Art Basel

Collectors Carl and Toni Randolph embrace Miami with gift of art

When Toni and Carl Randolph retired to Miami in 2001, they made a decision to embrace their new community rather than stay involved in New York, where they had lived and worked for decades.

“We love New York; it was a wonderful experience being there our entire working life,” said Carl Randolph, who retired as partner and general council with the asset management firm Neuberger Berman. “But we felt that we loved Miami at this stage of our lives. This is appropriate for us.”

Their choice has been good for Miami: Either individually or as a couple, the Randolphs have been involved in many charitable and arts organizations over the years, including United Way, the Dade Community Foundation, the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and the Miami Art Museum, now called the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Toni Randolph, an entrepreneur who had a brand management and manufacturing firm, is especially interested in organizations that help women-led businesses, including The Commonwealth Institute and the local chapter of The Links, Incorporated, a volunteer service organization for professional women of color.

Avid collectors who focus on three-dimensional work, the Randolphs have donated pieces to MAM and to a community college in Chattanooga, Tenn., where their friend, sculptor John Henry, lives.

And when the Randolphs downsized recently from their Fisher Island home to a Brickell condo, they had another institution in mind for the art that would no longer fit in their home: the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University.

Toni Randolph invited Carol Damian, the museum’s director and chief curator and a longtime friend of the couple, to come over late last year and browse.

The gift that resulted includes four sculptures that fit in with works the museum already owns or artists it has welcomed to its annual Breakfast in the Park event in December: Dreams, a bronze with patina finish by Manuel Carbonell; a steel piece called Interlace by Albert Paley; White King, a nickel bronze sculpture by Joel Perlman, and Composition in Circumference, Sunset, painted metal by Jean Claude Rigaud. The Randolphs also donated Cane by Martin Puryear, seven framed prints with a limited edition book.

“They recognized our collection and they recognized what would really work and what would be appreciated,” Damian said. “They recognized that these were pieces we could handle; they’re not large and they could go immediately on display. That was important to them and important to us as well. It has this kind of personal touch to it.”