The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami celebrated its 35th anniversary the evening of Saturday, November 3, 2012, with the inaugural All About Art Fine Art Fundraising Auction. The event, held in the grand galleries at the Museum and hosted by Co-Chairs Patricia & Phillip Frost and FIU President Mark Rosenberg and his wife Rosalie, featured art works donated by 78 acclaimed artists, was attended by over 350 art enthusiasts, and raised more than $200,000 in support of future Museum activities and programs.
After my partner Andrew Reach was invited to exhibit his art in a solo exhibition (Full Circle) as one of the inaugural opening exhibitions of the new world class building, the Frost acquired two works from the exhibition to be part of it’s permanent collection. This was so meaningful to Andrew, because before his reinvention from architect to artist, the Frost Art Museum was his last building in the role of project Architect at HOK alongside Yann Weymouth (The Louvre with I.M. Pei, The Dali Museum in Tampa). Since then a third work has been acquired. So when the call went out from the director, Carol Damian, asking artists in the permanent collection if they could donate a work of art to be auctioned off for this fundraiser, Andrew and I did not hesitate and Andrew created a new work of art specifically for the event titled “Middle of the Night in a Digital Dream”.
Michael Hughes, Frost Art Museum’s Director of Development, happily informed Andrew that at the auction there was much interest in his work with multiple bids and ultimately went to a prominent art collector in Miami who is also on the Board of Trustees at the Miami Art Museum
Andrew and I couldn’t attend the auction because he is unable to travel and mostly home-bound from the constant pain he endures from his spine disease. Their have been problems now with his walking due to the pain and he’s not able to stand very long. The pain has gone also to his legs. He can only sit for a very short time and really can not be up for more than a couple of hours. Andrew’s body is allergic to narcotics, so he can’t take the heavy duty pain medications prescribed to deal with his amount of pain. The rods are the length of his back are now pressing in the middle. In a sense they are trying to push out of the back. The pain is unthinkable. They’re trying everything not to have a third surgery to shave the rods down. His body has taken much abuse. The pain in the neck is so severe, he now suffers also from violent headaches. The body will just not hold him up. Even being in bed does not stop the brutal pain. When he rests from the pain he wears a CPAP mask because he developed sleep apnia after his surgeries from when they pulled his spine back. It’s another level of constriction and isolation. Only his dreams and his art take him to a place where he can move from all his pain and find a moment of peace. Along with our many dogs and cats and our love, we endure. We have been together 32 years. We survive not by the year or month or day but by the hour. God does not give us more then we can handle.
There are moments we wonder what could have been with our lives had this not been the way. It is said life is as it is meant to be, not what we want it to be. Its all about ones health. So we were not able to attend. The Frost was kind to send him the catalog with all the artists and their work to be auctioned. Below is Andrew’s page from the catalog along with a list of all the other artists who donated work.
Edouard Duval Carrié
Juan Manuel Echavarría
Lynn Golob Gelfman
Francie Bishop Good
María Thereza Negreiros
Betty Laird Perry