AAD REPORTS13/02/2017In 1988, a group of treasure hunters found a steamboat that was buried in a Kansas cornfield. It was loaded with supplies for 16 towns.
This ship was the Arabia, whose hull had been punctured by a submerged tree on September 5th, 1856, near Parkville,...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS13/02/2017The Nazi era anthem was accidentally sung as an intro to the Federation Cup in tennis between Germany and the United States. While the media bleated their outrage at the seeming American faux pas as hosts of the team tennis match in Hawaii, the...[Read More]
An example of a modern copy of Walker's work on Perenyi's website
The William Aiken Walker Affair
by David Hewett, originally appeared in the Maine Antique Digest in 2000, copyright by MAD
On April 25, 2000, in a federal courtroom in Columbia,...[Read More]
Doyles will start the new year off with a bang as the collection of art assembled by the late Nelson Doubleday heads for the auction block this week. Doubleday, a long time resident of New York and Hobe Sound, Florida was best known for his able...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS22/12/2016It’s been nearly a decade since the once prestigious American art dealer Berry-Hill Galleries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, but the gallery’s financial woes continue even today. A recent ruling in a complicated dispute with a...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS19/12/2016There's a big plaster duck in the driveway of Rick Orr's mobile home in Phoenix, Arizona. If you know Rick Orr, you know this can't possibly be just any plaster duck; it's almost certainly one of the world's rarest plaster ducks, probably worth tens of...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle13/12/2016
Situated in a rust belt town of New Britain CT, the New Britain Museum of American Art was born of an extraordinary legacy, as the Stanley Tool Company, now Stanley Black and Decker, supported the museum from its inception in 1903.
In the 1940 when...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS06/12/2016Sara Underwood at Puget Sound North Cascades - Follow Sara on Instagram @saraunderwood
Albert Bierstadt (1830 - 1902) - Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast (1870) - Seattle Art Museum
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AAD REPORTS02/12/2016Editors Note: As if auction house games were not complicated enough, a new asterisk (*) on certain sales results.
On September 9 a letter from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs confirmed that New York City auction houses must...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS30/11/2016Corea, Maine - Follow @daniellejb2 on Instagram
Marsden Hartley, Lobster Fishermen, 1940-41, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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AAD REPORTS29/11/2016Donald Trump is known for speaking and tweeting what’s on his mind but hasn’t revealed much about his taste in art. That has museums, galleries and private collectors guessing what the president-elect will display in the White House.
AAD REPORTS25/11/2016Owls Head, Maine - Follow farotravels on Instagram @farotravels
Owls Head Penobscot Bay Maine - Fitz Henry Lane (1804-1865)
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Elliot Lee24/11/2016On arrival to the shores of Cape Cod, members of the native American Wampanoag Nation taught the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony how to cultivate crops, such as corn. So successful was the first harvest of 1621, that Governor William Bradford ordered a...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS17/11/2016Artist Robert Lenz (who’s probably better known as the retired chairman and executive creative director at ad agency Backer Spielvogel Bates) and his wife Carol are auctioning their Litchfield County estate in Connecticut on Thursday, Nov. 17 with...[Read More]
FRANK WESTON BENSON (1862-1951) Figure in a Room (Interior), 1912 Oil on canvas Alix W. Stanley Fund, 1972.38
In 1972, the New Britain Museum of American Art purchased Frank Weston Benson's Figur in a Room, 1912. The painting had previously been...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle17/10/2016Blessed by the generous donations by alumni, such as Stephen Corning Clark, the 20th century section at the Yale University Art Gallery is an exclamation point to the museum experience. From the perspective that this is where the market has shifted, it...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS12/10/2016Albert Bierstadt (1830-1902), North Cascades Washington State
Sara Underwood North Cascades 2016 - Follow Sara on instagram @saraunderwood
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AAD REPORTS12/10/2016Thomas Cole (1801-1848), Portage Falls on the Genesee River,
Portage Falls 2016 - Follow Michele Macheska on Instagram @mmmchelee
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AAD REPORTS09/10/2016Queensborough Bridge 1913 - Edward Hopper (1882 - 1967)
Queensboro Bridge 2016, Elizabeth Turner - Follow Elizabeth @elizabethcturner
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AAD REPORTS09/10/2016The undersea explorer who discovered the Whydah Gally, the first authenticated pirate shipwreck in North America, believes he's found where the ship's legendary treasure lies after more than 30 years of poking around the murky waters off Cape Cod.
AAD REPORTS01/10/2016While people are busy lining up at the mysterious Black Mailbox trying to get a peek into Area 51, just down the road, a secret project has been taking place for nearly half a century, and hardly anyone has noticed.
Of course, we all know about Area...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle29/09/2016Not exactly art or design news, however the subject has been photographed by myself many times because it was likely where Asher B. Durand painted "Sabbath Bells," namely the Hoboken Ferry terminal and train station in the 19th century, today almost...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS24/09/2016What's left to say about Nevermind? As Nirvana's major label debut faces its 25th anniversary Saturday we're faced with a bit of a puzzle: We know it changed the face of music -- there's no doubt of that -- with how it dethroned hair...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle22/09/2016
From August 29th until September 2, 1859 British astronomer Richard Carrington made scientific history as he documented the first observed sun spots, solar flares and an associated Aura Borealis that reached the Earth a day and a half later when that...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS16/09/2016Just over two weeks ago, an absurd feel good article appeared in the Financial Times, regarding the Hudson River, its preservation, and its cleanup. While noble in its intent, the article was not only scant on facts, it made fictional assertions that...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle11/09/2016Situated in and around Central Park of New York City is a world class collection of sculpture that were it anywhere else it would be celebrated. Here it is largely overlooked and ignored, until one sees them in person and realizes something major is...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS02/09/2016Grant Wood - American Gothic 1930 - Art Institute of Chicago
American Gothic, the iconic painting by Grant Wood, is coming to London next year - the first time it will have been seen outside of North America.
The Royal Academy said the work will be...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS28/08/2016The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Thomas Moran (1837 - 1926) English / American - Smithsonian American Art Museum
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — An Ecuadorian woman has fallen to her death at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS24/08/2016Sunk in waters 2500 feet deep off the Farallon Islands, a group of rocks some thirty miles due west of the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco harbor. Finding the USS Independence under the Pacific near California.
Albert Bierstadt, (1830-1902),...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS02/08/2016Pic of the Day:
John F. Kensett (1816-1872), Lake George, Free Study - Date: 1872, Medium: Oil on canvas, Accession Number: 74.20, On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 761, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Rachel Barnes at Lake George, New York -...[Read More]
Mansion Graffiti from Mount Vernon.
Tom Reinhart, Deputy Director of Architecture describes an interesting find while performing preservation work in Mount Vernon's cupola.
To take the Virtual Tour of Mount Vernon, Click...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS28/07/2016Archaeologists digging at the Alamo have discovered an adobe wall that may provide clues to the famous site’s Spanish Colonial history.
The wall, which is about 23 inches below the flagstone surface of San Antonio's Alamo Plaza, was discovered...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS26/07/2016Pic of the Day - Real life photos, made famous by artists:
Artist: Albert Bierstadt, American, born Germany, 1830–1902 Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail - Photo Credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Views on views. Glacier Point at Yosemite Park...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle06/07/2016Ann Madonia Antiques, 36 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
A longtime fixture in the summer art and antiques scene out east in the Hamptons, both Ann and her daughter Sue have seen a change over in buying habits of wealthy east enders. While a generation...[Read More]
Alessandra Massameno15/06/2016As summer digs in its heels, NYC grows weary and inhospitable (more so than usual)— a wasteland of irate taxi drivers, seething concrete, and sweaty New Yorkers.
It’s no surprise that a mass exodus to The Hamptons erupts every sunny weekend,...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle08/06/2016Thomas Moran was toiling as an illustrator in 1871 when a spectacular break came his way. It was an idea for an article for Scribners Magazine about a relatively unknown natural wonder found in western Wyoming. This geological phenomenon would be fully...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle05/06/2016Middletown Homeopathic Hospital, Blakelock's Home from the 1890's to 1915
Ralph Albert Blakelock was born in New York City in 1847 the son of a physician. He graduated from the College of the City of New York, studied briefly at Cooper Union, and at the...[Read More]
Copa America Centenario is the biggest soccer tournament the United States has hosted since the 1994 World Cup — before Christian Pulisic was even born. Now, the 17-year-old is the fastest-rising star in American soccer, shouldering the...[Read More]
Alessandra Massameno29/05/2016NEW YORK is a breeding ground for irony. Case and point: pulling up to 903 Park Avenue in search of a fine arts gallery, and finding what appears to be a residential building. It makes you wonder if Eva Gabor is selling her furniture at auction before...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS25/04/2016According to a report in the Palm Beach Post, Havard Melvaer, Captain of the Edda Fjord, a huge shipping vessel on route from port Fourchon, L.A., said it was a "stroke of luck" that he spotted a 19 foot long boat whilst on deck for fresh air.
The long...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS07/04/2016Americans Implicated in Panama Papers, Justice Department Considers Next Steps.....
Robert Alexander Boyle04/04/2016
A Panama financial scandal with money laundering implications around the world emerged over the weekend as the leading story in the news. A complete contrast to most of the time where it is a sleepy backwater canal area frequented by tourists...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle01/04/2016
John Kensett (1816-1872), Hudson River Scene, 1857. Actually a View from West Point, an example of a minor discipline such as gender studies overtook American history in museums these days as a priority set by curatorial commisars
One of the foremost...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle04/03/2016
Salem Massachusetts, first settled in the 1630's by religious outsiders from England, Hawthornes, Buffums, Soutwicks and Peabodys. It quickly developed its own character outside of Boston. By 1658 Quakers were declared persona non grata and thirty four...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS04/02/2016Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Diego Rodriguez, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the arrest of ERIC IAN...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS29/01/2016 Estimate: $150,000-250,000This rare Portrait of George Washington being offered by Keno Auctions in the USA, is one of Gilbert Stuart's "Vaughan" examples, named after the Philadelphia merchant who purchased the 1795 painting of Washington - the first...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle06/01/2016
“Sequoia Garden, Cathedral Forest, Calaveras County” by Albert Bierstadt (1840-1902) is remarkable for a number of reasons, its' monumental size (over sixty inches tall), it's subject (the old growth Sequoia trees) and its story, the fact...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS28/12/2015Ellsworth Kelly, known as one of America’s greatest 20th century abstract artists died on Sunday at the age of 92. His death was announced by Matthew Marks of the Matthew Marks Gallery in Manhattan.
Winner of America’s National Medal of the...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle02/12/2015Miami Lost, the Seminole Photographs of Eugene F. Savage
In 1935 buoyed by the success of the sale of his Hall of State Centennial Murals to the state of Texas, deep in the Great Depression the artist Eugene Francis Savage drove from his home in...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle15/11/2015Leviathan of the western hemisphere, New York City is constantly knocking itself over and rebuilding itself with even taller buildings, sometimes we forget how old the place really happens to be. The video at the below shows long lost footage of familiar...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS11/11/2015NEW YORK, 9 November 2015 – Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended 30 September 2015.
President and Chief Executive Officer Tad Smith said, “We are proud of our auction sale...[Read More]
Lawrence Klepper09/11/2015Recently two art auctions were held that produced some interesting market comments and concerns. In the first auction an early Renaissance painting that only a few years ago would have commanded a low six-figure evaluation sat on the table to a slow and...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS24/10/2015From December 2 through 6, 2015, Art Basel will present a premier program of over 50 films and videos by and about artists selected under the title ‘Our Hidden Futures’. Screened on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the New...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS10/10/2015A decade after its inauguration in 2005, Kabinett has become a much-loved and highly praised sector of the show in which galleries display concise curated installations within their booths. This year’s 27 curated exhibitions will feature work by...[Read More]
George Kozmon01/07/2015Cleveland Ohio has become a hub of activity for visual artists. It’s a hotbed of creativity. How did we get here?
* Is Cleveland a model for similar scale cities?
* Are there specific strategies that act as catalysts?
* Is it bottom up or top...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS12/06/2015• Especially-commissioned Isomeric Slides that allow visitors to travel from Hayward Gallery’s iconic glass pyramid ceiling to gallery entrance level
• Two Roaming Beds (Grey), a new work comprised of two robotic beds that roam the...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle17/05/2015Situated in eastern Connecticut just north of I-95 near the campus of Connecticut College in New London, CT, the Lyman Allyn Museum gets overlooked in a state loaded with the Wadsworth Athenaeum, the Yale University Art Gallery and the New Britain...[Read More]
The incredible growth of art fairs is a reflection, tangentially about art, more about society; we want to be entertained, and a major art event is more entertaining than walking into a relatively empty gallery, potentially feeling...[Read More]
Guy-Vincent | George Kozmon
Watch our exclusive video interview with Jerry Saltz. Our authors Guy-Vincent and George Kozmon, have been taking in the sights at this year’s Frieze New York.
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Guy-Vincent | George Kozmon
Watch our exclusive video interview with Sasha Gomeniuk of London's Hales Gallery. Our authors Guy-Vincent and George Kozmon, have been taking in the sights at this year’s Frieze New York.
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Lewis Baer13/01/2015It’s nice that we get to turn the page of time with a New Year. For the world of antiques and decorative arts the passage of time holds no limitation. When you are an object from the 20th, 18th, 16th Century, or 2000 BC, it’s all about the...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS09/01/2015January 8, 2014 (Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) announced today that Director Graham W. J. Beal will retire as of June 30, 2015, after serving as director, president and CEO for nearly 16 years. Since joining the DIA, Beal has...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS08/01/2015Image Courtesy :: Marco Scozzaro / Frieze
Frieze New York 2015 will take place May 14–17 2015 on Randall's Island, Manhattan.
Preview Day: Wednesday 13 May
Located in the East River between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx, Randall’s...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS07/01/2015New York - Christie’s New York announces the appointment of Derek Gillman to the new role of Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, SVP, The Americas. The former Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation began on January 5th,...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS07/01/2015Derek Gillman
New York - Christie’s New York announces the appointment of Derek Gillman to the new role of Chairman, Impressionist & Modern Art, SVP, The Americas. The former Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation began on...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS21/12/2014Impressive lineup of nine new exhibitors to participate in the Show’s 61st year.
The Winter Antiques Show is proud to announce the selection of nine new exhibitors: Apter-Fredericks (London), Thomas Coulborn & Sons Ltd. (Sutton Coldfield,...[Read More]
The Epoch Times15/12/2014
Christine Lin @ The Epoch Times
“Joyfully Climbing Heaven’s Ladder” by Wang Jing, China. (Courtesy of NTD Television)
NEW YORK—The judges of the NTD Television International Figure Painting Competition don’t grade on a...[Read More]
Cindy Charleston-Rosenberg, ISA CAPP10/12/2014
I start off with a confession of bias: I have not eaten a mammal in more than 3 decades, the plight of the Elephant poached for his ivory is a personal and legitimate concern. And yet, it has been interesting to consider the comments of respected...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS04/12/2014Art Basel and BMW continue their joint initiative to recognize and support emerging artists worldwide with the announcement of the shortlist for the second BMW Art Journey during this year’s Art Basel in Miami Beach. Like a mobile studio, the BMW...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle27/11/2014Alfred W. Thompson, A Halt at the Outpost, British occupied New York City in the Revolution until 1783
A long established American holiday on the eve of winter to give thanks to family and friends for an abundant harvest. Myth has the pilgrims creating...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle22/11/2014NOVEMBER 2014 AUCTION RESULTS IN NEW YORK CITY
Starting on the Evening of November 4, 2014 Sothebys rolled out a most impressive line up of fine art for auction. There was a buzz in their galleries not seen in decades. Propelled by the strength of three...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle12/11/2014Follow Large Paintings, They are Harder to Hide
It was in 2012, after I went on a day trip to the Catskills to see a friend’s prospective country home, that I began to inquire about the theft of treasures from the now decaying, but still...[Read More]
Graham W.J. Beal10/11/2014I've recently written about the falsity of the commonly held notion that the DIA has a great deal of valuable art in storage--recently characterized in an NPR news story as "all that stuff lying about in the basement." While it is true that there is much...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS06/11/2014Image Courtesy :: St. Louis Art Museum
ST. LOUIS, Nov. 4 – The Saint Louis Art Museum on Monday accepted the transformative gift of 225 works of art from the collection of the late C.C. Johnson Spink and Edith “Edie” Spink.
Robert Alexander Boyle06/11/2014Hathaway, Designed by Delano & Aldrich, circa 1905
About two years ago this writer came across the story of the Hathaway Heist, an uncomfortable story from the darker side of the art business. Many of us are familiar with dealers who sometimes claim...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle05/11/2014Vincent van Gogh (1852-1890), ? ONE OF THE STARS IN A SALE THAT GROSSED $422,110,000 ?
November 4, 2014, saw the strongest effort to date by Sothebys at stemming the recent tide of sales figures in arch rival Christies favor. These works of art were...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle24/10/2014Library Designed by Beatrix Farrand (1872-1959)
While in Los Angeles, California, this writer had the privilege to visit in the Huntington Library and Art Collection, San Marino, California. On a previous visit to the Huntington Hotel in 2002 courtesy...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle10/10/2014Kaaterskill Falls
In October of 1825 a young British immigrant to the United States named Thomas Cole caught a steamboat ride from lower Manhattan and took a trip up the Hudson River stopping to get off at West Point to see Fort Putnam and again at...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle31/01/2014
Today was the press preview of the Winter Antiques Show. Held at the Seventh Regiment Armory on Park Avenue between 66th and 67th Streets, the restored and renovated landmark structure, which dates back to the Civil War.
This show is the foremost one...[Read More]
John R Walker18/12/2013The Art Newspaper, along with a number of other sources, reports yesterday (16 december) that: US Copyright Office reverses its position on droit de suite in the US.
However, a reading of the actual report suggests that claims that the U.S. Copyright...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle06/12/2013In what can only be called a Lazarus like return from the dead, the traditional American paintings market roared back to life with the sale of a Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) painting, “Saying Grace” was hammered down for $46.085 million...[Read More]
Margie FitzSimons18/10/2013In today's art market, the consumer can be duped by a lack of knowledge about the difference between a unique work of art, limited edition prints, and digital pigment prints, "giclees" or other photographic reproductions. This is the first of a series of...[Read More]
Robert Alexander Boyle16/10/2013In staggering contrast to the rampant chicanery that American collectors encountered when venturing into the European field of art, the 19th century American field remained strangely pristine in terms of controversies over authenticity or lack thereof....[Read More]
Graham W.J. Beal14/10/2013As the first anniversary of the Detroit Institute of Arts' millage vote approaches, I look back on a year of extraordinary activity as citizens of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties--many for the first time--came "pouring" into the DIA. Between July...[Read More]
The Epoch Times12/10/2013
Christine Lin @ The Epoch Times
NEW YORK—We love looking at ourselves—it’s only human nature. We also love looking at images of the rich and famous, even if the individuals themselves turn us off.
Featuring over 60 works of art,...[Read More]
Lewis Baer06/09/2013The (hot) summer of 2013 is still upon us in New York City, but telling the temperature in the art and antiques business is a bit more problematic. After the universal effects of “The Great Recession”, are things improving, getting worse, or...[Read More]
Graham W.J. Beal04/09/2013Will The Detroit Institute Of Arts Have To Sell Its Art?
It seems to have become the story that just will not die, covered by news agencies as far apart as Hong Kong and Warsaw, as well as radio stations from London to Los Angeles. We have no intention...[Read More]
Howard L. Rehs05/06/2013Seeing that my previous only in America article for AAD was so well received by the audience, I thought i'd run a few more things by everybody that dealers would rather not see at shows. So, without further ado, please find below, part 2 of 'Only in...[Read More]
Howard L. Rehs16/05/2013Our gallery started participating in art and antique shows more than 25 years ago and over that time, I have heard some of the most amazing (sometimes humorous and at other times ‘hard to believe’) comments from people visiting our booth.
Lewis Baer24/04/2013There is reluctance in the Trade, about being able to attract new and especially younger people as to what we sell. Starting with the image of the word “antique”, what might that conjured up in the mind of a smart-phone packing 20/30 year...[Read More]
Maura Haverly09/04/2013Well, I was just settling down with a glass of my favorite beverage (hint: it rhymes with wine) when I chanced to open up the current issue of Art in America. Now, I will confess, usually I mostly look at the pictures, (and I am sure I’m not alone...[Read More]
Lewis Baer17/03/2013Building a business to survive for multiple generations is a daunting possibility. Bill Gates hasn’t done it yet, but he certainly has everything in place for Microsoft to be passed on to a next generation. Could he perceive how Microsoft would be...[Read More]
Mary Helen McCoy31/01/2013INTRODUCTION
Art and Antique Shows held in smaller metropolitan areas with a population of affluent buyers play a significant role for the trade. Most all dealers have exhibited at these shows making contacts in different markets which have been the key...[Read More]
AAD REPORTS19/01/2013I have followed with fascination the lengthy discussion about the role/ potential of auction houses in antiques shows or fairs (just one of many variant words between the UK and USA to describe the same thing). What the discussion made me keenly aware of...[Read More]
Gail Green22/07/2012As Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe exclaimed “God is in the details.” The famous architect knew that what separates the sublime from the mundane is the attention to detail that an artisan expresses in their work. It is refinement of technique, if...[Read More]
Clinton Howell06/05/2012The Art and Antiques Design blog emanating out of London is straining to become an industry voice and I applaud the effort being taken by Elliot Lee and Francesca Fiumano on the industry's behalf.
In point of fact, there is not much of an industry...[Read More]