Understanding the Sender Release

One of the hottest tickets in art today is to view one or more pieces of the Sender collection. This is a large group of contemporary paintings that entered the market due to a liquidation by famed art dealer and super-investor Adam Sender. His collection included hundreds of pieces that many collectors and connoisseurs never thought that they would get a chance to own. Instead, Sender released these to the market, and the frenzy began. For us, we would have never got to view these pieces even, so Kudos to Mr. Sender for providing us with the opportunity. We could see the connection each piece had to each other and why he chose those particular pieces. It was so revealing, and it takes a measure of generosity to release a collection of this order because they are only going to keep gaining in value. People tend to underestimate the value that collectors have in the art world, but they are its life’s blood.

The value that Mr. Sender imbibed into the contemporary art market has reverberated throughout that genre and other genres as well. There are many contemporary artist that were seeing only mediocre sales before this release that are now realizing true profits as artists, and the same is true for galleries. It also gives surviving contemporary artists a measure of exceeding success during their lifetimes, and this makes the collector in some cases as responsible for the proliferation of a genre as the artist themselves. However, there is power in this genre, and Mr. Sender would have to have known contemporary art and art itself really well to find and purchase the works that were purchased for the collection. They very succinctly portrayed the ideals that epitomize contemporary art. As an artist, I do understand the release. Check out his profile on Whitepages.

It says in a very real way that this genre is legitimate. It is truly a collection that would be dimmed by being amassed by a single collector. The pieces lose their context when they are congregated in that manner. I liken it to going to a juried art show. These pieces are juxtaposed to reveal the best ones when they all may be very good pieces of art, but dimmed by the juxtaposition. When these same losing pieces are featured alone away from other pieces, their context and real beauty are revealed. In my art classes, I teach my students to find the context of their paintings and try to present them in this context at all times. Sometimes this may mean notes to installation people or personally directing installations and showings. It is the same thought process that art appraisers have when they insist that paintings remain in their original frames.

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