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About Contemporary Art Collectors Agnes Gund and Adam Sender

Art collectors far and wide have quite a range of interests when it comes to what pieces they have in their collections–including collectors such as Agnes Gund and Adam Sender.

Let’s examine Agnes Gund first. Gund is a “76-year-old philanthropist and president emerita of MoMA[, which is an acronym for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City]” (Wolfe, 2015, pgh. 1). She houses a variety of works. Her collection includes the wares of such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, John Newman, and perhaps most famously, pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (Wolfe, 2015). Lichtenstein is well-known for his large mural-sized cartoons that are considered studies in pointillism. Agnes Gund happens to be the heiress to a large banking fortune left to her by her father, George Gund II–and she has a degree in art history (Wolfe, 2015). She adores art, to say the least, and–interestingly enough–even her two pet dogs reflect that sentiment. Her “Wheaten terrier” is named “Giotto,” and her “Italian water dog” is named “Bronzino”–each bearing the namesake of a famous artist (Wolfe, 2015, pghs. 15-16).

Adam Sender is another monumental collector of contemporary art. At one point, Sotheby’s in New York was slated to auction off “400 works by 139 artists in the Sender Collection” (Loos, 2004, pgh. 3). Collecting contemporary art can be a difficult balancing act. One needs to consistently make smart choices, and Sender himself stated, “I’m not a chaser. I’m a pursuer of great works by artists who have had long careers” (Loos, 2014, pgh. 4). Sender has amassed artworks by the likes of Keith Haring, Mark Kippenberger, Dan Flavin, Matthew Barney, Cindy Sherman, Mickalene Thomas, Wangechi Mutu, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer and Sarah Lucas, to name a few (Loos, 2014).

Although these two collectors may be different in the sense of age, they both have their own respective tastes in artwork. While Agnes Gund focuses on collecting art that could perhaps be labeled as more classical contemporary art, Adam Sender is more on the forefront of collecting contemporary art that is more modern in its scope. In fact, Gabriela Palmieri, a “senior specialist in the Contemporary Art department at Sotheby’s,” commented that how she views Sender’s collection overall is “kaleidoscopic” in nature (Loos, 2014, pgh. 7). Due to Sender’s eclectic, variable taste in art, he is now reaping the rewards of having collected art enthusiastically and faithfully since the 1990s.