Adam Sender: Making Contemporary Artists into Stars

If you’re into art and art collecting, you’ve probably heard of the term “obsessive art collector.” It’s an art collector who can’t stop acquiring works of art. In fact, the collector has to build a separate area to accommodate his or her collection. Well, Adam Sender, founder of the hedge fund Exis Capital Management, doesn’t fit this category. He’s redefined art collecting and making contemporary artists in to stars.
Now in his 40s, Sender has pieced together a huge treasure chest of art work from the best contemporary artist in the United States and around the world. He began buying his first art pieces in 1998. They were artworks by unheard artists like Diana Al-Hadid, Rashid Johnson, Jim Lambie, Frank Benson and Urs Fischer. He also acquired artwork from more established artists like Mike Kelley, Jenny Holzer and Cindy Sherman.
What is Sender’s Key to Picking Artists who Become Rock Stars of the Art World?
Adam Sender looks for emerging artists. It’s where the excitement is, Sender once told a reporter. He also said, he has a good eye and knows how to use it to buy art that everyone will want to see. Does Sender stay away from any artists?
Yes, he was honest when talking about how he picks art to acquire. He uses an abundance of caution when buying art. He doesn’t like to find artists still in school or a year into their art careers. He looks for more established artists.
Sender also said he doesn’t chase art. There’s no flavor of the month in his view who will capture his attention. He’s just a pursuer of great works of art.
Personal is how Sender’s Collection is Described
It’s certainly true that Sender has collected some of the best contemporary artwork from around the world. However, it doesn’t have the feeling of a “Greatest Hits” collection. Instead, the collection of artwork is more intimate and rich. Probably best summed up as personal.
He isn’t one who hides his enormous, personal art collection in a room for no one to view. He’s placed many of the artworks in a 5,000-square-foot home in Miami. The house will be open selected times during Art Basel Miami Beach. Guests can use the house for private brunch and evening receptions. He’s even auctioned some of his most prized artwork at Sotheby’s.