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PETER WAYNE LEWIS
Action Media Video & Interviews 
 "This is Jazz, Baby," with Peter and Philip Tinari
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This year, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art presented two parallel exhibitions showcasing the works of Peter Wayne Lewis and Frederick J. Brown (1945-2012), two artists of the African diaspora whose expressive paintings draw inspiration from their respective cultural backgrounds and shared interest in jazz and spirituality. In this video, UCCA director Philip Tinari and artist Peter Wayne Lewis go inside the exhibition....Link to Video online in Sotheby's Museum Network section on Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA).
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China Daily News
“One cool cat's exhibit now on at 798's UCCA.”
2016-01-22
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by Harvey Dzodin
Jamaican-born artist Peter Wayne Lewis is one cool cat who you’ll really dig. Not the feline variety but, in the slang called "jive", associated with African-American jazz artists and which Lewis frequently uses, you just know that he is really hip. His uplifting artistry in vivid colors, using acrylic paint, reflecting his life-long association with jazz and jive...continue or download.
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The Art Newspaper China
"TANC | Buddha, jazz and quantum physics: moving between China and the United States" 
2016-01-14
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by Danyu Hsu
​"Peter Wayne Lewis : booster "and the" Frederick · J · Brown: Memory 1988" double solo exhibition on January 15, 2016 opening of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Both living and working in Beijing for many years African American artists of discrete, all of the Chinese classical culture and the arts, jazz and American abstract art has a profound understanding, two artists are still alive more Lewis put his quantum physics interest into the creations . In the "Art News / Chinese Edition" interview, Lewis talked about the history of Chinese contemporary art, as some witnesses participation, as well as jazz and immigrant status affect his creation...continue or download.
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Phoenix TV ArtIfeng.com
“Video | "abstract art" is a road unknown story: Interview with Peter Wayne Lewis”
2016-01-21
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by Li Ning Li Xing in Beijing Zebian Lee
On January 14, 2016, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art celebrated the opening of Peter Wayne Lewis and Derek J Brown. Both artists have a unique historical connection with Beijing: Brown became the first American artist to have a solo exhibition at the National Museum in China in 1988; and Lewis began writing in 2007 in the "Oasis" studio in the northern suburb of Beijing , So far nearly 10 years. Including the Peter Wayne Lewis and Frederick J Brown's double exhibition, 2016 Ullens planned many exhibitions will explore China's reform and opening up the art of the state. ...continue to the video and photos on the ArtIfeng site.
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Phoenix TV ArtIfeng.com
"Site | UCCA together, "Booster" "Memory 1988"
2016-01-15
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by Li Ning Li Xing in Beijing Zebian Lee
On January 14, 2016, the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art celebrated the 2016 exhibition with the opening of "Peter Wayne Lewis: Booster" and "Derrick J. Brown: Memory 1988". Picture. Both artists are African-American artists and have a unique relationship with Beijing: in 1988, Brown became the first American artist to hold a solo exhibition at the National Museum of China; Lewis began working in the northern suburbs of Beijing in 2007 Room "oasis" in the creation, so far nearly 10 years. His works show the two artists on the Chinese culture, jazz and American abstract art deep understanding and contact. In view of the two artists in the 80's and the Chinese art "special period" closely related to the two exhibitions also opened Ullens in 2016 one of the most important plan: focus on the exploration of China's reform and opening up the early art ecology. The exhibition will continue until March 13, 2016....continue to the video and photos on the ArtIfeng site.
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Artron.net News
“First American Artist to enter China appeared again with Peter Wayne Lewis Boosters.”
2016­01­14 22:19:22
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by Zhuangao, Editor: Xiong Xiaoyi
January 13, UCCA hosted two African-American dual solo artist. One of them, Frederick J. Brown (1945-2012), was the first American abstract expressionist artist to enter China. In 1988, Brown was the first American artist to hold a solo exhibition at the former Chinese Revolution Museum (now the National Museum of China). The exhibition presents some of his works and related historical documentary material. Another American artist...continue or download.
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Action Media Video & Interviews
"Trailer: UCCA Installing the Exhibition, Peter Wayne Lewis & Frederick J. Brown"
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2016-01-13
In the past decade, American painter Peter Wayne Lewis (born in 1953, Jamaica) created most of his work in his studio, "Oasis", in the northern suburb of Beijing. The exhibition focuses on 15 of the artist's two major series, the "Monk Rhythm Suite" (2013) and "Buddha Play Munch" (2012-2015). In these two series, its unique abstract language has undergone an unexpected transformation, the transformation stems from the artist's experience in China, as well as the serenity of Monk's music ...continue to Action Media's site.
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TimeOut Beijing
"Quantum jazz" 
March 2016, pages 42-43
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by Josh Feola
Interview with Peter: What about working in Beijing has fueled your creative process? How have you seen the city change in the decade you’ve been coming here? It’s been amazing to see the architecture of Beijing evolve and shift in such a dramatic way over the years. Galleries and studios change frequently, but this is a testament to the vitality of the place. It’s fascinating to me to work here, not speaking the language, but communicating gesturally to the community...continue or download.
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Black Renaissance Noir
"Multilogues for The Human" 
Volume 15, Issue 2, Fall 2015, pages 116-127
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By Dr. Babacar M'Bow
In exploring the work of Peter Wayne Lewis through the articulations that grid it, we enter the debates on artistic practices and invite a move beyond given limitations to more expansive visions...Beijing Booster a survey of works by Peter Wayne Lewis at the Museum of Contemporary Art of North Miami is not an advertisement of a conformist individualism. Rather, it is a privileging of a more discreet approach by an artist whose work retains a real liberating dimension. ...continue or download article...  More about the magazine: Link to online volumeLink to BRN e-Store.
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Biscayne Times
"MOCA Goes Global"
October 2015
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By Mark Sell
The exhibit of works by Kingston-born Peter Wayne Lewis includes colorful, jazzy acrylics on linen and rice paper, riffing off the internal patterns of our double helixes, chromosomes, and synapses, playing on science and our common humanity. When Mayor Smith Joseph welcomed him on September 12, he said, “This is life!” ... continue or download
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Peter Wayne Lewis. The Beautiful Brain
"26 Feb–4 Apr 2015 at Skoto Gallery, New York", Wall Street International
February 2015
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Skoto Gallery is pleased to present The Beautiful Brain, an exhibition of recent paintings by the Jamaica-American artist Peter Wayne Lewis. This will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery. The artist will be at the reception on Thursday, February 26th, 6-8pm.

Peter Wayne Lewis's recent work continues his profound interest in the exploration of strategies that seek to expand the context surrounding the nature of painting as well as the tradition of American abstract art. .... continue or download
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"PETER WAYNE LEWIS: A Multi-logue for the human"
January 2013
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By Dr. Babacar M'Bow

In exploring the work of Peter Wayne Lewis, through the articulation that grids it, we enter the debate on artistic practice and invite a move beyond given limitations to more expansive visions of humanity. If artistic practice does not want to go around in circles, it must exhibit transversality as it searches for that elusive elsewhere; exogenous aesthetics, beyond hybridity to new thought. Painting from Middle Earth 4 the exhibition of works by Peter Wayne Lewis at Skoto Gallery is not a publicizing of a conformist individualism. It rather is a privileging of a more discreet approach of an artist whose work retains a real liberating dimension.... continue or download
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"Blue and Green: Some Notes on the Work of Peter Wayne Lewis"
Fall 2012
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By Stacey Duff

An artical that Peter Wayne Lewis, along with articles about other notable artists who have worked in China, such as Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons are included ... continue or download
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CapRadio Capitol Chat
“Interview: Peter Wayne Lewis' paintings from the Middle Earth.”
November 11, 2011
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Interview with Peter Wayne lewis about his exhibition at JayJay Gallery... continue to listen.
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Victoria Dalkey: The Sacramento Bee
"Two artists with impressive résumés show works.”
November 29, 2011
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Oliver Jackson and Peter Wayne Lewis have a few things in common. Both are abstractionists and both do works that come from a process that is intuitive, meditative and improvisational. 
Further, both have strong academic credentials. Jackson taught at California State University, Sacramento, for 30 years. Lewis teaches at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.
Despite all the commonalities, the two artists' works are as different as night and day. ...continue or download.
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David M. Roth: Square Cylinder.com
"Peter Wayne Lewis @ JAYJAY."
December 8, 2011
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The relationship between jazz and abstract painting is longstanding. The infatuation began in the ’20s, when European Modernists embraced New Orleans jazz and Swing and then blossomed at mid-century when Abstract Expressionists fell head-over-heels for Bebop. That the affair continues, unabated and global, testifies to the potency of cross-disciplinary influences. No other art form has had as strong an influence on painting as jazz. 

Which is why, when I learned about Peter Wayne Lewis, my antennae went up...continue or download. 
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The Boston Globe
Home / News / World
"From Bay State to Beijing"
August 6, 2008
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"Peter Wayne Lewis...a professor at the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, uses his non-teaching time to paint in his Beijing studio and help run a gallery in the 798 Art Zone, known as the Soho of Beijing. He said the "explosive" contemporary art scene here prompted him to... continue or download
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  The Sacramento Bee
"'Black' - and beautiful: 40 acres exhibit of locally owned art is a revelation'"
July 11, 2008
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By Victoria Dalkey - Bee Art Correspondent 

"Looking at "Black: A Celebration of African American Art in Sacramento-Area Collections," you see strong evidence of the sleuthing skills of Kim Curry-Evans, director of the 40 Acres Gallery in Oak Park...
...the show ranges from edgier works such as internationally renowned artist Robert Colescott's "Life Class," which addresses racial, social and political stereotypes, to pure abstractions by UC Davis professor Mike Henderson and Jamaican-born East Coast artist Peter Wayne Lewis, who grew up in Sacramento. ... continue or download
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  The Sacramento Bee
Entertainment - Sacticket / Art Galleries
"Just call it 'Pre-modern'"
February 8, 2008
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By Marcus Crowder

What happens when you combine African cave paintings, theoretical physics and Thelonious Monk? You get a Peter Wayne Lewis painting. His paintings are both primal and esoteric, with an unusual but definitive rhythm... continue or download
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The Sacramento Bee
"Critic's Pick"
January, 2008
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Victoria Dalkey, Bee Art Correspondent

Jamaican-born, internationally exhibited artist Peter Wayne Lewis returns to Sacramento, where he once made his home, for a pair of overlapping exhibitions at JayJay (through Feb. 23) and 40 Acres (Jan. 29 - Mar. 29)..... continue or download
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"In the studio of Peter Wayne Lewis"
July/August, 2007
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Interview By: Ruth Hardinger and C. Michael Norton

Luminous swathes of color dance on canvases ganged together forming rectangular grids that cover most of the walls of Lewis’s studio. A large table crowds the center of the space, that cover most of the walls of Lewis’s studio. A large table crowds the center of the space, another holds a mountain of worked brushes and squeezed paint tubes suggestive of the gritty materiality. We are engulfed by the presence and scale of the large paintings, partly because we can only stand a few feet back from them. Peter picks up a photo of an aged Caribbean woman in a flower-printed dress.... continue or download
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"Star Matter"
December 17, 2006
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Interview By: Dr. Jonathan Greenland

Peter Wayne Lewis is an artist living and working between Boston and Jamaica. His entry in the exhibition Jamaican Biennial 2006, titled 'Booster 61', is composed of acrylic on paper. Here he discusses his work with Dr. Jonathan Greenland, executive director of the National Gallery of Jamaica..... continue or download
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NYArts Magazine
"Graceful Spontaneity in Peter Wayne Lewis’s Painting"
November, 2006
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By: Ding Ning

"My American colleague Professor David Carrier wrote to me that I might find time in my summer vacation to have a look at his friend Peter Wayne Lewis’s one-person show underway in Beijing. ...when I first saw Lewis’s paintings, I was almost instantly intrigued by them. His works looked extremely individual and refreshingly lyrical. Obviously, they deserved a better place to show and a much bigger Chinese audience... continue or download
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New York Times > ART IN REVIEW
Peter Wayne Lewis@ Rosenberg + Kaufman, NYC
May 9, 2003
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By: Roberta Smith

Peter Wayne Lewis paints in a completely familiar hybrid style that might be called Color Field automatism, or Minimalist Lyrical Abstraction. Its saving graces include an impressively unpretentious and sophisticated ease of touch, a taste for clear, sparkling color and a penchant for self-evident structure. His closest ally among contemporary painters would seem to be Mary Heilmann; one can picture Pollock, but also Milton Avery, among his heroes. 

Part of the pleasure of these works is their ease of deconstruction. The perpendicular or repeating bands of color and occasional Tanguyesque squiggles with which Mr. Lewis intrudes upon stark white grounds broach no reworking. This means that, with a little looking, one understands how those marks got there: the order of appearance, the breadth of brush used, the occasional mingling of colors on the brush, even the body English of the artist.

When the compositions get more complicated, the clarity of process declines and another kind does not always take over. An exception is "Strings No. 154," a passage of decorative lyricism in which a scaffolding of blue and black lines is punctuated with dots of blue, green, orange and yellow, applied with fat commalike twists of the brush.  (Downloadable / Printable version) (Link to NY Times.com)
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NY Arts Magazine
Peter Wayne Lewis "Strings" @ Rosenberg + Kaufman 
June 2003
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By: Veerle Poupeye

Should I start this review by mentioning that Peter Wayne Lewis is a Jamaican, who came to the USA many years ago after living in Panama? Doing so may impose a particular set of readings on his work, shaped by common  and usually very narrow  assumptions about the sort of work Caribbean (or African Diaspora) artists should produce. As an art historian specialized in the Caribbean, I know these assumptions all too well: artists of Caribbean origin are expected to be concerned with culturally specific subject matter and their work must be rooted in postcolonial racial and cultural politics. The only question that matters here, however, is whether such assumptions provide a useful lens to understand Peter Wayne Lewis's new Strings paintings and, clearly, that's not the case. The exhibition press release states that the paintings represent a new step in Peter's ongoing exploration of pictorial space and makes justifiable reference to his 'compositional mastery and superb drawing skills.' Does this formalist emphasis mean that Peter is a 'New York artist,' whatever that may mean today, who just happens to be from Jamaica? Not quite, either. The Strings paintings are deeply subjective works, which are therefore in some way linked to his Jamaicanness and personal history, but trying to explain the paintings exclusively in such terms would be reductive.  ... continue or download
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Abstract Art Online
Gallery Views/SoHo 
April 28, 2003
Peter Wayne Lewis@ Rosenberg + Kaufman, NYC
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By: Joseph Walentini

Peter Wayne Lewis has a spectacular show of new work at Rosenberg + Kaufman that is a major departure from his last show in the same space. The new paintings serve up a brilliant blend of gesture and reductivism in which both conspire to support each other. ...Yet in painting after painting Lewis manages to get it right.  ...continue or download  In truth Lewis leaves himself exposed in this work - he takes a huge risk in attempting to extract so much out of such few elements.  But the artist rises to the challenge and the razor-edge stance is what makes the work and permeates it with meaning.
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Formed in Darkness, Born into the Light
Peter Wayne Lewis talks about his New Paintings, "Fields"
April 2000
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By: David Carrier

  Peter Wayne Lewis is a lyrical painterly painter who extends the grand tradition of American Abstract Expressionism.  His painting is hot, emotional and personal.  Recently New York painting has been a beleaguered art form and most of the prominent young painters are ironical and distanced.  Peter is not interested in irony or indirectness.  His art, full of feeling, is very immediate.  What gives a highly personal twist to his paintings is what he describes as the "language of my body in the generation of these images."  These descriptions of Peter may make him sound like an outsider.  His sensibility, it is true, is unlike that dominant in painting right now.  But as a teacher, and an active participant in the New York art world, he is very much an insider.  Son of a jazz musician, he associates the rhythms of his art with music as disparate as that of Beethoven, John Coltrane, and Duke Ellington.  Widely exhibited and well traveled in Europe, Japan and America, he is a cosmopolitan personality.  His highly distinctive art is an amalgam of African, American and European sources.  As this interview shows, he reads widely. He knows his art history, and he takes a serious interest in physics.  Out of this rich intellectual and visual culture, he creates something essentially his own.

One of the most rewarding tasks for the critic is getting to know a highly articulate first-rate painter.  Talking with Peter was very exciting for me and that excitement is communicated in this interview.  Our discussion provides a useful perspective on his concerns.  But in the end, to understand Peter's achievement you must use our discussion as your starting point.  I did that.  After we talked, I went back to look again at his paintings.  I had learned from him  I saw more.  Peter is a grandly ambitious artist.  His new work is bold, deeply creative and highly original.  His painting matters.   ... continue or download
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New Art Examiner
"Accumulations: School of Art Gallery, Kent State University, OH"
March April 2002, 
Vol 29 No. 4, page 76
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By: Douglas Max Utter 

 Excerpt: "More painterly but no less off-beat was Peter Wayne Lewis's large work whose nine sections form an over sized window opening onto paint that soakes hotly into paper.  Brown squigly passages recall lower intestines, others clearly depict oversized burnt matches. Laura Ownes also pushes hard agains aesthetic hierarchies." ...continue or download
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Review
April 15, 2000
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By: Jeanne Wilkinson

These are two strong exhibitions by abstract painters who create cohesive and compelling visions.  Both also have unique personal histories  Peter Wayne Lewis, son of a jazz musician, was born in Jamaica and lived in Panama and California before coming east as an adult.  ...continue or download
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Art & Antiques
October 1997
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By: George Melrod

Born in Jamaica, and now based in New Jersey, the painter Peter Wayne Lewis creates bold geometries that playfully examine the juxtaposition of colors and the flatness of pictorial space.  Centered by rectangles of color, his compositions fuse crisp shapes and energetic textures, giving the works a subtle musical rhythm (Lewis's father was a jazz pianist).  ...continue or download

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Abstract Art Online
Gallery Views/SoHo 
April 4, 2000
Peter Wayne Lewis@ Rosenberg + Kaufman Inc. NYC
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By: Joseph Walentini

These paintings are concerned with the illusionary aspects of visual space.  Lewis achieves this in two ways. The first is through an active treatment of forms and color, which, among other things, includes the suggestion of a classical rendering of space. ...continue or download
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L. A. Weekly
L. A. Art Scene 
August 17-23, 1984
Peter Wayne Lewis and Others at Factory Place Gallery
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By: Leslie Wolf

...Lewis' 18 canvases constitute some of the smartest painting being done on the West Coast right now.  They display enormous poise and precision, and are built equally on analysis and intuition.  I left this exhibition feeling I'd had a rare look at genius. ...continue or download
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