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New exhibition spaces proliferate. From 8 June Mason's Yard in London's St James's will be home to Finarte's shows of Italian art. The gallery's first venture, examining the work of De Chirico, will be accompanied by an interesting catalogue from New York's Paolo Baldacci gallery.

Another new initiative takes place in September with the merger of the long- established London dealers Gillian Jason and Benjamin Rhodes. Jason will take her impressive stable of artists from the gallery at her home in Inverness Street to join Rhodes at his extensive central London showroom in New Burlington Place.

On a more domestic scale the Habitat shop in London's King's Road opens its doors to contemporary art, starting with Celia Read, whose engaging lyrical abstracts will remain on view to the end of May.

Meanwhile, over the Scottish border, at their 16th-century stately home, Traquair House in Peebleshire, the Maxwell Stuart family, renowned for their home-made beer, have converted a huge loft space into a contemporary art

gallery.

In conjunction with Gruzelier Modern Art, they are currently showing work by five contemporary Norwegian artists.

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