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Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global Ocula Conversation Almine Rech-Picasso Goes Global

French gallerist Almine Rech-Picasso opened her first space in Asia on Shanghai's historic Bund in July this year, bringing her eponymous gallery's total locations to five. The Shanghai gallery occupies roughly 4,000 square feet on the second floor of the three-storey Amber Building, a beautiful warehouse space, originally occupied by the Central...

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From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut Ocula Report From the Gallery to the Streets: Home Works 8 in Beirut 8 Nov 2019 : Nat Muller for Ocula

There's an inside joke amongst the team of Ashkal Alwan, The Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts: that every time an edition of its biennial forum on cultural practices is planned, a national crisis happens. The eighth edition of Home Works was no different: it opened on 17 October amidst the most devastating wildfires that Lebanon had witnessed...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings Related Press Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings Apollo Magazine : 4 November 2019

Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Rachel Whiteread, Gerhard Richter. These may not be names that spring to mind when you think of the British Museum, but they all have work filed away in its extensive archive of prints and drawings. 'Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now' lifts a lid on a lesser-known collection at a museum renowned...

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Five Turner winners call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties with BP Related Press Five Turner winners call on National Portrait Gallery to cut ties with BP The Guardian : 5 July 2019

Five winners of the Turner prize are demanding an end to BP's sponsorship of the National Portrait Gallery, stepping up the campaign against big oil's involvement in the arts.Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread, Anish Kapoor, Gillian Wearing and Mark Wallinger are among a group of almost 80 leading artists, including winners of the BP portrait award,...

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Sculptor Anish Kapoor Blasts NRA’s ‘Nightmarish Vision’ Related Press Sculptor Anish Kapoor Blasts NRA’s ‘Nightmarish Vision’ Frieze : 13 March 2018

In 2017, the National Rifle Association in the US broadcast a controversial video advertisement, 'The Clenched Fist of Truth', which warns of liberal America's threat to freedom. In it, a brief scene details Anish Kapoor's 2004 steel doughnut-like sculpture Cloud Gate at Chicago's Millennium Park. Now the artist has released an open letter in which...

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One of the world’s greatest sculptors warns America about the NRA Related Press One of the world’s greatest sculptors warns America about the NRA The Washington Post : 12 March 2018

Last year, the National Rifle Association released its now infamous 'The Clenched Fist of Truth' video in which a brief clip of Anish Kapoor's sculpture 'Cloud Gate' appeared as a stand-in for Chicago and the city's most famous recent resident, Barack Obama. As NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch chanted in a hypnotically angry voice, 'they use their...

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Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios Related Press Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor and Marina Abramović lead major new exhibition Everything At Once at Store Studios The Vinyl Factory : 8 September 2017

This October, Store Studios will host Everything At Once, an extensive off-site exhibition featuring 24 artists currently shown at Lisson Gallery in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

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Who’s behind art’s dark little secret, Vantablack? Related Press Who’s behind art’s dark little secret, Vantablack? GQ : 4 August 2017

Last spring, in central London, the Science Museum exhibited a face that no one could see. This was not a prank, or some form of psychological concept writ large, but an actual face, a bust around 20cm high and 8cm wide that didn't much look like a face, because it didn't much look like anything at all. Sitting in a glass box, in a space that sat...

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Anish Kapoor causes a stir in New York Related Press Anish Kapoor causes a stir in New York Apollo Magazine : 5 July 2017

When a local art group lures an international superstar like Ai Weiwei to its birthday celebrations, that's impressive. New York's Public Art Fund (PAF) has done just that to celebrate 40 years of commissioning artists to make site-specific pieces for New Yorkers to enjoy. Returning to the city this month, Ai Weiwei says: 'I never expected this...

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Across New York, a Summertime Tour of Public Art Related Press Across New York, a Summertime Tour of Public Art The New York Times : 29 June 2017

A paradox: In an age when privacy has dwindled, public space seems to be atrophying too. Your phone tracks your every move, your most intimate data are logged for eternity, and yet increasingly, the civic squares in which you snap your selfie—and which define urban life—are not precisely public after all. In New York, more than 500...

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A Hole Beyond Measure: Anish Kapoor on His Watery New 'Descension' and the Intersection of Meaning and Not-Meaning Related Press A Hole Beyond Measure: Anish Kapoor on His Watery New 'Descension' and the Intersection of Meaning and Not-Meaning ARTnews : 25 May 2017

As part of its 40th-anniversary celebration, the Public Art Fund has brought Anish Kapoor back to New York City. Eleven years ago, the artist's Sky Mirror became something of a tourist destination when the Public Art Fund installed it at Rockefeller Center. This time around, his work Descension, a continually spiraling whirlpool, has been sunk into...

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'The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence' from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum collection: a transcultural perspective on art since the 1960s Related Press 'The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence' from the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi museum collection: a transcultural perspective on art since the 1960s Art Radar Journal : 15 May 2017

The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence brings together over 18 artists from the 1960s until now. Held at the Manarat Al Saadiyat Cultural District in Abu Dhabi, the second exhibition from the collection brings together more than 25 artworks ranging from installations to works on paper and paintings.

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Great art in the great outdoors Related Press Great art in the great outdoors Victoria Stapley-Brown : 3 May 2017

Spring has sprung—and with it a fresh crop of public and outdoor art projects across New York. This is a special year for such work as it is the 40th anniversary of the Public Art Fund, a non-profit body founded in 1977 by Doris C. Freedman—New York's first director of cultural affairs—with the aim of turning the city into an open...

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The best shows in town Related Press The best shows in town The Art Newspaper : 2 May 2017

To celebrate the non-profit public art organisation's 40th anniversary, the Indian-born British artist has brought a work from his 2015 solo show at the Palace of Versailles to New York: a 26-ft- diameter pool of spiralling dark liquid that will be installed next to the East River. The 'continuously swirling mass converges in a central vortex, as...

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Anish Kapoor at Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome Related Press Anish Kapoor at Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome Art Asia Pacific : 6 April 2017

Renowned Indian-born, British artist Anish Kapoor has expanded the definition of contemporary sculpture with immersive and enigmatic abstract pieces that engage both the phenomenological and unconscious aspects of human experience. Kapoor had a cosmopolitan upbringing that infused his work with a syncretic mix of Western and Eastern culture and...

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Artists Launch Global Art Project to Confront the Rise of Right-Wing Populism Related Press Artists Launch Global Art Project to Confront the Rise of Right-Wing Populism Art Forum : 27 February 2017

More than two hundred artists, musicians, writers, and arts professionals from forty countries have pledged to take part in Hands Off Our Revolution, a global art project that will organize a series of exhibitions and other programming to confront the rise of right-wing populism around the world.

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Anish Kapoor Is Bringing a Giant Whirlpool to Brooklyn Related Press Anish Kapoor Is Bringing a Giant Whirlpool to Brooklyn Creators : 18 February 2017

Descension, a massive land-locked whirlpool conceived by art star sculptor Anish Kapoor, is headed to Brooklyn this spring. Commissioned by the Public Art Fund, the abyssal installation will be installed at Dumbo's Brooklyn Bridge Park on May 3, its first appearance in North America.

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Anish Kapoor Announced Genesis Prize Laureate 2017 Related Press Anish Kapoor Announced Genesis Prize Laureate 2017 ArtAsiaPacific : 11 February 2017

On February 5, the New-York based Genesis Prize Foundation announced sculptor Anish Kapoor as its 2017 Genesis Prize Laureate. The annual award recognizes internationally renowned professionals who inspire and engage with the Jewish community and comes with a cash prize of USD 1 million. Previous winners—New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg...

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A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls Related Press A Certain Kind of Light review – let there be mirror balls The Guardian : 29 January 2017

A show about light: a light show – what might a curator put in? Just about all art concerned with making the world visible in some sense speaks of light, the very condition in which it was made.

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10 Places to See Public Art in 2017 Related Press 10 Places to See Public Art in 2017 The New York Times : 26 January 2017

Redwood City, CaliforniaA benevolent pirate ship is about to settle in Redwood City, thanks to the curator Lance Fung. Instead of looters, the artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov’s large-scale boat installation (with the word 'IMAGINE' nearby) will bring a new emphasis on public art to the area. Fung — who is best known for curating a show of...

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The two Frieze fairs in London: One for billionaires, one for up-and-coming art Related Press The two Frieze fairs in London: One for billionaires, one for up-and-coming art Whitewall Magazine : 10 October 2016

In same the week as the two Frieze fairs are taking place, no fewer than three separate French galleries launch in London. Almine Rech, who already owns galleries in Paris, Brussels and London, has opened her second, large space (500 square-meters) in the British capital. “Collectors here are more active than in Paris,” she commented....

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Giant in the bathhouse: Anish Kapoor, downsized Related Press Giant in the bathhouse: Anish Kapoor, downsized Metropolis : 7 October 2016

If you don’t pay attention while walking through the streets of downtown Yanaka on your way to SCAI the Bathhouse, you might very well miss it, just like I did. The sloped roof of the contemporary art gallery blends into the traditional architecture of the neighborhood, and there’s even a water tank outside that hints at the...

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Anish Kapoor reflects on Korea's maturing art identity, as Kukje Gallery leads the charge Related Press Anish Kapoor reflects on Korea's maturing art identity, as Kukje Gallery leads the charge Wallpaper* : 26 September 2016

Anish Kapoor isn’t South Korean, but his latest group of convex-mirrored 'non-object' towers now on view at Seoul’s Kukje Gallery may reflect more than selfie opportunities. 'This whole context of what’s going on in Korea is quite interesting,' says the British sculptor, who protests 'artists are not pop...

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Fall art shows in full swing Related Press Fall art shows in full swing The Korea Herald : 8 September 2016

A strong lineup of art shows are being offered this fall, more so than other seasons.With two big biennale events – the Gwangju Biennale and Busan Biennale – kicking off last week, major Korean museums and galleries have opened a plethora of exhibitions to attract the influx of international art professionals and local art lovers.

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5 international biennials and triennials not to miss around Asia in Fall 2016 Related Press 5 international biennials and triennials not to miss around Asia in Fall 2016 Art Radar Journal : 31 August 2016

From the 7th edition of Korea’s Busan Biennale to Japan’s new Triennial the Okayama Art Summit, these five international events will provide thoughtful reflection on new and refreshing curatorial practices in the context of the Biennale infrastructure.

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Isolde is a 'feminine force' in Anish Kapoor’s sculptural perspective of 'Tristan and Isolde' Related Press Isolde is a 'feminine force' in Anish Kapoor’s sculptural perspective of 'Tristan and Isolde' It's Nice That : 28 June 2016

World renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor has joined forces with director Daniel Kramer and conductor Edward Gardner in a new production of Richard Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde. The ENO plays host to Kapoor’s monumental set design, which features striking colours and bold shapes. Wagner’s operatic masterpiece tells the legend of Tristan...

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Switched on: Tate Modern unveils its towering extension, aiming to expand its mission and rewrite art history Related Press Switched on: Tate Modern unveils its towering extension, aiming to expand its mission and rewrite art history ARTNews : 16 June 2016

Tate Modern on Tuesday unveiled to the press its hotly anticipated £260 million ($375 million) expansion, the most significant new cultural building in Britain since the landmark opening in 2000 of its home in a power station–turned–art powerhouse on the banks of the river Thames.Resembling a twisted pyramid cloaked in...

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China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 Related Press China’s Yinchuan City to host its first biennale in September 2016 e-flux : 1 June 2016

Madam Liu, Director of Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan (MOCA Yinchuan), announced today that the museum will hold its first biennale. To be curated by internationally acclaimed artist, curator and co-founder of Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Bose Krishnamachari, the exhibition will be held from September 9 to December 18, 2016 on the premises of MOCA...

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Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle review - the joy of life in the round Related Press Seeing Round Corners: The Art of the Circle review - the joy of life in the round The Guardian : 29 May 2016

A circle is itself, pure and simple, but a world of other things too: a bubble, an eye, a planet, the sun. Casually drawn on a scrap of paper, it can be a hole, a halo, a ring or the Earth itself. Since the dawn of mankind we have been looking with wonder at the full moon in the night sky and the coloured discs in each other’s eyes. The lure...

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Tunnel vision: Carsten Höller adds record-breaking slide to Anish Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit Related Press Tunnel vision: Carsten Höller adds record-breaking slide to Anish Kapoor's ArcelorMittal Orbit Wallpaper* : 1 May 2016

Is it a slide... is it a work of art? Or is it a lucrative rescue mission for London’s very expensive Olympic artistic legacy?'I really like the dirtiness of it and the confusion it creates,' says Carsten Höller, 'that you don’t really know what it is, but that it truly creates a unique experience.'The artist is...

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Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. Related Press Unlimited section at Art Basel in Basel to include El Anatsui, Stan Douglas et al. ARTNews : 29 April 2016

Unlimited, the Art Basel platform allotted for large-scale and unconventional artworks, will be showing a record 88 projects from participating galleries this year. Gianni Jetzer, curator-at-large at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, is heading the section for the fifth year in a row.

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Anish Kapoor gets exclusive rights to the world’s darkest pigment Related Press Anish Kapoor gets exclusive rights to the world’s darkest pigment Hyperallergic : 1 March 2016

Anish Kapoor now owns the exclusive rights to the world’s darkest material — a claim that, naturally, is pissing off other artists. The pigment is the very sexy Vantablack, known as the blackest black out there — much blacker than a panther swimming in a tarpit, the Ayam Cemani, or your wardrobe during your middle school goth...

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Mirror maze: our reflections on Mexico City's Zona Maco art fair Related Press Mirror maze: our reflections on Mexico City's Zona Maco art fair Wallpaper : 10 February 2016

The preview of the 12th edition of the annual Zona Maco contemporary art fair kicked off yesterday at Mexico City's Centro Banamex convention centre with a host of eye-raising newcomers like Gagosian Gallery and Venus Over Manhattan (which made its debut with an elegant curation of Calder mobiles and stabiles); while heavy hitters like David...

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Busan Biennale 2016 announces Yun Cheagab as new Artistic Director Related Press Busan Biennale 2016 announces Yun Cheagab as new Artistic Director Art Radar : 25 November 2015

The Busan Biennale Organizing Committee convened on 11 November 2015 after considering the candidacy of eight influential curators from across the world for the role of Artistic Director of the next Busan Biennale, starting in September 2016. The choice fell on fellow national Yun Cheagab, currently Director of How Art Museum in Wenzhou and...

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Anish Kapoor is right to be livid about China stealing his big Bean sculpture Related Press Anish Kapoor is right to be livid about China stealing his big Bean sculpture The Guardian : 14 August 2015

There isn’t much room for ambiguity. It is clearly Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, the bulbous monument in Chicago known as the Bean, whose shiny metal surface reflects the sky in ever-changing ways.

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Anish Kapoor's Black Whirlpool Endlessly Spins at Galleria Continua Related Press Anish Kapoor's Black Whirlpool Endlessly Spins at Galleria Continua Designboom : 1 June 2015

Anish Kapoor returns to Italy with ‘Descension’, infilling San Gimignano’s Galleria Continua with specially conceived installations and artworks for the gallery’s vast former cinema and theatre space. Amongst a series of new sculptures in Alabaster, a collection of work in stainless steel and large-scale, fiberglass...

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Trauma and tranquility: Anish Kapoor and minimalist Lee Ufan take over London's Lisson Gallery Related Press Trauma and tranquility: Anish Kapoor and minimalist Lee Ufan take over London's Lisson Gallery Wallpaper* : 6 April 2015

An impressive double header opened at London's Lisson Gallery yesterday with new shows from Anish Kapoor and Korean minimalist Lee Ufan. More than thirty years on from his first exhibition at the gallery, Kapoor presents new giant resin and silicon pieces - not for the squeamish - that blur the boundary between sculpture and painting and look,...

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Light shows and pink feathers: how Art Basel 2015 took over Hong Kong Related Press Light shows and pink feathers: how Art Basel 2015 took over Hong Kong Wallpaper Magazine : 18 March 2015

Art Basel swept into Hong Kong this week sparking a creativity frenzy that spread well beyond the 233 galleries showing in the city’s monolithic convention centre as everyone from up-and-coming young local designers to international galleries and fashion designers jumped on for the ride.

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Anish Kapoor Gets A Solo Show In Versailles Related Press Anish Kapoor Gets A Solo Show In Versailles Artinfo / 23 December 2014 : 28 December 2014

The sculptor Anish Kapoor, no stranger to grandeur, has been awarded a one-man show at the Château de Versailles, reports the New York Times. The show, running from June through October 2015, will follow similar shows in the same space by Takashi Murakami, Joana Vasconcelos, and Jeff Koons. The latter drew criticism from ultra-conservative circles...

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Paving The Way For Artists Related Press Paving The Way For Artists Lee Woo-young for the Korea Herald / 5 December 2014 : 10 December 2014

On display in the private office of Lee Hyun-sook on the top floor of her gallery in Seoul are items from some of the most significant contemporary exhibitions in Korea over the last couple of years.The small space overlooking Gyeongbokgung Palace is ultramodern, with a sculpture by Anish Kapoor, a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat and a glass...

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India'S Most Expensive Contemporary Artists Related Press India'S Most Expensive Contemporary Artists C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia for The Culture Trip India / November 2014 : 18 November 2014

Art from the Subcontinent has gained popularity in the past decade, with prices for contemporary artists reaching millions of US dollars at auction. Although the most expensive and popular artists in India are still modernist masters, such as Gaitonde, Souza and Mehta, younger generations of artists are proving to be much more sought after on the...

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Anish Kapoor In Istanbul Related Press Anish Kapoor In Istanbul Art Radar Asia / 01 November 2013 : 7 November 2013

“Anish Kapoor in Istanbul” opened on 10 September 2013 at the Sabaki Sabanci Museum (SSM) and will run until 5 January 2014. The London-based Indian artist is showing never-before-seen stone sculptures in his first solo exhibition in the emerging art capital of Istanbul, a city with an age-old affinity for stone.

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A life in art: Anish Kapoor Related Press A life in art: Anish Kapoor The Guardian : 8 November 2008

Anish Kapoor's studio, a sprawling collection of warehouses in a quiet street in south London, is both artistic crucible and thriving workshop, the kind of place where charts stuck to the walls indicate what kind of hot beverages are preferred by the employees (should Kapoor ever pop round, offer him black coffee, not tea). Twenty-five people...

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A Most Public Artist Polishes a New York Image Related Press A Most Public Artist Polishes a New York Image The New York Times : 20 August 2006

WALKING around the cluster of warehouses in South London where the sculptor Anish Kapoor works, it's easy to forget that they are an artist's studio and not the planning division of a multinational corporation. In one room there's a maquette for a Naples subway entrance, which resembles a massive mock-turtleneck collar made of Cor-Ten steel. Nearby...

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