Compelling, surprising and engaging at every turn, The Sender Collection is a deeply personal and expansive trove of the very best of contemporary art. The individual constituents that comprise this stellar constellation of astounding artistic achievement together survey a critical course of art history over the past half-century. Eschewing popular trends for the diligent pursuit of exceptional works by modern masters, the collection was put together with the most focused concentration on quality and conceptual coherence. It was with piercing intelligence and focused passion that this unparalleled group was meticulously edited into the provocative, fascinating, yet utterly logical entity that it is today.
Surveying some of the most important art historical movements of the past few decades, including young British art and contemporary photography, The Sender Collection is a showcase of contemporary art. Striking formal, aesthetic and theoretical characteristics unite the milestone works that punctuate this extraordinary assemblage. A distinct British lineage courses through the collection, which commences with the godfathers of young British art: Gilbert and George. Their pivotal work Bummed broadcasts a chromatic intensity akin to young British artist Chris Ofili’s exemplary Blue Riders and, in terms of composition, effortlessly leads to two idiosyncratic works by the enfant terrible of British art, Damien Hirst: a minimalist medicine cabinet and an awe-inspiring, kaleidoscopic butterfly painting. Martin Kippenberger’s seminal and surreal adoption of the egg as a symbolic trope in Untitled (Showcase with Egg Sculptures) affords a raft of parallels with Urs Fischer’s characteristically witty oversized nails in Youyou. Pieces by breakthrough female innovators such as Rosemarie Trockel’s hypnotic O.T. (Death’s Heads) and the fantastical landscape of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #145 present opportunities for comparison with Raqib Shaw’s dazzling Garden of Earthly Delights XII. Masterfully juxtaposing this fantastical tranche of The Sender Collection are imposing photographic works by Thomas Struth and Jeff Wall: Struth’s Notre Dame is an awe-inspiring representation of a much revered landmark and Wall’s A woman consulting a catalogue intriguingly explores the everyday with one of his acclaimed light boxes. This kaleidoscopic grouping is an intricately layered product of an approach to curatorship that reflects in-depth bodies of adventurous work by artists who invented new languages of art-making.
Demonstrating a manifest passion and true intellectual admiration, Adam Sender is widely recognised for his active generosity in loaning his works to important international museum exhibitions. The works that comprise The Sender Collection have not only been included in countless keynote retrospective exhibitions – exemplifying the pinnacle of the artists’ achievements – but in addition, alternate versions and editions of many of the works are held in major collections globally, both institutional and private. Sender’s selection of works embodies his long-term vision of collecting, and exhibit his deeply committed approach of acquiring art that he is genuinely passionate about. Though incredibly focused, The Sender Collection grew organically, evolving alongside the development of contemporary art over the past 30 years. The collection’s overall coherence articulates expert understanding, curatorial intelligence, keen judgment, connoisseurship, and the unwavering ardour of an attitude that is truly and enduringly ahead of the curve.