Verbal/Visual: The Texts and Influences Behind Mason’s MFA Artists

Ceci Cole-McInturff’s picks:

True Perception by Judith L. Lief (Editor); Chögyam Trungpa
Call Number: BQ4570.A72 T78 2008
ISBN: 9781590305881
Publication Date: 2008-11-11
Genuine art has the power to awaken and liberate. The renowned meditation master and artist Chögyam Trungpa called this type of art “dharma art”—any creative work that springs from an awakened state of mind, characterized by directness, unselfconsciousness, and nonaggression. Dharma art provides a vehicle to appreciate the nature of things as they are and express it without any struggle or desire to achieve.

 

Montien Boonma by Montien Boonma; Apinan Poshyananda; Asia Society, Museum Staff (Contribution by); Asia Ink (London, England) Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: N7323.B66 A4 2003
ISBN: 0953783928
Publication Date: 2003-04-02
“I want the space inside the Buddha image to be a place of refuge for viewers seeking calmness and contentment,” said Montien Boonma, the preeminent Thai artist, considered by some to be the face of Buddhism in contemporary art. In the troubled and turbulent context that was life at the end of the 20th century, Boonma explored art as a space of refuge and peace. His inspiration derived from his Buddhist faith and his own spiritual quest, which he communicated to the viewer through drawings, mixed media works, and installations.

 

Wolfgang Laib by Klaus Ottmann; Wolfgang Laib; Margit Rowell; American Federation of Arts Staff; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Staff
Call Number: N6888 .L29 A4 2000
ISBN: 1885444141
Publication Date: 2000-09-01

Women in Praise of the Sacred by Jane Hirshfield (Editor)
Call Number: PN6109.9 .W65 1994
ISBN: 0060169877
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
Presents women’s spiritual life as it has been expressed in poems, prayers and songs from the world’s earliest known author (a Sumerian moon priestess) up to the first half of the 20th century, drawing from the major religious traditions of East and West, as well as several indigenous cultures.

 

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche; Patrick Gaffney (Editor); Andrew Harvey (Editor)
Call Number: BQ7640 .S64 1994
ISBN: 0062508342
Publication Date: 2012-06-26
“What is it I hope for from this book? To inspire a quiet revolution in the whole way we look at health and care for the dying, and the whole way we look at life and care for the living.” This acclaimed spiritual masterpiece is widely regarded as one of the most complete and authoritative presentations of the Tibetan Buddhist teachings ever written.

Jay Hendrick’s picks:

Call Number: QA9.8 .H63 1980
ISBN: 0394745027
Publication Date: 1980-09-12

Drawing from the Modern by Jordan Kantor
Call Number: NC89 .D73 2004 v. 3
ISBN: 0870706659
Publication Date: 2005-09-15

Art and Discontent by Thomas McEvilley
Call Number: BH39 .M434 1993
ISBN: 0929701313
Publication Date: 1993-04-01
In these six essays, Thomas McEvilley tackles the aesthetics of formalism and proceeds to shed new light on the roots of Modernism and the collapse of the idea of history. The world-renowned critic confronts the ideas and philosophies which for two centuries have exalted art above constructive involvement in the world, and proposes a new vision for the critical enterprise.

Melissa Hill’s picks:

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn
Call Number: Q 175 .K8S8
ISBN: 226458032
Publication Date: 1970

The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene
Call Number: QC794.6.S85 G75 1999
ISBN: 0393046885
Publication Date: 1999-02-01
This work relates the scientific story behind 20th-century physics’ search for a theory of everything. Through the use of metaphor and analogy, this work makes some of the most sophisticated concepts accessible, aiming to bring the reader closer to an understanding of how the universe works.

Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity by Richard McKay Rorty
Call Number: P106 .R586 1989
ISBN: 0521353815
Publication Date: 1989-02-24
In this book, major American philosopher Richard Rorty argues that thinkers such as Nietzsche, Freud, and Wittgenstein have enabled societies to see themselves as historical contingencies, rather than as expressions of underlying, ahistorical human nature, or as realizations of suprahistorical goals.

The Art and Thought of Heraclitus by Charles H. Kahn (Editor)
Call Number: B223 .K3
ISBN: 0521218837
Publication Date: 1979-12-13
Behind the superficial obscurity of what fragments we have of Heraclitus’ thought, Professor Kahn claims that it is possible to detect a systematic view of human existence, a theory of language which sees ambiguity as a device for the expression of multiple meaning, and a vision of human life and death within the larger order of nature.

Nathan Loda’s picks:

Andrew Wyeth by Richard Meryman
Call Number: ND237.W93 M4 1996
ISBN: 0060171138
Publication Date: 1900-01-01
“A revelation. No one will ever view Andrew Wyeth’s apparently tranquil works the same way again after reading this vivid and astonishing portrait of the turbulent, driven man who paints them. Richard Meryman has written a wonderful book.” – Geoffrey C. Ward

 

The Old, Weird America by Greil Marcus
Call Number: ML420.D98 M162 2011
ISBN: 9780312572914
Publication Date: 2011-04-26
This is Greil Marcus’s acclaimed book on the secret music made by Bob Dylan and the Band in 1967, which introduced a phrase that has become part of the culture: “the old, weird America.” It is this country that the book maps—the “playground of God, Satan, tricksters, Puritans, confidence men, illuminati, braggarts, preachers, anonymous poets of all stripes” (Luc Sante, New York magazine). In honor of Dylan’s seventieth birthday, this special edition includes a new introduction, an updated discography, and a cover featuring never-before-seen photographs of the legendary recording sessions.


The Meaning of Wilderness by Sigurd F. Olson; David Backes (Contribution by)
Call Number: QH102 .O386 2001
ISBN: 0816637083
Publication Date: 2001-06-08
“Sigurd F. Olson was one of the most important environmentalists of the twentieth century, and his wilderness writing has been beloved by generations of readers. In The Meaning of Wilderness, many of his magazine articles and speeches, written from 1928 to 1973, are gathered together and present the evolution of his thinking and experience of wilderness.”–BOOK JACKET.

 

Call Number: DVD ND237.B273 L54 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Explores the life and work of American artist Bo Bartlett who examines modern life on an heroic scale. Weaving together images from over 40 paintings, dozens of family photographs, new footage and home movies, this film documents the artists and landscapes that have inspired and shaped his career to date.

Anne Smith’s picks:

Call Number: PS3563.E75 A6 2014
ISBN: 9781556594533
Publication Date: 2014-03-18
Merwin’s masterfully refined, meditative poems stem from his dwelling mindfully in one beloved place and handling words as though they are seeds, flowers, stones, and water. Merwin has attained a transcendent and transformative elevation of beaming perception, exquisite balance, and clarifying beauty.

Georges Seurat by Jodi Hauptman; Karl Buchberg; Georges Seurat
Call Number: NC248.S4 A4 2007
ISBN: 9780870707179
Publication Date: 2007-11-01

 

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard; John R. Stilgoe (Foreword by)
Call Number: B2430.B253 P6313 1994
ISBN: 0807064734
Publication Date: 1994-04-01
The Poetics of Space is one of the most appealing and lyrical explorations of home. Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories, and dreams.

Raphael Warshaw’s picks:

Memory, Brain and Belief by Daniel L. Schacter (Editor); Elaine Scarry (Editor)
Call Number: QP406 .M44 2000
ISBN: 0674000617
Publication Date: 2002-06-28
“The Scientific Research literature on memory is enormous. Yet until now no single book has focused on the complex interrelationships of memory and belief. This book brings together eminent scholars from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, literature, and medicine to discuss such provocative issues as “false memories,” in which people can develop vivid recollections of events that never happened; retrospective biases, in which memories of past experiences are influenced by one’s current beliefs; and implicit memory, or the way in which non-conscious influences of past experience shape current beliefs.”–BOOK JACKET

Patterns of Childhood by Christa Wolf; Ursule Molinaro (Translator); Hedwig Rappolt (Translator)
ISBN: 9780374518448
Publication Date: 1984-07-01

Other books related to this exhibit:

Martin Puryear by Margo A. Crutchfield; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Staff
Call Number: NB237.P84 A4 2001
ISBN: 0917046587
Publication Date: 2001-07-01
Since the mid-1970s, Puryear has created a body of sculpture that builds on the tradition of organic abstraction. Carrying this tradition forward, Puryear incorporates a minimalist simplicity of form and an emphasis on process and materials that aligns him with postminimalist sculptors.
Searching for Memory by Daniel L. Schacter
Call Number: BF371 .S29 1996
ISBN: 0465025021
Publication Date: 1996-05-30
Memory. There may be nothing more important to human beings than our ability to enshrine experience and recall it. While philosophers and poets have elevated memory to an almost mystical level, psychologists have struggled to demystify it. Now, according to Daniel Schacter, one of the most distinguished memory researchers, the mysteries of memory are finally yielding to dramatic, even revolutionary, scientific breakthroughs.

 

The Anatomy of Memory by James McConkey (Editor)
Call Number: BF371 .A52 1996
ISBN: 0195078411
Publication Date: 1996-04-04
In The Anatomy of Memory James McConkey has assembled a rich selection of writings that illuminate the nature of memory and the varied roles it plays in our lives. Ranging from the scientific to the humanistic–from “hardwiring” and the complex functions of the brain, to the value of memory in human life–The Anatomy of Memory brings us insights from some of the most revered writers and thinkers of the past and present.

 

Mind and Variability by Patrick McNamara
Call Number: BF371 .M385 1999
ISBN: 0275963837
Publication Date: 1999-06-30
Mental Darwinism, a new approach to the study of mental phenomena, applies selectionist ideas to problems of mind and behavior. McNamara challenges the instructivist view that memories occur when information from the environment is transferred into the mind.

 

The Mnemonic Imagination by Emily Keightley; Michael Pickering
Call Number: BF371 .K45 2012
ISBN: 9780230243361
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
Exploring the creative dimensions of memory and remembering, Emily Keightley and Michael Pickering tackle some of the key questions facing the emergent field of memory studies, including the nature of the relationship between memory and experience and between individual and collective memory.

 

Ghosts in the Mind’s Machine by Stephen M. Kosslyn
Call Number: BF367 .K66 1983
ISBN: 0393952576
Publication Date: 1983-11-01

 

Forgetting by Sergio Della Sala (Editor)
Call Number: BF378.F7 F67 2010
ISBN: 9781848720121
Publication Date: 2010-06-21
Memory and forgetting are inextricably intertwined. In order to understand how memory works we need to understand how and why we forget. The topic of forgetting is therefore hugely important, despite the fact that it has often been neglected in comparison with other features of memory. This volume addresses various aspects of forgetting, drawing from several disciplines, including experimental and cognitive psychology, cognitive and clinical neuropsychology, behavioural neuroscience, neuroimaging, clinical neurology, and computational modeling.

 

Key Writings by Henri Bergson; Keith Ansell-Pearson (Editor); John Mullarkey; John Mullarkey (Editor)
Call Number: B2430.B381 A57 2002
ISBN: 0826457282
Publication Date: 2002-04-22
This volume brings together generous selections from his major texts: Time and Free Will, Matter and Memory, Creative Evolution, Mind-Energy, The Creative Mind, The Two Sources of Morality and Religion and Laughter. In addition it features material from the Melanges never before translated in English, such as the correspondence between Bergson and William James. The volume will be an excellent textbook for pedagogic purposes and a helpful source book for philosophers working across the analytic/continental divide.

 

Wilderness and the American Mind by Roderick Frazier Nash; Char Miller (Foreword by)
Call Number: E169.1 .N37 2014
ISBN: 9780300190380
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Roderick Nash’s classic study of changing attitudes toward wilderness during American history, as well as the origins of the environmental and conservation movements, has received wide acclaim since its initial publication in 1967.

 

Narratives and Spaces by David E. Nye
Call Number: E169.1 .N816 1997
ISBN: 0231111967
Publication Date: 2000-05-08
David E. Nye examines the interaction of technology, space, and American narrative, arguing against the idea that technology is an inevitable and insidious controller of our lives.

 

American Wilderness by Michael Lewis (Editor)
Call Number: GF503 .A64 2007
ISBN: 9780195174144
Publication Date: 2007-03-08
This collected volume of original essays proposes to address the state of scholarship on the political, cultural, and intellectual history of Americans responses to wilderness from first contact to the present. While not bringing a synthetic narrative to wilderness, the volume will gather competing interpretations of wilderness in historical context.

 

Body Matters by Avril Horner (Editor); Angela Keane (Editor); Horner
Call Number: HQ1190 .B625 2000
ISBN: 0719054680
Publication Date: 2000-05-12
Why do bodies matter? This collection of essays by feminists working in literary and cultural studies addresses this question from a range of theoretical perspectives. The collection includes essays by internationally-recognized critics who discuss current theoretical debates with sustained analysis of literary and other kinds of textual representations of “the body.” The essays are organized into sections which consider the “matter” of the body from different and often conflicting perspectives.

 

Feminism and the Biological Body by Lynda Birke
Call Number: HQ1190 .B56 2000
ISBN: 0813528232
Publication Date: 2000-02-01

 

Body Work by Debra L. Gimlin
Call Number: HQ1220.U5 G56 2002
ISBN: 0520228561
Publication Date: 2002-01-02
Today women are lifting weights to build muscle, wrapping their bodies in seaweed to reduce unwanted water retention, attending weigh-ins at diet centers, and devoting themselves to many other types of “body work.” Filled with the voices of real women, this book unravels the complicated emotional and intellectual motivations that drive them as they confront American culture’s unreachable beauty ideals.

 

Beliefs, Bodies, and Being by Karen Barad (Contribution by); Annemie Halsema (Contribution by); Deborah Orr; Lanei M. Rodemeyer (Contribution by); Bettina Schmitz (Contribution by); Margrit Shildrick (Contribution by); Kathe Trettin (Contribution by); Veronica Vasterling (Contribution by); Saskia Wendel (Contribution by); Louise Burchill (Contribution by); Tonja van den Endej (Contribution by); Kathleen Earle; Eileen Kahl; Linda López McAlister
Call Number: HQ1190 .B465 2006
ISBN: 0742514153
Publication Date: 2006-04-06
InBelief, Bodies, and Being, twelve distinguished contributors present diverse and illuminating viewpoints on feminist issues of embodiement, materialism, and agency from feminist and postmodernist philosophical perspectives. Beginnning by positing non-traditional ways of approaching ontological concerns (through the acknowledgement of agential realties and the usage of an ontology of tropes), the volume concludes by addressing highly specific, culturally constituted types of postmodern bodies (monstrous, anorexic, and pharmaceutical bodies).

 

Cosmodolphins by Mette Bryld; Nina Lykke
Call Number: HQ1190 .B78 2000
ISBN: 1856498166
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
This book includes interviews with astrologers, wilderness guides, dolphin trainers and academic staff of space agencies from both Russia and the US. It illustrates how all three icons partly reproduce and partly alter the earlier, colonial self-other dichotomy of woman, native, nature against the civilized masculine self. It thus forms an excellent introduction to feminist cultural studies as well as shedding new light on the culture of the space race.

 

Ends of the Earth by W. S. Merwin
Call Number: PS3563.E75 E53 2004
ISBN: 1593760302
Publication Date: 2004-03-30
W. S. Merwin is widely acknowledged as one of the finest living poets in English. Less well known is the power and range of his work in prose. For his first new prose collection in more than ten years, The Ends of the Earth, Merwin has gathered eight essays that show the breadth of his imagination and sympathy.

 

Houses and Travellers by W. S. Merwin
Call Number: PS3563.E75 H6
ISBN: 0689108176
Publication Date: 1977-08-01

 

Unframed Originals by W. S. Merwin
Call Number: PS3563.E75 Z476 2005
ISBN: 1593760345
Publication Date: 2004-11-30
In this haunting, elegantly written memoir, W. S. Merwin recalls in utterly unsentimental prose his youth, growing up in a repressed Presbyterian household in the small river towns of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The complex portrait that emerges of a family without language or history, transforms the story of their isolated lives into the development of a writer’s conscience and a warning about the fate of a middle class eager to obliterate origins.

 

Painters and the American West by Joan C. Troccoli; Sarah Anschutz Hunt
Call Number: ND1441.5 .T76 2000
ISBN: 0300087225
Publication Date: 2000-08-11
A wide variety of artists are represented in this visual tour of the Anschutz collection, regarded as the finest group of paintings of the American West still in private hands. Troccoli examines these paintings as aesthetic objects rather than historical documents. The book coincides with the traveling exhibition starting in October in Denver. 25 b&w, 230 color illustrations.

 

Picturing History by William S. Ayres (Introduction by); Michael G. Kammen (Foreword by); Rizzoli Staff
Call Number: ND1441 .P53 1993
ISBN: 9780847817450
Publication Date: 1993-10-15

 

Art:21 by Susan Sollins (Introduction by, Interviewed By); Marybeth Sollins (Editor)
Call Number: N6512.7 .A765 2009
ISBN: 9780615308364
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
What if work by 21 prominent contemporary artists could be described in terms of familiar topics rather than specialised mumbo-jumbo? That was the idea behind this book. Each of the essayists takes a particular topic as the launching point for discussions of a varied group of American artists.

 

 

Doubt by Richard Shiff
Call Number: N6512.5.M63 S54 2008
ISBN: 9780415973083
Publication Date: 2007-11-26
In an age where art history’s questions are now expected to receive answers, Richard Shiff presents a challenging alternative. In this essential new addition to James Elkins’s series Theories of Modernism and Postmodernism in the Visual Arts, Richard Shiff embraces doubt as a critical tool and asks how particular histories of art have come to be. Shiff’s turn to doubt is not a retreat to relativism, but rather an insistence on clear thinking about art.

 

New Image Sculpture by Rene Paul Barilleaux (Text by); Eleanor Heartney (Text by); McNay Art Museum Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: NB202.6 .B37 2011
ISBN: 9780916677558
Publication Date: 2011-03-31
As our culture relocates into digital realms, numerous artists have returned to a studio practice grounded in “doing” and “making.” New Image Sculptureunites the work of artists who freely borrow from the worlds of ethnographic and material culture, folk art, fashion, hobby crafts, DIY and the shelves of Home Depot.

 

 

Wildlife in American Art by National Museum of Wildlife Art Staff (Contribution by); Adam Duncan Harris
Call Number: N7660 .N318 2009
ISBN: 9780806140155
Publication Date: 2009-10-26
The first European artist-naturalists to tour North America in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were awed not only by the continent’s varying landforms but also by the animals they encountered: vast herds of buffalo, majestic horned stags, a bewildering variety of birds. The earliest sketches depicting these fauna began the remarkable tradition of wildlife in American art, a tradition that evolved along with the United States as a nation and still thrives today.

 

Themes in Contemporary Art by Gill Perry (Editor); Paul Wood (Editor)
Call Number: N6494.P66 T48 2004
ISBN: 0300101430
Publication Date: 2004-08-11
This work discusses the art of the final third of the twentieth century. In seven related chapters, it looks at different aspects of the postmodernism that has dominated art since the 1960s.

 

Vitamin 3-D by Phaidon Press Editors; Jens Hoffmann; Laura Hoptman; Adriano Pedrosa
Call Number: NB198.6 .V58 2009
ISBN: 071484974X
Publication Date: 2009-05-23
Following the successful reception of Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting, Vitamin D: New Perspectives in Drawing and Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography, Vitamin 3-D aims to create a lively and informative survey of contemporary sculpture and installation from around the globe. With 120 artists selected by 40 nominators, Vitamin 3-D will be an up-to-the-minute guide to the best artists working in three dimensions.

 

Karl Bodmer’s America Revisited by Robert M. Lindholm (Photographer); W. Raymond Wood (Intro and Notes by); Karl Bodmer (Photographer); David C. Hunt (Foreword by)
Call Number: TR660.5 .L56 2013
ISBN: 9780806138312
Publication Date: 2013-07-05
Less than thirty years after Lewis and Clark completed their epic journey, Prince Maximilian of Wied–a German naturalist–and his entourage set off on their own daring expedition across North America. Accompanying the prince on this 1832-34 voyage was Swiss artist Karl Bodmer, whose drawings and watercolors–designed to illustrate Maximilian’s journals–now rank among the great treasures of nineteenth-century American art.

 

Landmark by William A. Ewing
Call Number: TR660.5 .E95 2014
ISBN: 9780500544334
Publication Date: 2014-09-16
Landscape photography has traveled far from its origins in the picturesque or pastoral. It is at the cutting edge of contemporary image-making with leading photographers creating work that transcends definitions of “art” or “documentary.” This is the first truly international survey of a vibrant, burgeoning field of photography, its masterful image-makers, and their work.

 

Photography and Landscape by Rod Giblett; Juha Tolonen
Call Number: TR660 .G54 2012
ISBN: 9781841504728
Publication Date: 2012-05-15
With a focus on the settler societies of the United States and Australia, Photography and Landscape is a new critical account of landscape photography created through a unique collaboration between a photography writer and a landscape photographer. Beginning with the frontier days of the American West, the subsequent century-long popularity of landscape photography is exemplified by images from Carleton Watkins to Ansel Adams, the New Topographics to Richard Misrach, all of whose works are considered here.

 

Pictorial Guide to the Stars by Henry C. Kingh
Call Number: QB43.K5 P5
ISBN: 9780690625134
Publication Date: 1967-09-01

 

Catalogue of the Universe by Outlet Book Company Staff; Random House Value Publishing Staff
Call Number: QB44.2 .M869 1979b
ISBN: 0517536161
Publication Date: 1982-09-27

 

The Book of Universes by John D. Barrow
Call Number: QB981 .B2796 2011
ISBN: 9780393081213
Publication Date: 2011-06-20
Einstein’s theory of general relativity opens the door to other universes, and weird universes at that: universes that allow time travel, universes where you can see the back of your head, universes that spin and bounce or multiply without limit. The Book of Universes gives us a stunning tour of these potential universes, introducing us along the way to the brilliant physicists and mathematicians who first revealed their startling possibilities.

 

Origins by Yves Coppens; Hubert Reeves; Joel de Rosney; Dominique Simonnet
Call Number: QB981 .P6713 2012
ISBN: 9781611455076
Publication Date: 2012-06-01
Three eminent scientists ponder the basic questions that have obsessed humankind for ages and offer enlightening answers.

 

Elements of String Cosmology by Maurizio Gasperini
Call Number: QB981 .G337 2007
ISBN: 9780521868754
Publication Date: 2007-07-26
The standard cosmological picture of our Universe emerging from a ‘big bang’ leaves open many fundamental questions which string theory, a unified theory of all forces of nature, should be able to answer. This 2007 text was the first dedicated to string cosmology, and contains a pedagogical introduction to the basic notions of the subject. It describes the possible scenarios suggested by string theory for the primordial evolution of our Universe.

 

Unknown Terrain by Andrew Wyeth; Beth Venn; Adam D. Weinberg
Call Number: ND1837.W94 A4 1998
ISBN: 0810968274
Publication Date: 1998-03-01
Andrew Wyeth is considered America’s most popular living painter, and his work is acclaimed by art lovers around the world. This fully illustrated volume accompanies the first major exhibition to focus exclusively on Wyeth’s exquisite landscape paintings, on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, from May 28 to August 30,1998.

 

Vitamin P2 by Phaidon Press Editors; Peio Aguirre; Negar Azimi; Barry Schwabsky
Call Number: ND195 .V56 2011
ISBN: 9780714861609
Publication Date: 2011-10-24
The first volume of Vitamin P, published in 2002, inaugurated a vibrant period for painting. Since its publication, a whole new generation of painters has emerged, some inspired by the artists who appeared in that book, others taking cues from new sources.  Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting introduces this new wave of painters to the world.

 

Vitamin P by Barry Schwabsky
Call Number: ND195 .V55 2005
ISBN: 9780714844466
Publication Date: 2004-09-14
Vitamin P is an image-heavy book offering an overview of the state of painting today, and documents the most recent concerns and ideas among contemporary painters. In the wake of new media such as installation, video, performance and digital art, the traditional medium of painting has enjoyed a renaissance among a recent generation of artists.

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