Art is often paradoxical. It’s someone that everyone can appreciate. And to some extent anyone is able to create works of art. Art is almost universal within human culture. It’s an ever present force within everyone’s life. At the same time though, art collecting can be incredibly difficult to enter into. There’s a central paradox in how ever present art is and how difficult it can be to collect it. There’s quite a few reasons for this. But one of the most important has to do with the element of scarcity.
Mass produced items are usually easy to collect. By their very nature the supply can expand to meet demand. Art is a very different entity though. Obviously there’s an exception for prints and the like. But artwork, the originals, are quite literally unique. It’s impossible to perfectly recreate any given work of art. Once a piece has been constructed it’s finished. In fact, an artist might not even be able to find the same voice for his or her next piece. The art world is full of people who’ve only been able to create a few pieces which would rank as groundbreaking.
And this is where the real difficulty of art collecting becomes apparent. When there’s such scarcity it’s understandable that the price tags can be intimidating. At the same time, lower priced items will often be of uncertain value. Most art collectors know a lot about any given medium. But it’s difficult for one to be fully conversant within so many different mediums. Even if one limits himself to paintings, there’s a multitude of different styles and schools of art.
This creates a situation where one can play it safe by spending large amounts of money on a proven piece of art. Or one can act as a speculator and gamble that a piece of art will gain recognition in the long term. But there’s a third way to go about it which few have been able to accomplish. This can be best seen through the results of a man named Adam Sender. Sender is an art collector who’s proven himself remarkably proficient in art collecting and speculation.
Adam Sender is one of those rare collectors who can see and appraise talent when he sees it. He often knows that someone will hit it big before the art world itself does. And this has allowed him to create a truly amazing collection of fine art. He’s recently decided to put a large part of it up for auction. And given that this dates back to the mid 90s, people are almost overwhelmed. Sender’s collection is also notable for the personal meaning that’s so evident. It’s obvious that while monetary issues are a part of his collection, it’s the art itself which is the most important thing to him. His collection shows the end result of an art collector who has an eye for both quality and greater meaning within a piece.