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Oral history interview with Phillip A. Bruno, 2009 January 13-21

Interviewee:
Bruno, Phillip A.  Search this
Interviewer:
McElhinney, James, 1952-  Search this
Subject:
Avery, Milton  Search this
Bacon, Francis  Search this
Baskin, Leonard  Search this
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
Bravo, Claudio  Search this
Brown, Joan  Search this
Calder, Alexander  Search this
Clews, Henry  Search this
Crawford, Ralston  Search this
Cuevas, José Luis  Search this
Ernst, Max  Search this
Estes, Richard  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto  Search this
Hefner, Hugh M. (Hugh Marston)  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Katz, Alex  Search this
Koenig, Fritz  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria  Search this
Kubach, Wolfgang  Search this
Matisse, Henri  Search this
Morgan, Randall  Search this
Nagare, Masayuki  Search this
Neuberger, Roy R.  Search this
Nevelson, Louise  Search this
Park, David  Search this
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Rothko, Mark  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer  Search this
Staempfli, George W.  Search this
Willard, Charlotte  Search this
Barnes Foundation  Search this
Columbia University  Search this
Grace Borgenicht Gallery  Search this
La Napoule Art Foundation, Henry Clews Memorial  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
Weyhe Gallery  Search this
World House Galleries  Search this
Exposition universelle et internationale (1958 : Brussels, Belgium)  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Citation:
Quotes and excerpts must be cited as follows: Oral history interview with Phillip A. Bruno, 2009 January 13-21. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15648
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)282216
AAA_collcode_bruno09
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_282216
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Oral history interview with Phillip A. Bruno

Interviewee:
Bruno, Phillip A.  Search this
Creator:
McElhinney, James Lancel, 1952-  Search this
Names:
Barnes Foundation  Search this
Columbia University -- Students  Search this
Exposition universelle et internationale (1958 : Brussels, Belgium)  Search this
Grace Borgenicht Gallery  Search this
La Napoule Art Foundation, Henry Clews Memorial  Search this
Marlborough Gallery  Search this
Weyhe Gallery  Search this
World House Galleries  Search this
Avery, Milton, 1885-1965  Search this
Bacon, Francis, 1909-1992  Search this
Baskin, Leonard, 1922-2000  Search this
Bertoia, Harry  Search this
Bravo, Claudio, 1936-2011  Search this
Brown, Joan, 1938-1990  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Clews, Henry, 1876-1937  Search this
Crawford, Ralston, 1906-1978  Search this
Cuevas, José Luis, 1934-  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Estes, Richard, 1932-  Search this
Giacometti, Alberto, 1901-1966  Search this
Hefner, Hugh M. (Hugh Marston), 1926-  Search this
Hirshhorn, Joseph H.  Search this
Katz, Alex, 1927-  Search this
Koenig, Fritz, 1924-  Search this
Kubach, Wolfgang, 1936-  Search this
Kubach-Wilmsen, Anna Maria, 1937-  Search this
Matisse, Henri, 1869-1954  Search this
Morgan, Randall, 1920-  Search this
Nagare, Masayuki, 1923-  Search this
Neuberger, Roy R.  Search this
Nevelson, Louise, 1899-1988  Search this
Park, David, 1911-1960  Search this
Peterdi, Gabor  Search this
Rothko, Mark, 1903-1970  Search this
Schapiro, Meyer, 1904-  Search this
Staempfli, George W.  Search this
Willard, Charlotte  Search this
Extent:
46 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2009 January 13-21
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Phillip A. Bruno conducted 2009 January 13-21, by James McElhinney, for the Archives of American Art, at the Archives of American Art, in New York, New York.
Bruno speaks of some his earliest impressions of art while growing up in New York and Paris; attending Columbia University, where he majored in the history of painting and architecture and studied under Meyer Schapiro; his first job at the Weyhe Gallery as a gallery assistant; helping create the Grace Borgenicht Gallery, where he served as director for five years; traveling to Mexico, meeting Jose Cuevas and exhibiting his work at the Edward Loeb Gallery in Paris; traveling to Brazil and meeting a family of naturalist painters who emphasized the importance of painting outdoors, unlike many painters from the New York school; working with Henry Clews and the La Napoule Art Foundation; selling a piece of Salvador Dali jewelry made by Carlos Alamanni to Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine; working as director of The World House Gallery and selling works by Fancis Bacon and Max Ernst to clients such as Joseph Hirshhorn and Roy Neuberger; organizing a exhibition of artists shown at the Brussels World Fair in 1958 at World House and meeting George Staempfli through the artist Joan Brown; moving from World House to the Staempfli Gallery in 1960 to work as co-director; the Staempfli Gallery's role in the international art world; an original drawing by Leonard Baskin inscribed to Phillip in 1954; selling the work of artists such as Harry Bertoia, Fritz Koening, and David Park; meeting Henri Matisse in Paris at the age of 21; visiting the studios of Alexander Calder and Mark Rothko; the difference between galleries that can spot new talent and galleries that sell certain artists well; the art market becoming less idealistic and more commercial; the rising importance of auction houses and the possibility of their taking the place of traditional art galleries; the move of the Staempfli Gallery to the SoHo neighborhood and soon after, leaving Staempfli for Marlborough, where he was one of the New York directors for 18 years; his appreciation for the creativity of others, retirement and current plans to write his memoirs. Bruno also recalls Milton Avery, Gabor Peterdi, Hans Muller, Ralston Crawford, Randall Morgan, Charlotte Willard, Dorthy Satterlee, Masayuki Nagare, Claude Bemardin, Kubach-Wilmsen, Louise Nevelson, Cladio Bravo, Lopez Garcia, Alberto Giacometti, The Barnes Foundation, Richard Estes, Alex Katz, and Neil Wlliver.
Biographical / Historical:
Phillip A. Bruno (1930- ) is an art collector and director of Marlborough Gallery, New York, New York.
General:
Originally recorded on 2 sound discs. Reformatted in 2010 as 2 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 45 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Occupation:
Gallery directors -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Topic:
Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.bruno09
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9bf4b64eb-4ca4-4b97-b4b0-e6ec495fe004
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-bruno09
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World House Gallery

Collection Creator:
Swetzoff Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 11, Folder 27
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1957-1963
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Swetzoff Gallery records, 1941-1968. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Swetzoff Gallery Records
Swetzoff Gallery Records / Series 3: Named Files
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw91731b793-a999-42ed-baca-392e3cd4550d
EDAN-URL:
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Colloquy

Artist:
Pietro Consagra, Italian, b. Mazaro del Vallo, Italy, 1920–2005  Search this
Medium:
Carved wood
Dimensions:
overall: 94 1/16 × 47 5/8 × 17 1/2 in. (238.9 × 121 × 44.5 cm) base: 5 1/16 × 42 7/8 × 17 1/2 in. (12.9 × 108.9 × 44.5 cm) object without base: 89 × 47 5/8 × 5 1/4 in. (226.1 × 121 × 13.3 cm)
Type:
Sculpture/relief
Date:
1956
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.959
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2a8843bb7-8a55-47c1-9792-601242e9eb69
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.959

Art News, "Art, Money and Architecture," at World House Gallery

Collection Creator:
Kiesler, Lillian, 1910?-2001  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 1
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
undated
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment. Use of archival audiovisual recordings with no duplicate access copy requires advance notice.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers, circa 1910s-2003, bulk 1958-2000. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers
Lillian and Frederick Kiesler papers / Series 1: Lillian Kiesler papers / 1.10: Papers Related to Frederick Kiesler / 1.10.7: Writings and Notes
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw957de494f-3064-4354-af81-933a125b09b1
EDAN-URL:
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World House Galleries

Collection Creator:
Leo Castelli Gallery  Search this
Container:
Box 23, Folder 4
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1956-1961
Collection Restrictions:
Use of original records requires an appointment.
Collection Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Leo Castelli Gallery records, circa 1880-2000, bulk 1957-1999. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Leo Castelli Gallery records
Leo Castelli Gallery records / Series 1: Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw981f26e30-d253-4374-a148-4f83dafa2acc
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-aaa-leocast-ref9228

The Dove

Artist:
Marina Núñez del Prado, Bolivian, b. La Paz, 1910–1995  Search this
Medium:
Onyx
Dimensions:
8 X 12 1/2 X 6 3/8 in. (20.2 X 31.6 X 16.1 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1958
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.1311
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2a81bd92b-a355-4213-8ef3-fa308585b78e
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.1311

Woman (Reclining Torso)

Artist:
Marina Núñez del Prado, Bolivian, b. La Paz, 1910–1995  Search this
Medium:
Alabaster
Dimensions:
17 3/4 x 41 1/4 x 11 3/4 in. (45.1 x 104.8 x 29.8 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1960
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.1312
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2efc0d9c7-f4ba-4f78-a16d-bd7f06571126
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.1312

Bell Tower

Artist:
Emile Gilioli, French, b. Paris, 1911–1977  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
24 5/8 x 16 1/2 x 6 1/16 in. (62.3 x 42 x 15.5 cm) BASE: 1 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. (3.8 x 34.9 x 12.1 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1958
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.2054
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py27ff0c75e-60f9-42b6-b212-dc25e6a56c38
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.2054

Praying Cardinal

Artist:
Giacomo Manzu, Italian, b. Bergamo, 1908–1991  Search this
Medium:
Gouache on paper mounted on fiberboard
Dimensions:
sheet: 41 3/8 x 27 1/4 in. (105 x 69.1 cm) mount: 41 1/2 x 27 1/2 in. (105.5 x 69.9 cm)
Type:
Painting
Date:
1955
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.3248
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py26172fc9c-bd0a-4caa-953b-f7fd41c92356
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.3248

Self-Portrait with Model at Bergamo

Artist:
Giacomo Manzu, Italian, b. Bergamo, 1908–1991  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
52 1/4 x 38 5/8 x 10 1/8 in. (132.7 x 98.1 x 25.7 cm)
Type:
Sculpture/relief
Date:
(1942/probably cast 1948-1961)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.3293
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
On View:
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Garden
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2d916119a-324c-4cb1-8e7e-80d3633acf5c
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.3293

Fecundity

Artist:
Arnaldo Pomodoro, Italian, b. Morciano, 1926  Search this
Medium:
Silver alloy (silver plate on copper)
Dimensions:
11 5/8 X 6 X 5/8 IN. (29.5 X 15.0 X .5 CM.)
Type:
Sculpture/relief
Date:
1953
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.4088
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py21568255a-2685-484f-8413-50dbe4a467be
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.4088

Black City

Artist:
Arnaldo Pomodoro, Italian, b. Morciano, 1926  Search this
Medium:
Silver alloy, plaster, and paint, mounted on wood panel
Dimensions:
22 7/8 X 35 3/8 IN. (58.2 X 89.8 CM.)
Type:
Sculpture/relief
Date:
1956
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.4090
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py235f8aa90-18a9-4882-a25d-2db15aff0659
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.4090

Renoir, Mme.

Artist:
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, b. Limoges, 1841–1919  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
23 1/2 x 20 x 13 3/4 in. (59.7 x 50.8 x 34.9 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1916, cast 1950-1955
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.4218
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2aa94864c-f2b6-4502-bde7-6b9915e52c31
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.4218

The Great Warrior of Montauban

Artist:
Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, French, b. Montauban, 1861–1929  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
73 1/4 × 62 × 24 1/8 in. (186 × 157.2 × 61.3 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
(1898-1900/cast 1956)
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.593
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
On View:
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (Washington, DC), Garden
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2cdcb9da3-6cc8-4030-91d5-23860edcad6d
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.593

Public Colloquy

Artist:
Pietro Consagra, Italian, b. Mazaro del Vallo, Italy, 1920–2005  Search this
Medium:
Bronze
Dimensions:
overall: 31 × 29 3/4 × 9 1/2 in., 119 lb. (78.7 × 75.6 × 24.1 cm, 54 kg) base: 2 × 26 1/2 × 9 1/2 in. (5.1 × 67.3 × 24.1 cm) object without base: 29 × 29 3/4 × 2 in. (73.7 × 75.6 × 5.1 cm)
Type:
Sculpture
Date:
1955
Credit Line:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1966
Accession Number:
66.958
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Collection
Data Source:
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/py2e7e81035-77e3-4837-84a5-7698688f40f6
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:hmsg_66.958

Crescendo: Fifth Sculptural Symphony [sculpture] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Baizerman, Saul 1889-1957  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1940-1949
Topic:
New Gallery  Search this
Figure group  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Allegory--Arts & Sciences--Music  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0004079
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_133525

World House Galleries [Folder]

Additional name:
World House Galleries, New York  Search this
Contents:
Folder(s) may include exhibition announcements, newspaper and/or magazine clippings, press releases, brochures, reviews, invitations, illustrations, resumes, artist's statements, exhibition catalogs.
Place:
New York (N.Y.)
Topic:
Art Organizations  Search this
Location:
Art & Artist files at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/ National Portrait Gallery Library
Data source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:SILAF_102346

Lee Gatch papers, 1925-1979

Creator:
Gatch, Lee, 1902-1968  Search this
Subject:
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Phillips, Duncan  Search this
Willard, Marian  Search this
Driggs, Elsie  Search this
Kahn, Max  Search this
Kuh, Katharine  Search this
Mumford, Lewis  Search this
World House Galleries  Search this
Citation:
Lee Gatch papers, 1925-1979. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Painting, Modern -- 20th century  Search this
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)8962
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)211149
AAA_collcode_gatcleep
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_211149

Joseph Stapleton papers, 1942-1998

Creator:
Stapleton, Joseph, 1921-1994  Search this
Citation:
Joseph Stapleton papers, 1942-1998. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Theme:
Lives of American Artists  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)6276
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)216621
AAA_collcode_stapjose
Theme:
Lives of American Artists
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_coll_216621

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