Dealers describe exciting episodes and exhilarating occasions from their time in the trade.
Openings & Closings: Exhibitions, Shows, Fairs 9/9/19–9/15/19
See what’s going on this week in the art and antiques world
A Look at the Life of “Blind Tom” Wiggins
The once famous career of the musical prodigy Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins, born a slave and raised to entertain audiences here and abroad with uncanny feats of musical mastery, tainted virtually everyone who touched it. Wiggins’s owners exploited him and profited hugely from his earnings (his concerts and sheet music yielded an astonishing $20,000 in 1879); critics and reporters wrote …