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The Japan Art Association on July 9 announced five recipients of the Ninth Praemium Imperiale awards.

The 1997 recipients are: Gerhard Richter of Germany in painting, George Segal of the United States in sculpture, Richard Meier of the United States in architecture, Ravi Shankar of India in music and Peter Brook of Britain in theater/film. The awards, which were established in 1988 at the behest of the late Prince Takamatsu, recognize outstanding artists who have contributed to the development of culture and art.

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