Sotheby’s is delighted to be offering an outstanding selection of works from the Sender collection in the Contemporary Art Day Auction on the 1st of July. Characterised by a great eye for the very best of contemporary art, and with a deeply intellectual appreciation of the most cutting-edge artistic practices, the collection of Adam Sender is in every way a truly exceptional display of connoisseurship. Never afraid to eschew popular trends and to follow his own instinct, the collection captures Sender’s relentless pursuit of the works that most captured his imagination, demonstrating his genuine passion and instinct for collecting. Conceptually coherent throughout, this unrivalled collection offers a fascinating, provocative and utterly unique insight into the most innovative artistic practices of our time.
The present lots offer a great overview of the collection, with works spanning from Arte Povera to the Young British Artists. With its genre-defying nature, it encompasses an outstanding selection of works that reflect the collector’s keen judgement and unencumbered approach to collecting. Starting with an important work from Sarah Lucas, which encapsulates the artist’s original explorations of unorthodox materials, the present group also includes an iconic history photograph by Cindy Sherman, one of Kippenberger’s infamous portraits of Picasso, an outstanding group of three works by Bernd & Hilla Becher, as well as excellent works by Rosemarie Trockel and Gilbert & George. With a text-based work by Martin Creed (who just had a major exhibition at the Hayward Gallery), the group covers many of the most forward-thinking artistic practices and trends of the past decades. This makes the Sender collection unique and unrivalled in its scope: forward-thinking and ambitious, in every way truly ahead of the curve.