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Noted collector John Axelrod’s recent gifts to the MFA left him with blank walls. There was only one thing to do: keep searching for new works.

JOHN AXELROD HAS A PROBLEM. “I swore I would not buy anything to put in storage,” he says, standing in the entryway of his Back Bay flat. “If I can’t find a place for it on the wall, I’m not going to buy it.”

He pauses and looks around. “It’s killing me.”

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