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Art Galleries In Dallas

Our guide to Dallas-Fort Worth art galleries is an invaluable resource for novice and longtime collectors alike.
By D Magazine |

 
“Afternoon Sunlight,” oil on canvas, by Julian Onderdonk available at David Dike Fine Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Art In Dallas 
Whether you’re a novice or serious collector, our review of area galleries will satisfy even those with the most finicky fine-art tastes.

FINE PHOTOGRAPHY
After-Image Gallery
The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St., Ste. 141. 214-871-9140.
www.afterimagegallery.com.
Ben Breard, owner
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The best photography gallery in Dallas might also be the oldest gallery in the world devoted exclusively to photography. This is the place to buy Eliot Porter’s full-color dye-transfer prints of America entitled In Wilderness, Alfred Seiland’s Ektacolor print entitled Sea-Restaurant, or Robert Owen’s gelatin-silver prints of Las Vegas or San Francisco, quite small but a bargain at $245-$275.

CUTTING-EDGE CONTEMPORARY ART
Angstrom Gallery
3609 Parry Ave. 214-823-6456.
www.angstromgallery.com.
David Quadrini, owner
Hours: Tue-Sat, noon-5 p.m. and by appointment
Thirty-something owner David Quadrini has made a name for himself by finding and cultivating new talent. From the time the gallery opened in 1996, many of David’s artists have been invited to show at the prestigious Biennial at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. The 2004 Biennial will show three Texans, all of whom have shown at Angstrom: Erick Swenson, Robyn O’Neil, and Dario Robleto. Erick, whose sculpture has been purchased by major modern art museums across the country (including the Modern in Fort Worth), is probably David’s best-known artist. Also in Angstrom’s current stable of artists are Mark Flood, Tim Bavington, and Susie Rosmarin. Success hasn’t kept this Fair Park-area gallery from its cutting-edge roots. Painter Jeff Elrod’s graphic images stem from drawings he executes on a computer, projecting slides of artwork onto blank canvases.

IMPRESSIONIST THROUGH CONTEMPORART ART
Banks Fine Art LLC

1231 Dragon St. 214-352-1811.
www.banksfineart.com.
Bob and Maloree Banks, owners
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
An immense gallery space on Dragon accommodates American and European 18th- and 19th-century traditional to impressionist paintings and work by living artists. A certified appraiser, Bob Banks has served as a consultant to Sotheby’s. Beginning art collectors will find a friendly, accessible atmosphere and owners eager to share their knowledge “but you’ll need a designer to buy.

TEXAS ARTISTS
Barry Whistler Gallery
2909 Canton St., Ste. B. 214-939-0242.
www.barrywhistlergallery.com.
Barry Whistler, owner
Hours: Wed-Sat, noon-5 p.m. and by appointment
Barry Whistler was a pioneer in Deep Ellum, opening his gallery almost two decades ago. He represents 16 artists in total, but the work of only a few artists is exhibited at any one time. Here you’ll find a number of the very best Texas regional painters, photographers, and sculptors. We recently viewed fascinating urethane-on-aluminum paintings by St. Mark’s teacher Scott Barber that look like abstractions of an MRI or CAT scan. Barry represents truly forward artists. He takes chances and hopes for the best, and the best is usually what he gets. Go here for Texas art that will appreciate.

FINE DECORATIVE PRINTS
Beaux-Arts Gallery

1505 Hi Line Dr. 214-741-5555.
Bob Schutze, owner
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and by appointment
The Southwest’s finest collection of 16th- to 20th-century decorative prints. Most of the hand coloring is original. Check out the bathroom for decorating inspiration, where 35 Tiepolo reproductions hung in seven neat rows take up most of the walls. Prints are framed by sister company, Wildman Art Framing, so framing is factored into price. There are 30,000 prints inventoried here, with prices ranging from $2 to $10,000.

REGIONAL & TEXAS ARTISTS
Cidnee Patrick Gallery (formerly Edith Baker Gallery)

2404 Cedar Springs Rd., Ste. 300. 214-855-5101.
www.cidneepatrickgallery.com.
Cidnee Patrick, owner
Hours: Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Former (but still active) owner Edith Baker and current owner Cidnee Patrick represent mostly Texas artists whose work ranges from updated folk art to experimental to classic realism. Denise Brown’s large mixed-media assemblage entitled The Ant and Dove with its folk-art sensibility is juxtaposed with Tom Pribyl’s series in which technological icons—a cell phone, a computer—float above generic neighborhoods. With prices ranging from $50-$15,000, this gallery is for both beginners and serious collectors.

REGIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART
Conduit Gallery

1626 Hi Line Dr., Ste. C. 214-939-0064.
www.conduitgallery.com.
Nancy Whitenack, owner
Hours: Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This year Conduit turns 20, so expect celebrations. The gallery features contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography, and works on paper by recognized Texas artists. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this gallery is the Project Room, where lesser-knowns become known.One exhibit featured a dozen or so surreal mini collages in full color by Bill Frazier. We love the idea of this project room and thank Nancy for creating it.   

ULTRAMODERN ART
Craighead-Green Gallery
2404 Cedars Springs Rd., Ste. 700.
214-855-0779. www.craigheadgreen.com.
Kenneth Craighead and Stephen Green, co-owners
Hours: Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.and Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
From sculpture to origami art to photography to oils, every piece in this contemporary art gallery is worth viewing. Among our favorites: Carole Pierce’s blurred lakescape in muted blue and sienna entitled Distant Light, all of Ann Kobdish’s work, and two Twomblyesque oils by Sammy Peters. Ultramodern works for the first-time buyer on up to the serious collector.

TEXAS ART AND MORE
David Dike Fine Art
2613 Fairmount St. 214-720-6051.
www.daviddikefineart.com.
David Dike, owner
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and by appointment
Fans of ’20s and ’30s-era Texas art will find choice oils and watercolors and an interesting selection of aquatints, linocuts, and wood blocks. Reveau Bassett pieces include a cartoon-style etching entitled Struck Oil (circa 1929) as well as a small, striking watercolor of geese in flight. Though 70 percent of the art here is by Texas artists, there are also late 19th- and early 20th-century landscapes by both American and European artists, including a large oil painting by Ernest Auguste Le Villain. A great place to acquire beautiful images of the Lone Star state. David Dike’s annual auction is not to be missed.

 
Ground of Universe, Detail mixed media on paper, by Amy Myers available at Dunn and Brown Contemporary

TEXAS & REGIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART
Dunn and Brown Contemporary

5020 Tracy St. 214-521-4322.
www.dunnandbrown.com.
Talley Dunn and Lisa Brown, owners
Hours: Tue-Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Talley Dunn and Lisa Brown had the vision to convert a warehouse space with multiple garages into a hangar-style gallery for showcasing contemporary art. The 7,000-square-foot finished space comprises a main room, a project space, and a large viewing room for clients. They represent Vernon Fisher, Julie Bozzi, Melissa Miller, and David Bates, among other acclaimed Texans, mostly (but not exclusively) nationally known, mid-career artists. “Most works sell in the $5,000-$20,000 range, but we’ll work with recent graduates, too, whose top price might be $500,” says Lisa.

19TH-CENTURY ART
European Art Gallery

18170 Hillcrest Rd., Ste. 100. 972-612-2806.
www.european-artgallery.com.
Danny Wettreich, owner
Hours: By appointment only
Danny Wettreich turned his and his wife’s passion for collecting fine art into a business, after they were unable to find a gallery that carried the kind of high-quality 19th-century academic art and impressionist oil paintings they sought. They cater to serious collectors and museums, offering the work of some 200 artists from Sir John Everett Millais and Lord Frederick Leighton to Pierre-August Renoir and John William Godward. Prices run from $5,000 to more than $1 million, but average $50,000-$200,000. Grand paintings at grand prices for grand walls.

20TH-CENTURY MODERN MASTERS
Fenton Fine Arts
1420 Shady Oaks Ln., Fort Worth.
817-737-2252.
Phyllis Fenton, director
Hours: By appointment only
Located in a private home in the cultural heart of Fort Worth, this upscale gallery specializes in buying world-class art then framing, installing, and archiving it for personal and corporate galleries. Phyllis 30-by-30-foot dining room and an immense living room with 25-foot ceilings are filled with an ever-changing display of artwork by Hockney, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Stella, Frankenthaler, and other American and European stars of the 20th- and 21st-century art constellation. What a wonderfully personal, pressure-free way to view great art! For serious private or corporate collectors.

 
The Beach at Etretat, oil on canvas, by Stokely Webster available at Galerie Kornye

FINE EUROPEAN & AMERICAN ART
Galerie Kornye

2530 Fairmount St. 214-954-4475.
www.kornye.com.
George W. Kornye, president
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment
“We have a combination of everything here. It just has to be beautiful,” says Madame Kornye, and it all is. What attracts them: a series of near photo-realistic but supersaturated colors by Robert Johanningmeier; bronze sculptures by living artist David Spence, and the work of renowned landscape painter Stokely Webster, represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and the Phillips collection, to name just three. Theirs is taste you can count on.

ACADEMIC & IMPRESSIONIST PAINTINGS
Galerie Kornye West

1601 Clover Ln., Fort Worth. 817-763-5227.
www.kornyewest.com.
Paula Kornye Tillman, director
Hours: Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and by appointment
Paula Tillman grew up in the art business in Dallas, working for her parents at Galerie Kornye. Her own gallery represents living artists who work in academic and impressionist styles. She’s had great success with two local artists: Dallasite Timothy Norman and Stephen Rascoe of Arlington. Stephen will be 80 in May, and his figural works and landscapes date from the ’40s. Timothy’s figural and genre paintings are so popular that some have been sold before they were framed. A good place for moderately priced art ($500-$5,000) for starter collections.

TOP REGIONAL & IMPRESSIONIST ART
Gerald Peters Gallery
2913 Fairmount St. 214-969-9410.
Rosemary E. Hill, sales manager 
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat, noon-5 p.m.
Gerald Peters reconfigured the original gallery by joining the house it occupied to the house next door by means of an atrium. For full effect go on a beautiful day when the gallery is flooded with sunlight. Some of the best-known contemporary Texas artists (John Alexander, Dan Rizzie, James Surls) are represented here, as are a number of impressionists. Note Dornith Doherty’s 25 bold chromo-genic Rio Grande prints and Virgil Grotfeldt’s plant-life abstractions. A gallery for art amateurs to visit and connoisseurs to buy from.

 
Divine Endowed, acrylic on canvas, by James Behan available at Handley-Hicks Gallery

EDGY COMMERCIAL ART
Handley-Hicks Gallery

6515 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth.
817-446-5004. www.handley-hicks.com.
Bettye and Don Hicks, owners
Hours: Thu-Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment
This contemporary fine arts gallery is located in east Fort Worth’s offbeat and historic Handley district. “We’re a commercial gallery,” says Bettye Hicks, “but we tend to the kind of work that is not necessarily commercially viable.” Example: the work of Kathy Lovas, the Dallas artist known for edgy installations such as one revolving around the Japanese internment camps of World War II. They also have a permanent stable of painters, printmakers, ceramists, sculptors, and photographers including James Behan, Kit Hall, Jack Plummer, Mel Northum, Jane Helslander, Pamela Mahassey, and Leticia Huerta. Prices are a moderate $200 for a print to $2,000 for a painting. This is a go-to gallery for up-and-comers.

EMERGING TEXAS & NEW YORK ARTISTS
Mulcahy Modern

408 W. Eighth St., Ste. 101. 214-948-9595.
Cynthia Mulcahy, owner
Hours: Wed-Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tue by appointment
This very focused gallery represents a dozen emerging Texas artists, a number of whom now work in New York. The gallery is garnering attention from critics such as Janet Kutner as well as national publications, including Art News and Art in America. Cynthia Mulcahy hosts 10 shows a year, almost all of them solo exhibits. Among those represented are Tom Sime, a Dallas Morning News drama critic, and Rosalyn Bodycomb, a painter of photo-based figurative work, who was one of three Texas artists chosen for a Charles Wylie-curated show at the Arlington Museum of Art. Look here for future Picassos.

20TH-CENTURY TO CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY
Photographs Do Not Bend

3115 Routh St. 214-969-1852.
www.photographsdonotbend.com.
Burt and Missy Finger, owners
Hours: Tue-Sat, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Burt and Missy Finger specialize in early 20th-century to contemporary photography. Peruse the engaging series of black-and-white night sky photographs called Sterne (Stars) by German-born photographer Thomas Ruff or pore over rare photography books. Canine lovers take note. The owners recently held an exhibit entitled Mondo Cane (A Dog’s World). Photographic subjects to please all tastes and budgets.

RARE MAPS & FINE PRINTS
Riddell Rare Maps & Fine Prints

2611 Fairmount St. 214-953-0601.
Royd and Connie Riddell, owners
Hours: Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
After 16 years on Routh, the Riddells relocated to Fairmount and bought Douglass Frames. Naturally, we cotton to their Texas maps, but all of the lesser states are represented here, as well. You’ll also find wonderful color or black-and-white natural-history prints, battle scenes, and historical renderings. Our picks: a stunning hand-colored map of the southern portion of the United States, copper-engraved by Alexander von Humboldt, is steep at $3,200, but its fine detail and beautiful rendering make it worth every penny. Johann Baptist Homann’s hand-colored engraving of the area around Nuremburg, Germany, is a steal at $450.

FINE AMERICAN & EUROPEAN ART
Roughton Gallery

3702 Fairmount St. 214-871-1096.
www.roughtongalleries.com.
Kayla and Brian Roughton, owners
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and by appointment
Kayla and Brian Roughton’s award-winning gallery represents 19th- and 20th-century American and European artists and one living artist. With prices in the $20,000-$300,000 range, this is a gallery for earnest collectors. You’ll see real masterpieces here, beautifully framed, in a homey atmosphere. Notable works include a seascape by William Bradford (1823-1892), a painting by Arthur Parton (1832-1914) entitled Sunset in the Catskills, and several paintings by Hovsep Pushman (the owners work directly with the Pushman estate). Pick up a full-color catalog at the front that documents all of the works showcased in the gallery.

 
The Village Ramon, oil on canvas, by Edouard Efanov available at Southwest Gallery

CONTEMPORARY ART & SCULPTURE
Southwest Gallery
4500 Sigma Rd. 972-960-8935.
Melissa Butler, manager
Hours: Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun 1-5 p.m. Eight years ago, Southwest Gallery relocated from Preston/Forest to a building in Dallas north quadrant. What used to be an industrial area is fast becoming the North Dallas Design District, says manager Melissa. You’ll find a nice variety of paintings and sculptures by artists such as contemporary impressionist Lou Gordon; Texans Mark Whitmarsh, Tony Bass, and Dalhart Windberg; and noted bluebonnet painter W.A. Slaughter. What’s selling? Contemporary art is starting to outpace traditional. “You don’t have to have a Frank Lloyd Wright house for contemporary art,” says Melissa. “People are finding they’re more comfortable with their own taste.” A supermarket of the pretty, the accessible, the affordable.

FINE WESTERN SCULPTURE & PAINTINGS
Texas Art Gallery

5570 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 396.
214-350-8500. www.texasartgallery.com.
Bill and Pat Burford, owners
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
Don’t confuse garish Southwestern art with the fine Western paintings and sculpture sold here. Western art, says owner Bill Burford, can come from as far away as Idaho. The gallery, open since 1964, has a stable of more than 40 nationally known artists including Bill Achieff, whose still life paintings of Indian pottery, blankets, rifles, and other Western-themed objects are found in more than 20 museums in the United States and Canada. A large-scale oil can fetch $100,000 or more. Texas painter Mark Haworth’s breathtaking oil-on-canvas landscapes of the Hill Country can be found here, as well as bronze sculptures by Grant Speed. While most of the gallery’s focus is Western art, about 25 percent is French and impressionist. The gallery also hosts live auctions twice a year.

PREEMINENT TEXAS, EUROPEAN &
CONTEMPORARY ART AND SCULPTURE
Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden

6616 Spring Valley Rd. 972-239-2441.
www.valleyhouse.com.
Cheryl and Kevin Vogel, owners
Hours: Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Vogels were the first dealers in Dallas to recognize contemporary artists such as Picasso and Miro and have maintained a preeminent position in the Dallas art world since they opened in 1954. We like the Valley House approach: the director assists you first by genre then more specifically by artist to find a piece to suit your needs and taste. Focus is on 19th- and early 20th-century European art, contemporary art, Texas art, and sculpture—they stick to what they know, which is why the collection is so strong. Four acres of sculpture garden are worth a detour. Sculptures from abstract bronzes to traditional stone are not price-marked for security reasons but range from $3,000-$45,000.

FINE ART AND OUTDOOR SCULPTURE
The Victorian Gallery
2722 Fairmount St. 214-871-2474.
www.thevictoriangallery.com.
Jane C. Sheldon, director
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and by appointment
Established in 1970, The Victorian has undergone major changes in the past year, taking on a whole new group of artists. Outdoor sculpture by Gary Price and Stanley Proctor and a baby elephant fountain by Darrell Davis adorn the surrounding lawns (Darrell recently won commissions from the Dallas Zoo and from the City of Frisco). Fine 19th- and 20th-century European paintings such as those by popular impressionist Roy Petley are still there, and so are the color-drenched oils and watercolors of Texas artist Ted Byrom. Mostly representational art in a wide price range.

FOLK ART & FOUND ART
Webb Gallery

209-211 W. Franklin St., Waxahachie.
972-938-8085. www.webbartgallery.com.
Julie and Bruce Webb, owners
Hours: Sat & Sun 1-5 p.m. and by appointment
What started as an antique store in 1987 evolved into a gallery for self-taught art. It’s well worth a weekend day trip to Waxahachie to see this wonderful gallery. Until mid-January there’s a drawing show of graffiti, comic book, outsider, and other art forms. The owners represent more than 40 artists. Don’t miss the conceptual scarecrows made out of pots and pans by 89-year-old Hawkins Bolden, a blind man from Memphis. Designerly advice: diffuse formality with a piece of folk art.

AFFORDABLE REGIONAL ART
William Campbell Contemporary Art

4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth. 817-737-9566.
www.williamcampbellcontemporaryart.com.
William and Pam Campbell, owners
Hours: Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and by appointment
We don’t have to go very far afield. There’s a vast resource of artists in this area, says Bill Campbell, co-owner of one of the finest galleries in Fort Worth representing (but not limited to) regional and Texas-connected artists. Artists include portraitist and skyscraper painter J.T. Grant, whose work is in the DMA; well-known abstractionist Julie Lazarus, whose paintings are now interpreted in glass at an atelier in Murano, Italy; and Billy Hassell, known for his colorful, stylized birds of Texas. A great choice of works by homegrown artists
in a broad spectrum of prices ($200-$25,000).

OLD MASTERS THROUGH MIDCENTURY
William E. Johnson Fine Art

2525 Fairmount St. 214-871-1197.
William E. Johnson, owner
Hours: Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat, noon-4:30 p.m.
By the age of 18 Bill Johnson had bought his first Old Master at an auction. After majoring in art in college, he opened his first gallery in 1976. His specialty is Old Masters from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, but he handles every kind of art from the 15th century to the 1950s. He’s brokered the estates of some of Dallas most prominent citizens, estates where the art collections run to French impressionists, late 19th-century European art, and early American modernists. This is the gallery for serious collectors of fine art.

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Frame Up
We asked local gallery owners and directors to recommend the best frame shops in town.
by Amy Durham

24FPS
501 Second Ave., Ste. A. 214-824-2400. Specializing in custom-finished frames from raw wood and archival framing.

3 Day Framing
14999 Preston Rd. 972-661-0136. Specializing in unusual custom framing.

Art Restorations Incorporated
7803 Inwood Rd. 214-350-0811. Specializing in frame restoration.
 
BA Framer

4250 Oak Lawn Ave. 214-219-1850. Specializing in prefinished custom framing.

Bishop Art Custom Framing & Gifts
601 Haines Ave. 214-943-2469. Specializing in hand-wrapped mats and archival framing.

Douglass Picture Frames
2611 Fairmount St. 214-969-5350. Specializing in 22-karat, hand-carved, hand-finished frames.

Empty Walls Gallery and Custom Framing
217 Preston Rd. 214-369-9989. Specializing in archival custom framing.

Frame Masters
5014 McKinney Ave. 214-526-1700. Specializing in conservation framing.

Gallery One Frames
4935 Byers Ave., Fort Worth. 817-737-9571. Specializing in conservation framing.

Henson-McAlister Master Framers
3308 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. 817-332-1297. Specializing in conservation, high-end framing, and restoration.

Highland Park Frame & Gallery
4514 Travis St., Ste. 130. 214-526-2800. Specializing in high-end custom framing.

Las Negras Studio
2103 Irving Blvd. 214-871-0410. Specializing in hand-carved frames, gilding, and restoration.

Photographic Archives Lab & Gallery
5117 W. Lovers Ln. 214-352-3166. Specializing in archival framing of photographs.

Vinyard Frame Designs
1327 Dragon St. 214-747-1742. Specializing in original faux finishes and French and fabric matting.

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Annual Art Events and Festivals
by Emily Turner

FEBRUARY
Dallas Art Dealers Association’s Winter Gallery Walk

February 21, noon-8 p.m. Call 214-275-4600 or visit www.dallasartdealers.org for more information.

MARCH
Fort Worth Art Dealers Association’s Spring Gallery Night
March 27, 2-9 p.m. Call 817-737-9566 or visit www.fwada.com for more information.

APRIL
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
April 2-4 Call 214-855-1881 or visit www.meifestivals.com/deepspr.html for more information.

Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival
Mid-April Main Street, Fort Worth Call 817-336-2787 or visit www.nsf.waf.org for more information.

Arbor Daze
Late April Euless Call 817-685-1666 or visit www.ci.euless.texas/arbor_daze for more information.

The Dallas Museum of Art Annual Fundraiser
Late April Call 214-922-1364 or visit www.dallasmuseumofart.org for more information.

MAY
Mayfest
First weekend in May Trinity Park, Fort Worth Call 817-332-1055 for more information.

SEPTEMBER
Dallas Art Dealers Association’s Winter Gallery Walk

Date TBD. Call 214-275-4600 or visit www.dallasartdealers.org for more information.

Fort Worth Art Dealers Association’s Winter Gallery Night
September 11, 2-9 p.m. Call 817-737-9566 or visit www.fwada.com for more information.

OCTOBER
David Dike Fine Art Texas Art Auction
David Dike Fine Art Gallery Call 214-720-4044 or visit www.daviddikefineart.com for more information.

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