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However, an enhanced and expanded version of Fine Art Print Week will go ahead as scheduled, if not as planned on these dates. In addition, the print dealers will follow other top antiques dealers in setting up gallery-based events for the duration of what would have been the fair. Selected downtown New York galleries will be opening late, offering refreshments and providing space to dealers from out of town.

Manhattan dealer David Tunick will share his space with London’s Frederick Mulder, Ursus Books and Prints on Madison Avenue will play host to August Laube of Zurich while C.G. Boerner on East 73rd Street will be sharing with two other dealers, including Paul Proute of Paris.

Meanwhile a mini version of the fair has been arranged at very short notice on the first and second floors of the Lynden Gardens Hotel situated on East 64th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. Between 25 and 30 New York dealers will be exhibiting at this show, which will be free of charge. Co-ordinating the logistics of the last-minute initiatives is Alison McVeigh, director of the IFPDA. There is still much to be finalised but regular updates will be posted on the association’s Website www.printdealers.com.