That exhibition opened May 11, 2016 and will be on view for two years.
Donald Moffett, Lot 032216 (radiant blue), 2016, Oil on linen, wood panel support with steel tubing
Marianne Boesky's booth was filled with works by Donald Moffett. They resemble seductively cut shag paintings, which look like grass but methodically extrude from a linen surface. One piece at the center of the booth was suspended from an iron beam resting atop two sculptural donkeys. 

Donald Moffett, 2016, Installation shot of Boesky booth

Art Madness May 2016

Posted on June 23, 2016
It was a busy month of May in New York with art fairs Frieze and NADA, plus the buzz (and bust) of the auction sales at Sotheby's and Christie's. Here's a brief recap...

Igshaan Adams, Surat Al'lkhlas III (front), 2015, Woven nylon rope
South African artist Igshaan Adams creates intricate tapestries made from banal materials such as rope, beads, and textiles depicting Kufic calligraphy and other iconographies of Islamic culture, as well as remnants of Apartheid South Africa. Evoking the work of master El Anatsui, Adams's richly layered pieces hang simply on the walls, draw you in and command introspection, calm, and careful consideration.
Igshaan Adams, Surah Al-Fatiha II (part one), 2016, woven nylon rope, beads and string
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NY Armory Fair Favorites March 2016

Posted on March 08, 2016
Here are some stand-outs from this past weekend's Armory fair week, seen in a New York minute

Douglas Coupland, From his Deep Face series, 2016, Acrylic on archival pigment print
This year marked the 22nd annual edition of the world-renowned Armory Show, the fair at the center of Armory Week, a constellation of fairs that pop up in the busy first week of March spawning countless related parties, performances, and VIP tours of the fairs and private collections. Here is a rundown of the highlights from the Armory Fair along with some other satellite favorites.
205 exhibitors displayed their works of art across Piers 92 and 94 on the far west side of the city, with a focus on African art in both the modern section and the main attraction, the contemporary pier. Yielding to that theme was a piece by Yinka Shonibare MBE. Working in painting, sculpture, photography, film and performance, Shonibare's work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through sharp political commentary of the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe and their respective economic and political histories. 
Yinka Shonibare MBE, Girl on Flying Machine, 2008, Mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton, steel, rubber and aluminum
London gallery Tiwani Contemporary, which works with established and emerging artists from Africa and the Diaspora, was selected for the special Armory Focus section. The gallery presented a solo exhibition of works by Francisco Vidal. His drawings, sculptures, and installations are marked by a visual lexicon that builds on Cubist portraits by Pablo Picasso, ethnographic photography, and African fabrics, as well as the bold, calligraphic lines of graffiti and street art. Vidal's large-scale portraits are composed of layered sheets of paper, highlighting their status as both objects and paintings, and evoking an architectural physicality. Great jam music was playing in this booth to complete the environment.
Francisco Vidal, Black Fire, New Spirits No. 2, 2015

LA Fair Favorites February 2016

Posted on February 03, 2016
Here are some stand-outs from this past weekend's LA art fair scene

Matthew Chambers, Not the University, 2015, acrylic, enamel based adhesive and nylon flocking on canvas
LA-based artist Matthew Chambers had show-stopping flock paintings on view as well as a series of artist's books. Bright and engaging, this new body of work draws the viewer into the experience of the velvety surface. The floral works, while starting from automatic drawings focused on color (some present in the books), were then repainted with matched color enamel adhesive, and then sprayed with nylon or rayon fiber. His series of artist's books, cut and stitched together and then placed in lockable wooden boxes, expose his personal editing process, implying the continuing sense of freedom, risk, failure, work for work's sake, and private catharsis that an artist goes through on a daily basis. 
Todd Gray, Takoradi, Cape Coast, Then / Now Same, Same, 2015, 
Five archival pigment prints and found antique frames
Todd Gray, born in 1954, lives and works in Los Angeles and Ghana. These eye-catching works are comprised of photographs culled from Gray's own archive and then recontextualized inside antique and artist-made frames. Gray delved into his extensive archive of Michael Jackson photos (he was his personal photographer in the 1980s) and re-purposed them, reframing them alongside his documentary work from Ghana. Gray is careful to resist the viewer's desire to see a complete likeness of Jackson, showing instead detailed fragments of his body, his backup dancers, views from concerts, and placing them against images of African people and Ghanian architecture. The framed photo collages overlap and stack on top of one another, creating a cacophony of photo sculpture. 
Todd Gray, Mirror Mirror, 2014,Two archival pigment prints and found antique frames

Miami Art Fair Download December 2015

Posted on December 16, 2015
Art Basel in Miami Beach is firmly entrenched as one of the most sought-after and meticulously planned events on the American art world calendar... it's the year's biggest opportunity to connect with global buyers. The Guardian declared that the show is "the most prestigious art fair in the western hemisphere" and "the best by far" in the United States. The majority of exhibitors reported strong sales and many reported sold out booths, not only to private museums and institutions, but to esteemed VIPs and new collectors as well.
Here is a rundown of some of our favorite works.

Thomas Bayrle, Rhapsody in Pink, 2015, 
acrylic digitalprint on canvas
A pioneer of German Pop Art, Thomas Bayrle is best known for his 'super-forms', large images composed of iterations of smaller cell-like images. Humorous, satirical, and often political, his paintings, sculptures, and digital images are commentaries on the systems of control and domination in a rapidly globalizing economy. Bayrle draws readily on his experience of Cold War Germany as a microcosm of broader power struggles. This piece is based loosely on a work by Caravaggio and is created out of small iPhone images.

Mickalene Thomas, Untitled (Futurist Brooch), 2015, 
aluminum with aluminum leaf
Known for her photography and multi-media installations, Thomas is now exploring the world of sculpture. These designs are based on her mother's jewelry. They are digitally scanned and enlarged to monumental scale. With these works, she has moved away from sculptural elements that celebrate and memorialize an individual and is interested in cementing and transforming small objects into a new language for contemporary sculpture. It was important to Thomas to reproduce all of the minor imperfections of the originals, as these details create a certain intimacy between the larger works and their viewers. The sculptures make allusion to different artistic genres-futurism, high modernism and kitsch-and are grounded by their basis as found objects and by their alluring materiality, which calls up themes of commerce and desire.

Frieze Fair Wrap Up May 2015

Posted on May 19, 2015





Gavin Brown's booth was devoted to Jonathan Horowitz's "700 Dots" project. For this work, the artist paid 700 participants $20 each to paint a neat black circle on a small white canvas (they were given very precise instructions). When it was complete, the entire collection of dot paintings was sold as a work of the artist. It offered fairgoers a quiet, highly focused moment in the bustle of the art fair and a fun atmosphere that was the talk of the preview. It also seemed to embody that high level of engagement that felt like the essence of Frieze this year.


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Armory Fair Highlights March 2015

Posted on March 10, 2015


This Spring's stand-outs were work by Emilio Perez... he is a painter's painter, combining the inherent aspects of painting with drawing in his unique stylistic process. His work is a combination of the spontaneity and expressiveness of painting and the immediacy and graphic quality of drawing. Perez generates his kinetic imagery by building layer over layer, and then going back into the painting to "draw" with a blade cutting his marks to create his abstract image, not planning out ahead of time what the final result will look like. Perez attended Pratt Institute and University of Florida's New World School of the Arts. His works can be found in the permanent collections of the Miami Art Museum; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock; and in multiple international corporate collections.


Emilio Perez, Quest of the Explorers, 2013

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Miami Art Fairs December 2013

Posted on December 20, 2013


Zevs, Liquidated YES, 2012, mirror polished bronze on patinated bronze base


Miami 2013: The annual see-and-be-seen..or should I say see-and-be-scene. 

This year’s scene had a decidedly Latin American feeling to it starting with the re-opening of the Perez Art Museum Miami. The PAMM is revitalizing the art scene in Miami, bringing this city right into the future with its contemporary architectural design and collections. The museum is an education on how artists can come together to tell a story of craft, landscape, consumerism, violence and identity. To inaugurate these ideals, PAMM has amassed key loans and recent gifts from Miami’s most significant private collectors with highlights from its own young collection to create a two-year cycle of changing thematic installations collectively titled AMERICANA. An English and Spanish word that broadly describes images and objects produced in the Americas and typical of American cultures, it is specifically intended to evoke both North American art collecting traditions and a unique perspective that reaches across national borders.

Hew Locke, a British artist of Guyanese descent, known for his ship replicas, designed dozens of colorful vessels that are suspended from the ceiling as you enter the museum. In light of Miami’s history of being a port of immigrant entry – particularly by sea, this installation in the project gallery holds special meaning with many museum visitors.


Hew Locke, For Those in Peril on the Sea, 2011, 79 model boats and mixed media


Many of the artists showcased in the museum were seen at the fairs. 

Adrian Esparza, who hails from El Paso, Texas, deconstructs the serape blanket, transforming our view of an everyday object to show how art exists in the world around us. This cultural symbol and souvenir from Mexico has become Esparza’s inspiration to comment on political divides and borderland experiences. His installation at the PULSE Fair was a small example of his larger piece at the Perez. These “postcards,” as he calls them, can be commissioned and range in price depending on their individual size.


Adrian Esparza, Untitled, 2013, nails, thread, and serape

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ParisPhoto LA May 2013

Posted on May 11, 2013

ParisPhotoLA took place recently at Paramount Studios, a very unique art-fair venue. It was like being back in New York City walking the streets of TriBeCa since the galleries having solo shows had "store fronts" on the New York back lot...of course, it was L.A. style with the food trucks mixed in and the beautiful West Coast weather. This came with varied reviews from some gallerists as they were separated out from the bulk of the fair which was housed in three sound stages borrowed for the weekend. Great photography was on offer.


Some of our favorites were:


In a solo show Kota Ezawa displays the history of photography through different aspects of materiality using cut-out imagery. He showcases it with transparency lightboxes in this instance.


Kota Ezawa, Untitled Film Still, 2012, Duratrans transparency & lightbox



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L.A. art fair Fall 2012

Posted on April 01, 2013

Art Platform Los Angeles debuted for a second time in a new space: better location, better parking and...Despite L.A.'s feared "Carmageddon" weekend, crowds managed to flock to the Barker Hangar to see what was on display.


Alejandro Diaz, 2012, edition of 5

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L.A. Fairs October 2011

Posted on March 21, 2013


The fall season is a call to the west coast...both for tag-arts and for some art fairs. Tag-arts has picked up and moved to sunny California...just in time. PULSE had their debut in L.A. this month along with Art Platform-Los Angeles, a new contemporary and modern art fair bringing together local and international artists, dealers, collectors, museums, and art enthusiasts that play important roles in the vibrant Southern California art community.

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Miami Art Fair Review December 2011

Posted on March 21, 2013

The American Dream was in full force! Thousands flocked to Miami this year for the annual "See and Be Seen" art fairs that took place the first week in December. Art Basel and its satellites logged record-breaking crowds, proving that art buying is once again on the rise - not affected one bit by our struggling economy. Contrary to years past, the art itself however seemed subdued and mature, elegant and less edgy....no big political statements this year...no outrageous show-stoppers, except for...


American Dream #5, Robert Indiana

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New York art fair review Spring 2010

Posted on March 21, 2013

Every Spring, artists, galleries, critics, collectors and curators from all over the world gather in New York to visit and participate in the art fairs. The ADAA Art Show, Scope, Pulse and Armory Show were just a few of the art fairs contributing to the buzz about town. The largest of the fairs is the Armory Show that took up two piers at the West Side Passenger Ship Terminal. The largest fair in its 12-year history proved to be a huge success, with exhibitors reporting multiple sales and record-breaking crowds filling the piers. Renewed confidence in the art market was obvious in the many sold-out booths and the high attendance numbers: 60,000 visitors up from last year's number of 56,000.

We visited all of the fairs and saw several artists with interesting work. Below are just a few highlights.


James Casebere's newest photographs are of architectural models that he builds himself. They are spiritual and silent, devoid of any people or activity, like the aftermath of some catastrophe. For the last thirty years, Casebere has been devising increasingly complex set-ups in his studio. His work is currently included in the Whitney Biennial exhibit.

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Miami art fair review January 2009

Posted on March 21, 2013

After running through twenty-two fairs, sifting through throngs of people (although not as many as last year), observing subdued buying and seeing lots of Obama-inspired art, here are some artists we found that were interesting and "affordable."


Scottish-born New York artist Rory Donaldson manages to stretch his photographs with a digital process pulling the central subject to all four corners of the image, creating large blocks of color. Donaldson tends to focus on big-city icons, such as subway platforms, traffic intersections, or graffiti-marked doors and walls. These stripes of pure color force the viewer to observe the perspective and study of depth emanating from within.

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New York art fairs round-up April 2008

Posted on March 21, 2013

new york art fairs round-up

A few weeks ago, New York City played host to a number of art fairs kicking off the new Spring season. Here are our top picks of artists to watch:



Ivana Brenner is a young South American artist who lives and works in Buenos Aires. Her work lies somewhere between sculpture and painting as she uses solidified paint to create her tactile three-dimensional pieces.

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Ten artists from the 2007 Miami art fairs

Posted on March 20, 2013

We spent five days in early December searching for new ideas. Four museums, nine art fairs, 1200 galleries and thousands of works of art later, we have listed below ten artists that interest us.


Jacob Hashimoto uses Japanese rice paper, acrylic, nylon and bamboo rods to create mobile-like 3 dimensional wall hangings.

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