Thursday, December 03, 2009


Red Dot was quite hot for a while today.

Reason for that was that the air conditioning system took a few hours to cool the space down, although I heard that across the street Art Miami's AC system actually died in the afternoon!

We managed to put another Tim Tate on hold and are working on a commission deal for Tate as well. Also have a large Sandra Ramos' piece on hold pending measurements of available wall space.

Also sold the below piece by Michael Janis to a well-known Cuban-American collecting couple who live in one of the spectacular homes on Fisher Island here, as well as a home back in DC. I delivered the piece to their home after Red Dot closed, which meant driving to the ferry point and getting a spectacular view of the Miami skyline in a full moon, arriving at Fisher Island and upon arrival getting escorted by security to their home.

Cubans Dreaming of Liberty by Michael Janis

Cubans Dreaming of Liberty. Glass, powdered black glass and metal.
Michael Janis

Inside there was a massive treasure of an art collection, including one of the largest and best Jose Bedia's paintings that I have ever seen, in good company with Miro, Picasso, many Latin American artists and a surprising number of DC area artists, betraying the couple's DC roots. I saw work by DC area artists Yuriko Yamaguchi, Rick Wall, Carol Goldberg and several others whose name escapes me now.

And now Michael Janis' beautiful Cubans Dreaming of Liberty joins this spectacular collection overlooking downtown Miami from the bay.

Carlos Finlay

Medical history originally credited Dr. Walter Reed as the doctor whose work solved the scourge of 19th century warm weather, yellow fever, by proving that it was transmitted by mosquitoes.

This work eventually gave birth to the new fields of epidemiology and biomedicine.

Dr. Carlos FinalyBut Cubans and even Dr. Reed himself knew that the real research hero here was a Cuban doctor named Carlos Finlay.

Finlay was born 176 years ago today in Puerto Principe, Cuba, the son of a Scottish immigrant father and a French immigrant mother. He studied medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, from which he graduated in 1855. Ten years later Dr. Finlay

"sent a paper to the Academy of Sciences in Havana outlining his theory on weather conditions and the yellow fever disease. He was the first to theorize that a mosquito was the way by which yellow fever was transmitted; a mosquito that bites a victim of the disease could bite a healthy person and spread the disease...

... In 1871 he spoke at medical conferences in Havana and Washington, D.C., but his theory of mosquito transmission of the virus met with silence from the medical and scientific community.

In 1900, during the first U.S. occupation of Cuba, a U.S. medical commission led by Dr. Walter Reed went to Havana to study the disease. At first the U.S. scientists didn't pursue Dr. Finlay's "mosquito" theories, certain that it was "filth" that spread the yellow fever virus.

When all their experiments failed, they began to look over Dr. Finlay's 19 years of research. Eventually they concluded that yellow fever is contagious only in the first 3 days of illness, and this became the first layer of proof for Dr. Finlay's theory.

When Dr. Reed proved that Dr. Finlay had been right all along, mosquito control programs were introduced throughout Cuba, (and in the Panama Canal zone, where worked had stopped due to yellow fever outbreaks and many deaths) and the disease brought under control.

Sadly, however, Dr. Reed's original report failed to even mention Dr. Finlay's theories and/or research, and it wasn't until 1954 (39 years after Dr. Finlay's death) that the International Congress of Medical History granted him the proper credit.

At the end of the day

The VIP night was last night and the beer, wine and absinthe was flowing in large quantities at Red Dot.

Funny how things work out, but I had predicted that this piece below would sell right away, and it did, but not before I got loads of comments about it from the crowd. Most were anti-Guevara types - this is Miami after all - but I did get into an interesting discussion with an elder gentleman who seemed offended that I had taken such stance against the icon known as Che.

“ASEre ¿SI o NO? Che Guevara laughs by F. Lennox Campello

“ASEre ¿SI o NO?
6x16 in. framed to 14x22. Charcoal and Conte on Paper. 2009.
F. Lennox Campello

I asked him if he had ever read Guevara's own diaries, writing and speeches.


I win. At the end, as he walked away he handed me his card. He was a visitor from Cuba. No wonder.

At the end of the day you get nothing from nothing.

At the end of the day we also sold a major Tim Tate to an Alabama collector and several Heather Bryant lithos.

Tim Tate

A Question Of Evolution. Blown and Cast Glass. electronics and video. Tim Tate. 2009.