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Coming to Power (Again): A 1993 Exhibition of Sexually Explicit Feminist Art Still Resonates   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Pnina Jalon Armour, Lynda Benglis, Judith Bernstein, Louise Bourgeois, Ellen Cantor, Patricia Cronin, Mary Beth Edelson, Nicole Eisenman, Nancy Fried, Nan Goldin, Nancy Grossman, G.B. Jones, Doris Kloster, Joyce Kozloff, Zoe Leonard, Monica Majoli, Marilyn Minter, Alice Neel, Lorraine O'Grady, Yoko Ono, Carolee Schneemann, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Nancy Spero, Hannah Wilke at Maccarone (Morton Street) September 9th, 2016 - October 16th, 2016
Posted 9/23/16
Entering Maccarone Gallery on the evening of the opening for , almost felt like walking into a reunion. This is possibly because the exhibition is a restaging of a 1993 show curated by Ellen Cantor at the then brand new David Zwirner Gallery, but also because there is a level of communal excitement that goes beyond the usual group show fervor. It’s an excitement indicative of the unprecedented effort on the part of Maccarone and six other New York institutions in celebrating the life and work... [more]
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Flipping the Gaze: How Do Women Artists Look at Men?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Berenice Abbott, Ellen Altfest, Ghada Amer, Diane Arbus, Gina Beavers, Lynda Benglis, Huma Bhabha, Louise Bourgeois, Katherine Bradford, Cecily Brown, Kathe Burkhart, Lois Dodd, Marlene Dumas, Tracey Emin, Katy Grannan, Grace Graupe-Pillard, EJ Hauser, Celia Hempton, Jenny Holzer, Chantal Joffe, Sarah Lucas, Catherine Murphy, Alice Neel, Catherine Opie, Collier Schorr, Dana Schutz, Joan Semmel, Cindy Sherman, Sylvia Sleigh, Betty Tompkins, Nicole Wittenberg, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Cheim & Read June 23rd, 2016 - August 31st, 2016
Posted 8/15/16
In 2009, Cheim & Read hung the provocative group show  Women Look at Women, which showcased women artists taking control of their own images. In an encore presentation this summer, women artists turn their gaze this time toward men, reversing one of art’s most long-standing power structures. The Female Gaze Part II: Women Look at Men brings together work from 32 artists, all utilizing the subject of men, or the male body, as a way to confront, or even turn the tables on the Male Gaze, which... [more]
Walking down the nonlinear streets in Downtown’s Arts District, Traction Avenue looks about the same today as it did two weeks ago, but it’s changed a lot from how it looked last summer, when I first reported on the gentrification and development of the area.  Storefronts and tenants continue to shuffle—the retail space 12345 once occupied has sat empty with a “For Lease” sign in its window since August; District Gallery is gone; Traction Avenue Gallery closed down a few months back. And these... [more]
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Female Artists and the Museum: Visibility, Iconography, and Legacy   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Eleanor Antin, Judith Francisca Baca, Louise Bourgeois, Ligia Bouton, Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Angela Ellsworth, Micol Hebron, Eva Hesse, Nancy Wilson Kitchel, Ana Mendieta, Faith Ringgold, Juane Quick-to See-Smith, Pat Steir, May Stevens, Beatrice Wood at New Mexico Museum of Art September 11th, 2015 - January 17th, 2016
Posted 9/29/15
New Mexico enjoys—or sometimes suffers from—a number of artworld stereotypes and iconic images. This is a good thing, as it draws many people to this very special, out-of-the way place. But images of western landscapes and traditional Native American pottery looms so large in popular consciousness, that the whole other-world of contemporary artists working in Santa Fe, and the Southwest in general, can be overshadowed or obscured completely. This is not at all to diminish the value of these... [more]
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Ode by a star-struck aficionada   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois at Faurschou Foundation (Beijing) October 27th, 2012 - March 24th, 2013
Posted 4/7/13
Wandering through the colorfully gay labyrinths of 798 – by far, the foremost art district in Beijing – on a chilly January afternoon, I stumble onto a grey building, quite out of sync with its neighboring galleries and museums that shine in colourful resplendence. This, however, is it – my pilgrim spot – the Faurschou Foundation, Beijing. Inside its grim and non-glamorous exterior, it is housing an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’s works – for the first time in China, curated by the artist’s... [more]
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REVIEW from Sixty Inches From Center: Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black in White   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Richard Artschwager, Louise Bourgeois, Adam Brooks, Marlene Dumas, Félix González-Torres, Barbara Kruger, Glen Ligon, Raymond Pettibon, Howardena Pindell, Ad Reinhardt, Kara Walker at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) November 10th, 2012 - April 28th, 2013
Posted 3/16/13
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Curator Naomi Beckwith’s latest exhibition, Color Bind: The MCA Collection in Black and White, currently on view through April 28, is a dynamic and engaging mix of works from the MCA’s collection. Conceived from the examination of the formal, conceptual and sociopolitical ideas associated with the colors of black and white, the exhibition provides viewers with the opportunity to reflect upon their own attitudes toward and notions of these contrapositive... [more]
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Art is an exorcism   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois at Freud Museum London March 8th, 2012 - May 27th, 2012
Posted 3/10/12
It's difficult to imagine an artist better suited to the Freud Museum than Louise Bourgeois, confessional art's first real practitioner. Her favourite sculpture, Janus Fleuri, hangs from the ceiling of the psychoanalyst’s study, a work she describes as a kind of self-portrait, a practicing therapist's screaming nightmare – Fleuri is a tumour-like jumble of male and female parts, an un-erotic terratoma that droops from its bonds like a half-dead larva. Upstairs, a Lucasian cluster of felted,... [more]
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Muse in the Mirror   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Maya Deren, María Izquierdo, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline Lamba, Helen Lundeberg, Lee Miller, Kay SAGE, Janet Sobel, Dorothea Tanning, Bridget Tichenor, Remedios Varo at LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art January 29th, 2012 - May 6th, 2012
Posted 2/7/12
A painter, draftsman, sculptor, and later, a writer of fiction and poetry. The accomplished Dorothea Tanning, before her death at the age of 101 last Tuesday, saw the success of the suffragists, the emergence of the avant-garde, the fall-out of two world wars, the civil rights movement and just perhaps, the slow transformation in the world at large of her obligatory title as a “woman artist”—a moniker she reportedly detested—to simply, “artist.” Currently at LACMA, the exhibition... [more]
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To Create is to Resist   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Hélène Amouzou, Élodie Antoine, Bachelot/Caron, Lucile Bertrand, Annick Blavier, Louise Bourgeois, Anne de Gelas, Jérôme Giller and Nolwenn Dequiedt, Felten/Masinger, Anne Fontenelle, Filip Francis, Pélagie Gbaguidi, Michel Hannique, Anne Lefebvre, Daniel Locus, Sandrine Lopez, Karinne Marenne, Patricia and Marie-France Martin, Cécile Massart, Kumi Oguro, Kevin Reynaert, Bob Verschueren, Bernard Villers, Dorothée Wycart at LE MUSEE D'IXELLES June 16th, 2011 - September 4th, 2011
Posted 8/27/11
NON, PAS CE SOIRPublishing house celebrates its 10th anniversary. The Museum of Ixelles and la trame publishing are offering a selection of works from artists who have featured in publications such as Frontière, le temps, le’engagement, la puissance de l’inertie, and non, pas ce soir. These artists are known and to be known, Belgian and from abroad, artists, photographers and film-makers: Hélène Amouzou, Élodie Antoine, Bachelot/Caron, Lucile Bertrand, Annick Blavier, Louise Bourgeois,... [more]
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Beneath the Veil   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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ORLAN, Wejdan Almannai, Kutlug Ataman, Chant Avedissian, Lara Baladi, Rina Banerjee, Louise Bourgeois, Hussein Chalayan, Gabriele Corni, Nezaket Ekici, Lalla Essaydi, Lamya Gargash, Ghadaamer, Shadi Ghadirian, Maimouna Guerresi, Mona Hatoum, Hayv Kahraman, Leora Laor, Youssef Nabil, Shirin Neshat, Pipilotti Rist, Lin Tianmiao, Joana Vasconcelos, Arlette Vermeiren, Jan Zwart at Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation March 11th, 2011 - September 25th, 2011
Posted 7/23/11
Rituals, wigs, scarves, make-up and so many other constraints determined the life of women for Centuries, between concealment, unveiling and revealing. From the inferiority of women’s status in certain of yesterday’s and today’s societies, to the liberation of women, from their dissimulation behind various models of veils and clothes (veil, scarf, abaya, burqa, chadri, haik, hijab, jilbeb, khimar, niqab, chador,…), to the destitution shown in the media: what are the realities and the... [more]
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Group Show   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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ORLAN, Wejdan Almannai, Kutlug Ataman, Chant Avedissian, Lara Baladi, Rina Banerjee, Louise Bourgeois, Hussein Chalayan, Gabriele Corni, Nezaket Ekici, Lalla Essaydi, Lamya Gargash, Ghadaamer, Shadi Ghadirian, Maimouna Guerresi, Mona Hatoum, Hayv Kahraman, Leora Laor, Youssef Nabil, Shirin Neshat, Pipilotti Rist, Lin Tianmiao, Joana Vasconcelos, Arlette Vermeiren, Jan Zwart at Villa Empain - Boghossian Foundation March 11th, 2011 - September 25th, 2011
Posted 7/23/11
Rituals, wigs, scarves, make-up and so many other constraints determined the life of women for Centuries, between concealment, unveiling and revealing. From the inferiority of women’s status in certain of yesterday’s and today’s societies, to the liberation of women, from their dissimulation behind various models of veils and clothes (veil, scarf, abaya, burqa, chadri, haik, hijab, jilbeb, khimar, niqab, chador,…), to the destitution shown in the media: what are the realities and the... [more]
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Adel Abdessemed, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, David Altmejd, Francis Alÿs, Mamma Andersson, Louise Bourgeois, Michael Brown, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Maureen Gallace, Isa Genzken, Robert Gober, Mona Hatoum, Toba Khedoori, Charles LeDray, Thomas Ruff, Gregor Schneider, Luc Tuymans, Jeff Wall, Rachel Whiteread at David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th July 7th, 2011 - August 5th, 2011
Posted 7/17/11
Taking inspiration from Emily Dickenson’s poem of the same name, “The House Without the Door” considers the idea of home as emotionally complicated rather than safe, secure and comforting. Eighteen artists including Mamma Andersson, Louise Bourgeois, Philip-Lorca di Corcia, Luc Tuymans, and Rachel Whiteread use painting, sculpture, installation, and photography to examine the multiple meanings of home with the understanding that home is not only where the heart is, or where comfort and... [more]
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Contemporary Collection   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Dieter Appelt, Erika Blumenfeld, Louise Bourgeois, Sarah Charlesworth, Constance DeJong, Eddie Dominguez, Eva Hesse, Tom Joyce, Sol LeWitt, Agnes Martin, Ana Mendieta, Delilah Montoya, Bruce Nauman, Larry Poons, Peter Sarkisian, Peter Voulkos, Joel-Peter Witkin, Meridel Rubenstein and Ellen Zweig at New Mexico Museum of Art November 19th, 2010 - March 20th, 2011
Posted 1/16/11
      will present a number of thematic points of entry into the New Mexico Museum of Art’s contemporary collection. A selections show that includes ceramics, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and video, Case Studies considers the disparate hubs of war, figuration, seriality, materiality, and the containment of nature, among other themes, as part of the constellation of work that constitutes the contemporary collection under the fictitious guise of a Bureau of Contemporary... [more]
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Fragments and Hangings   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois at Hauser & Wirth (Savile Row) October 15th, 2010 - December 18th, 2010
Posted 11/14/10
        Fabric has an amazing ability to capture memories. When I was growing up, I had a duvet cover patterned with pastel clouds and scenes of fields, and I loved its peaceful colours and tranquil scenes. Two weeks ago my birthday boosted me painfully up into the 25 to 34 age bracket, and yet whenever I go home and find that, now faded, duvet on my old single bed, it reminds me of the cosy safety of childhood. The emotive power of fabric is at the core of Louise Bourgeois’ oeuvre, just... [more]
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The Surreal House   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dali, Maya Deren, Marcel Duchamp, Alberto Giacometti, Rebecca Horn, Edward Kienholz, Rem Koolhaas, René Magritte, Man Ray at Barbican Art Gallery June 10th, 2010 - September 12th, 2010
Posted 7/11/10
          'A means toward the total liberation of the mind and everything that resembles it.' Declaration of The Bureau of Surrealist Research, 27th January 1925. The way we live, the curious blurring of real circumstances with the flux of an internal world: of longings, dreams, and secret chambers. These fascinating lines of enquiry form the exhibition at Barbican Art Gallery, 'The Surrealist House' , curated by Jane Alison, Alona Pardo, Eleanor Nairne and Léa-Catherine Szacke. The... [more]
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Scandalous! Subversive! Transgressive!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Marina Abramovic, Jose Alvarez, Susan Anderson, L.C. Armstrong, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Andy Avini, Natalia Benedetti, Lynda Benglis, Louise Bourgeois, Isaac Brest, Nancy Brooks, Brody Carolyn Carr, Michael Combs, Will Cotton, Heather Cox, Martin Creed, E.V. Day, Peter Dayton, Stephen Dean, Yandin DeFay, Wim Delvoye, Jonny Detiger, Michele Oka Doner, Louise Erhard, Phillip Estlund, Margaret Evangeline, Alesha Fiandaca, Arlene Florence, Dana Funaro, Doyle Hancock, David Haxton, Mary Heilmann, Lee Hovnanian, Airan Kang, Marina Karella, Deborah Kass, Richard Klein, Kinke Kooi, Lee Krasner, Jason Kraus, Sang Kyoon, Rachel Lachowicz, Cary Leibowitz, Zane Lewis, Tim Liddy, Dylan Lynch, Burton Machen, Helen Marden, Will Ryman Martin, Paul McCarthy, John McCracken, Patrick McMullan, Jason Middlebrook, Christopher Milne, Marilyn Minter, Maynard Monrow, Takashi Murakami, Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe Nelson, Ruby Neri, Saar Noh, Jen O'Malley, Vincent Olinet, Camilo Ontiveros, William Pagano, Kembra Pfahler, Jack Pierson, Randy Polumbo, Nir Hod Rachel, Pipilotti Rist, Kathy Rudin, David Schafer, Frank Selby, Bruce Sherman, Hunt Slonem, Spinski Steven & William George Stoll, Kirsten Stoltmann, Hallonquist Trenton, Juan Usle, John Sonsini Victor, Bob Wade, Debora Warner, John Waters, Rob Wynne, Liu Ye at Gavlak February 13th, 2010 - April 4th, 2010
Posted 3/10/10
        Of course nobody’s shocked anymore. Well…maybe a few of the oldest of Old Guard Palm Beachers. Worth Avenue, their Via Condotti-like turf has suffered some bone-chilling temperatures recently, and then there are those stock market reversals. If that’s not shock enough, along comes the Gavlak Gallery to heat things all the way up to sizzling with Think Pink, a new show curated by formidable New York collector, curator and art-party hostess, Beth Rudin DeWoody. Sarah Gavlak, a... [more]
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The Sensuousness of Paper   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Josef Albers, Pierrette Bloch, Louise Bourgeois, James Brown, Jonathan Callan, Tony Cragg, Alexander Gorlizki, Gotthard Graubner, Henri Michaux, Norbert Prangenberg, Gideon Rubin, Carole Seborovski, Louis Soutter, Ding Yi, Wu Yiming at Galerie Karsten Greve January 10th, 2009 - March 4th, 2009
Posted 1/31/09
        Among some of the delights in this group show at Galerie Karsten Greve are five new oil on cardboard paintings and two ink on transparent Chinese paper works from 1983 by German artist Norbert Prangenberg. Whether Prangenberg is working in clay, oil, even watercolor, his works stand out for the intensity of their tactility. The paintings, with their thick build up of abbreviated brushstrokes, make me want to run my hands across their surface and indulge in their physical... [more]
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In Focus: The Destruction of the Father (1974)   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. October 26th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 11/2/08
I have always wanted to see this piece in person. When photographed, it seems so huge, but in actuality it is an intimate size. To me, this piece and the narrative around it, is one of Louise Bourgeois’ most important and telling pieces. It speaks very much of her deep interest in psychoanalysis, her personal history and her unique technical abilities and style.Louise describes the narrative of this piece as “The children grabbed him [the father] and put him on the table. And he became the... [more]
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Louise Bourgeois at MOCA   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) at Grand Ave. October 26th, 2008 - January 25th, 2009
Posted 11/2/08
She truly is the "oldest of young artists, and the youngest of old artists" as Frances Morris , head of collections at the Tate and curator of the exhibition says. Bourgeois' work blurs the lines between modern and contemporary art in a very unusual way. Her vertical sculptures resemble modern sculpture (influenced heavily by African art), like that of Giacometti or Picasso, her bronzes and marble pieces reference the modern sculpture of her contemporaries like Constantine Brancusi, and her... [more]
With the Louise Bourgeois exhibition up at MOCA in Los Angeles, I cannot think of anything else.  I heard that Louise's assistant, Jerry Gorovoy, was in town helping with the exhibition and I started wondering more and more about what occurs in Louise's studio.  Jerry was already back in New York by the time I could get ahold of anyone, but Wendy Williams, the manager of the Louise Bourgeois Studio was so kind as to answer some of my burning questions over email. Sasha Bergstrom-Katz: As a... [more]
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Still Echoes   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Louise Bourgeois at Cheim & Read September 9th, 2008 - November 1st, 2008
Posted 10/12/08
The blurb in the calls Louise Bourgeois’ latest show at Cheim and Read a coda to the exhibition conceived by the Tate Modern, which traveled to Europe and the Guggenheim, New York. For me, the series of haunting sculptures and gouaches were a continuation of my experience of the larger retrospective. However, Bourgeois’ work has a tendency to emphasize isolation, usually of the human condition, but it is an isolation echoed in sculptures and two dimensional works themselves. Even for the... [more]
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Puppets!   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Guy Ben-Ner, Nayland Blake, Louise Bourgeois, Maurizio Cattelan, Anne Chu, Nathalie Djurberg, Terence Gower, Dan Graham, Christian Jankowski, Mike Kelley, William Kentridge, Survival Research Laboratory, Cindy Loehr, Paul McCarthy, Annette Messager, Matt Mullican, Bruce Nauman, Dennis Oppenheim, Philippe Parreno, Thomas Schütte, Laurie Simmons, Doug Skinner, Kiki Smith, Michael Smith, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Kara Walker, Charlie White at Santa Monica Museum of Art May 24th, 2008 - August 9th, 2008
Posted 6/14/08
Puppets, puppetry and the like are often relegated to being an obscure subgenre of the theater or sometimes of the art world but the exhibition, currently on view at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, points out the fact that puppets frequently infiltrate popular culture and bring along with them issues that loom large like agency, control, miniaturization and manipulation. These issues are explored by a wide range of internationally recognized artists who have created work that incorporates the... [more]
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