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Losing the San Francisco International Art Expo would step up by several notches the difficulty of placing Bay Area art in important collections, so local gallerists gauged the opening crowds with nervousness. “Even if this isn’t a great fair in terms of business, it’s one of the stepping stones we have to go through to get back to normal,” remarked Ed Gilbert of Gallery Paule Anglim. But after a weekend of collecting crowds, Pam Paulson of Paulson Press was upbeat. “The fair is rocking!” she said, “People are spending money and it’s even better than last year.” Since the fair’s organizers spent most of their advertising budget promoting the original date (the show was postponed in the wake of September 11) a success this year promises even better things in the future.

- Meredith Tromble [Monday, January 21st, 2002]

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