Autumn Exhibitions Boston 2014

During my recent touring of exhibitions in and around Boston, Massachusetts, USA I found surprising contemporary art installations as well as two dimensional works that stood out as innovative and spoke to me in some new ways.

Below are two photographic works from an exhibition at Lanoue Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in September 2014.  http://www.LanoueGallery.com

 

Exhibition Lanoue Gallery

Exhibition Lanoue Gallery

Artist – Eric Zener

 

Photography Exhibition Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

Photography Exhibition Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

Artist – Eric Zener

 

Below are images of mixed media works of the same exhibition at Lanoue Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in September 2014 – http://www.LanoueGallery.com

 

Mixed Media two dimensional work at Lanoue Gallery.

Mixed Media two dimensional work at Lanoue Gallery.

Artist – Jane Maxwell

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Artist – Jane Maxwell

 

Below are some images of those works beginning with installations at the September 2014 Exhibition at Galatea Gallery 460B Harrison Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts by the delightfully insightful Ruth T. Segaloff  who I had the privilege of speaking with at the Opening Reception.  She explained to me that all of her works have long involved stories to tell and viewing her work I think you will agree.  http://www.galateafineart.com

 

This installation depicts a story of travel, music and life of an artist.

This installation depicts a story of travel, music and life of an artist.

Artist – Ruth T. Segaloff

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Artist – Ruth T. Segaloff

 

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Artist – Ruth T. Segaloff

 

Below exhibition at Bromfield Gallery, 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.  The artist is Jennifer Day, the medium is graphite on paper on a grand scale, intricate and delicate.  http://www.bromfieldgallery.com
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Artist – Jennifer Day – Work is entitled: Falling Down

 

Close up work on paper

Close up work on paper

Artist – Jennifer Day – Work entitled: Falling Down

 

Closer view work on paper

Closer view work on paper

Artist – Jennifer Day – Work entitled: Falling Down

 

The Boston Sculptors Gallery on 486 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts featured sculptor Larry Pollans work at the Opening Reception on First Friday, October 3, 2014 in Sowa, the art district. http://www.bostonsculptors.org

 

Boston Sculptors Gallery

Boston Sculptors Gallery

Artist – Larry Pollans

 

Boston Sculptors Gallery

Boston Sculptors Gallery

Artist – Larry Pollans

September and October 2014 contemporary art exhibitions in Boston, Massachusetts, USA offer solid talent to be viewed.  Until next time……continue to feed your mind, heart and spirit……..visit an art exhibition.

 

Contemporary Exhibitions in Boston Summer 2014

Boston’s contemporary art scene is vibrant, sometimes controversial, sometimes intellectually challenging and was absolutely worth seeing this summer.  Highlighted here are some of the summer’s most noteworthy art exhibitions in Boston.

Below are images from the July exhibition at Boston Sculptors Gallery, 486 Harrison Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02118 – www.BostonSculptors.com

 

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Boston Sculpors Gallery

 

 

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 Below Boston Sculptors Gallery – August 2014 Exhibition

Boston Sculptors Gallery - August 2014 Exhibition

Boston Sculptors Gallery – August 2014 Exhibition

 

 

Boston Sculptors Gallery - August Exhibition

Boston Sculptors Gallery – August Exhibition

 

 

Boston Sculptors Gallery - August 2014

Boston Sculptors Gallery – August 2014

 

 

Boston Sculptors Gallery - August 2014 Exhibition

Boston Sculptors Gallery – August 2014 Exhibition

 

 

Below the Jim Hodges Exhibition “Give More than You Take” at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

 

ICA August 2014 Exhibition

ICA August 2014 Exhibition

 

 

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Close up view

 

 

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ICA Boston

 

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ICA Boston

 

 

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ICA Boston

 

Below are images from the music and visual experimental art project from Hodges that was exhibited this summer.  The viewer walked into a large dark room with several screens on the walls of video images displayed of a weekend at the mansion of the descendants of an aristocratic family and their friends.  The images are of several rooms with musical artists singing and playing instruments of various songs simultaneously.  Viewing the private moments of each of these artists in their spaces during their creative moments was emotionally moving and for the viewer a feeling of voyeurism.

 

ICA Boston Musical and Visual Experimental Art.

ICA Boston Musical and Visual Experimental Art.

 

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Musical Experiment

 

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ICA Boston – Musical and Visual Art Experiment.

As you can see I have placed very few words in this blog posting.  I honestly feel the art speaks for itself and nothing more from me is needed.

Rick Berry: Human Evolution 21st Century

Rick Berry’s multi-faceted perspective in his work transcends the concept of abstract painting of the human form.  His interpretation of human evolution, arriving at a point in time of advanced communications, robotics, gene splicing, the stuff of sci-fi are not aspirations of the distant future; we as a race are walking through that gateway now! 

Our communication advancements are changing how we live and interact with each other globally within seconds each and every day.  The impact of this evolution is reconfiguring our humanity internally on a massive global scale without our conscious awareness. 

As quickly as a thought enters our minds we are capable of transmitting that very thought instantaneously, globally!  We do so casually and effortlessly multifple times daily.  Our perceptions of what we are capable of doing have altered our reality of daily living. 

Our minds are now wired differently, an enormous paradigm shift has occurred and internal changes working in concert with that re-wiring are beyond our grasp and therefore beyond our control.   The inner workings of human evolution on a higher plateau.

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Interviewing the artist Rick Berry the evening of his Preview Party Thursday, September 26, 2013 was unusual in the respect that the conversation was instantly engaging, animated, scientific and philosophical.  This was not a shy bird I was dealing with like so many other interviews where I find myself working to draw the artist out to gain access to how that person thinks.  Oh no, not this interview.  What I found was a man who had the ability to delve quickly into the depths of intense, thought provoking subjects far beyond anything to do with the average person’s interpretation of the human form in art. 

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Berry’s forward thinking and expression of that thinking is hauntingly transposed through his medium.  I highly recommend viewing Berry’s exhibition even to those who prefer the representational art genre.  His work extends a bridge between representational and abstract genres that can be crossed, pondered and intellectually as well as emotively explored.

Rick Berry Solo Exhibition – September 27, 2013 through October 16, 2013.

Sloane Merrill Gallery – 75 Charles Street, Boston, Massachusetts, 02114 USA www.sloanemerrillgallery.com – (617) 227-1775

www.rickberrystudio.com

Sculptor Rona Pondick: Fragmentation, Contradictions and Psychological Layering

The Opening Reception at Sonnabend Gallery in New York city on March 23, 2013 was extremely well attended with a touch of electricity in the air!  The New York sculptor Rona Pondick continues to challenge our logical sensibilities and surprise us delightfully and disturbingly, as usual.  Pondick’s latest work, White Beaver, Wallaby to name a couple, like Pondick’s earlier work, mesmerize and baffle us and yet we feel drawn in and compelled to wrestle with comprehension. 

Elements of the ancient have always been present in her work, yet her sculptures are of this time, this age.  Pondick’s ability to manipulate materials, stainless steel one of them, sets her apart in her genre.  Her sculptures created wth the illusion of skinlike textured human limbs and blended with mirror shiny steel surface animal bodies, tree trunks and branches have made her “hybrids” her signature.  Pondick explained in a recent interview with me that all the creatures “are her”, they are all “parts of her”. 

Pondick herself is warm, gracious and gentle.  Physically slight with large bright eyes and an inviting smile you find yourself caught off guard by the sense of an undercurrent of a very strong persona, a little elusive and very much in control.  Like her work, she draws you in, you know there is so much more there but she is not giving you all the answers……like life, there are just some things you need to discover for yourself……in time.

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Artist Rona Pondick – Wallaby – 2007 – 2012 Stainless Steel Edition of 3 – 24″ x 44 3/8″ x 10 7/8″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

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Artist Rona Pondick – White Beaver – 2009 – 2011 Painted Bronze Edition of 13″ x 31 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

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My interview with the sculptor Rona Pondick at Sonnabend Gallery in New York City one hour before the Opening Reception of her current exhibition on March 23, 2013.  Rona discusses her process with me as well as her relationship to the creatures “hybrids” she creates.  A personal and engaging encounter with the artist.

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Artist Rona Pondick – Ginko – 2007 – 2012 Stainless Steel Edition of 3 – 57 3/4″ x 33 3/4″ x 41″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend GAllery, New York

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Artist Rona Pondick – Head in Tree – Stainless Steel Edition of 3 plus 1 AP – 105″ x 42″ x 37″ – 2006 – 2008

My interview below was with Barbara MacAdams the Deputy Editor of Art News just before the Opening Reception of Rona Pondick’s exhibition on March 23, 2013 at Sonnabend Gallery.  Barbara has known Pondick for several years and shares her insights about the artist and her work.

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Artist Rona Pondick – Prairie Dog – 2011 – 2013 Stainless Steel Edition of 3 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

My interview with Dakin Hart, Senior Curator of Noguchi Museum discussing the anatomical elements of Rona Pondick’s sculptures and what sets her work apart from other sculptors in the contemporary art world right now.

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Additional work on exhibition at Sonnabend Gallery until May 4, 2013 below.

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Artist Rona Pondick – Dwarfed White Jack 2010 – 2012 Painted Bronze Edition of 3 – 18 1/2″ x 35″ x 23 1/2″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

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Pondick Navel

Artist Rona Pondick – Navel – 2008 – 2010 Painted Bronze Edition of 3 – 7 3/16″ x 11 1/4″ x 11 1/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

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Artist Rona Pondick – Pillow Head – 2009 Painted Bronze Edition of 3 – 10 1/4″ x 14 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

Exhibition through May 4, 2013 at Sonnabend Gallery – 536 West 22nd Street, New York, New York 10011 USA

www.sonnabendgallery.com / the artist www.ronapondick.com

In closing I want to personally thank Rona Pondick, Barbara MacAdams and Dakin Hart for their most informative and enjoyable interviews with me.  It was truly a pleasure.

Sincerely,

Ava Wright – Commentator and Blogger – Contemporary Art Globally Speaking

Artists: Altmejd, Pondick and Johnson

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Three extraordinary contemporary artists: David Altmejd, Rona Pondick and Howard B. Johnson Jr. create work that is unexpected and leaves us with a long after lingering feeling of “must see more”.

David Altmejd

David Altmejd, a New York City artist originally from Canada, is currently exhibiting his work at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.  He creates on a grand scale giving us a feeling of Alice in Wonderland.  His recent installations are clean, fresh and precision inspired towers of excellence.

David Altmejd Inthebellyofthebeast Jan 26 2012

 In the Belly of the Beast

 

 

 

 

 

David Altmejd installations from 2011 shown below.

David Altmejd untitled 2011 installation

 

David Altmejd Untitled 2011 work

 

Some of Altmejd’s earlier work from 2001 through 2009 below.

 

 

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A strong , raw sexual installation from David Altmejd’s early years in his career.

 

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Artist David Altmejd

 

 

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This installation by David Altmejd is eloquent, complicated and begs the viewer for interpretation.

 

 

 

 

Rona Pondick

 

Rona Pondick , a New York City artist, has exhibited internationally as well as at the Brooklyn Art Museum in New York and the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts in 2009.  Some of her sculptural works portray human heads on bodies of animals and human limbs as part of animal bodies.  Hair is also examined in Pondick’s sculptural works and all of her work is deeply rooted in ancient and present day societal and cultural symbolism. 

Pondick’s work transfixes the viewer, even shocks us at times, yet we find strong intellectual stimulation through emotive, internal buttons going off within ourselves like flashes and glimpses that force our imaginations to stretch as we reach to grasp.

 

Little Bathers

Little Bathers – 1990 – 1991 – Wax, Plastic and Rubber Teeth – Unique – 500 Elements, Approximately 2 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ x 4″

 

Pondick Soles

Soles – 1988 – 1989 – Wax, Stainless Steel Wool, Plastic and Shoes – Unique – 25″ x 31″ x 29″

 

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Milkman – Wax, Plastic, Canvas Pillow, Baby Bottles and Shoes – 1989 – Unique – 18 1/2″ x 34″ x 22 1/2″

 

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Marmot – Silicone Rubber – 1998 – 1999 – Edition of 6 + 1 AP + 1 Exhibition Copy 6″ x 29 1/4″ x 21″

 

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Worry Beads – 1999 – 2001 – Bronze – Edition of 6 + 1 AP 1 1/2″ x 2″ x 24″

 

 

 

 

Onto sculptural works that will be displayed at Rona Pondick’s upcoming Opening Reception of her exhibition at

Sonnabend Gallery 

536 West 22nd Street, New York, New York USA

Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

www.sonnabendgallery.com

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 Ginko – 2007 – 2012 – Stainless Steel – Edition of 3 – 57 3/4″ x 33 3/4″ x 41″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

Pondick Prairie Dog 01

 Prairie Dog – 2011 – 2013 – Stainless Steel – edition of 3 – 4 1/4″ x 7 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

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White Beaver – 2009 – 20011 – Painted Bronze – Edition of 3 – 13″ x 31 1/2″ x 9 1/4″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

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 Wallaby, 2007 – 2012 – Stainless Steel – Edition of 3 – 24″ x 44 3/8″ x 10 7/8″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

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 Dwarfed Yellow Pine – 2010 – 2012 – Painted Bronze – Unique – 26″ x 35″ x 24 1/8″ – Courtesy of Sonnabend Gallery, New York

 

 Ava Wright of Contemporary Art Globally Speaking will interview Rona Pondick at the Opening Reception at Sonnabend Gallery on March 23, 2013.  Contemporary Art Globally Speaking will be covering the event.  We hope to see you there!

 

 

Howard B. Johnson Jr.

 

Johnson, a complex artist creates art that at first glance baffles some viewers and intimidates others.  His work requires very long contemplation and the viewer finds himself/herself going back to his work repeatedly to re-examine elements of Johnson’s work that defy simplistic analysis.

 

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Bubba My Way, Bubba Your Way – 2004

 

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Im’a Mooin’, Cooin’ an’ All Eyes O’vr You – 2005

 

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She was Shown a Fish, But Became a Tree – 2005

 

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Alien Gothic – 20010

 

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Parallelism – 2011

 

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Red Lips Sink Ships – 2012

 

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Stencil – 2013

 

 

 

 

 A provocative and insightful interview that sheds a great deal of light on the fascinating life of the artist Howard B. Johnson Jr. and his precarious life during the turbulent 1960’s!

www.8thring.com 

June 2013 Howard B. Johnson Jr. will be the highlighted artist of a group exhibition at the Fitchburg Art Museum in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA.  I will be interviewing Johnson at the Opening Reception on location.  I hope to see you there!

Ava Wright – Contemporary Art Globally Speaking

 

Impactful Contemporary Artists Who Left Us in 2012

 Hans Josephsohn died in 2012. This Swiss sculptor created contemporary work that earned him a place amongst the most acclaimed artists of our times.

Hans Josephsohn created sculpture of the human form that expressed a raw emotion.

Hans Josephsohn created sculpture of the human form that expressed a raw emotion.

Sculpture - Hans Josephsohn.

Sculpture – Hans Josephsohn.

 

David Weiss, collaborated on provocative contemporary art with Peter Fischli. David will be missed.

David Weiss, collaborated on provocative contemporary art with Peter Fischli. David will be missed.

Installation collaboration between David Weiss and Peter Fischli.

Installation collaboration between David Weiss and Peter Fischli.

Also, David Weiss died this year after leaving behind some of the most powerful collaborative artistic work with Peter Fischli. David will be missed.

Mike Kelley of Los Angeles, California died in 2012. He leaves a legacy of poignant work.  He will be missed.

Mike Kelley of Los Angeles, California died in 2012. He leaves a legacy of poignant work. He will be missed.

 

Retrospective work from Mike Kelley.

Retrospective work from Mike Kelley.

MoMA PS1 Open House

MoMA PS1 in New York celebrated it’s latest exhibitions including the much anticipated “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960 – 1980” with a highly attended Open House on Sunday afternoon, October 21, 2012.  The arts community and it’s supporters responded to the exhibitions enthusiastically and many accolades were bestowed upon the acheivement of curator Kellie Jones well structured and organized exhibition of works from artists spanning the 1960s through 1980s in Black Los Angeles culture.

The following images are representative of just some of the strong and impactful works of art by several of the artists whose works are currently on display at MoMA PS1 and this commentator highly recommends a visit to this museum for an experience of rich and meaningful engagement of the visual with historical meaning that touches each of us differently, yet evokes emotion of varying degrees.  Walking through the exhibition we suddenly recall images and voices from a time in our country’s recent history that influenced our collective consciousness in profound ways and continues to show ripple effects, including this country’s first black president.

 

Among the most well received artists’ works were those of David Hammons whose work struck a strong emotive cord with many viewers of the exhibition.

Flight of Fantasy

 

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Artist Dan Concholar’s work spoke to me with rushes of flash images from a black and white television set in my parents living room when I was a child viewing the news and bewildered by what I saw; police, dogs, riots in the streets, fire hoses……

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Artist Senga Nengudi – This work is one of my personal favorites from the exhibition.  Poignant piece of work.
 
 
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Only Love Saves the Day
 
 
Artist John Outterbridge
 
 
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Urban Man

Artist Maren Hassinger – installation
 
 
Place for Nature
 
 
 

Contemporary Art Globally Speaking

Interviews Visitors of the Exhibitions

 

http://youtu.be/mB7F7vsSlOc 

 

 

 

 

 http://youtu.be/vNgcgLt9dFs

Impressionism

 

The artist Matt Connors first museum solo exhibition October 21 – December 31, 2012.

 

 

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New Pictures of Common Objects

Artists Trisha Baga and Lucas Blalock video and photography media on exhibition.  Other artists exhibiting include Josh Kline, Margaret Lee and Helen Marten.

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The Meeting

 
A musical performance in the Dome at MoMA PS1 on Sunday, October 21, 2012 that celebrated Elaine Brown of the Black Panthers and her strong and intergral role in that organization that spearheaded many civil rights activities of the 1960’s.
 
Below is an excerpt from a musical performance by musicians Malik Gaines and Charles Gaines entitled “Assassination”, an eloquent and deeply stirring number that personifies the beauty intertwined with and laced with the somberness of the the process of societal change.
 
 
 
 
 
 
In closing I would like to express graditude to the curators and organizers who created beautiful and inspiring exhibitions and to the staff of MoMA PS1 who managed the Open House flawlessly like a well orchestrated performance.  Special thanks to Rebecca Taylor, Communications Director of MoMA PS1 for inviting me to participate and report on the museum’s special day and to Zak who along with other staff members (you know who you are) assisted me on Sunday efficiently and above and beyond the call of duty, your the best!
 
The artists whose works are exhibited and with special note, from the exhibition “Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960 – 1980”, thank you for expressing yourselves artistically during one of the most politically turbulent periods of time in our country’s history.  Your contributions have helped to heal, teach and ultimately bring joy as well as mark a dark time in history and we thank you.
 
Always Yours,
 
Ava Wright
Commentator and Blogger
Contemporary Art Globally Speaking
 
Contact Information for:
 
MoMA PS1
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Long Island City, New York 11101, USA
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