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The Gaza Strip is tough turf for artists.Fifty-three paintings and two sculptures by 45 artists have gone on display in the West Bank city of Ramallah, said Haneen Qatamesh, a spokeswoman for one of the sponsors, the Palestinian company PADICO. Since Saturday's opening, she said, 12 works have been sold for prices ranging from $850 to $9,000 . Most of the artists were unable to attend their own show. Qatamesh said only 12 artists received Israeli travel permits to attend the exhibition, or less than half the number of artists who applied.Some of the Gaza artists are being considered for membership, but the vetting is ongoing.Dahlan said Gaza artists have no future as long as they can't travel.
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