Art galleries have gotten a bum rap over the years. Back in the old days, art galleries were stuffy places filled with snobbish people that thought the art world revolved around their knowledge of paintings, sculptures and other works of art. But, those days are over. The art galleries of today are hip places that offer people the opportunity to discuss art, artists and news about the art world. A few new collectors are still intimidated by art galleries but when they decide to take the plunge and visit one collecting becomes an interesting adventure.
Collectors like to hear about the success of other collectors. Collectors that have collected valuable works of art are considered the rock stars of the art world. Steve Wynn, the Mellon family, and Adam Sender give new collectors hope and a mission. Sender has turned into a contemporary art guru over the last several years. When Sender closed his hedge fund management company, he decided to devote all his time to collecting art. Adam asked curator Todd Levin to help him create a timely collection of contemporary art years ago, and in the span of two decades the results of that joint endeavor paid off. Sender sold several pieces in his collection for more than $70 million, and he still has hundreds of paintings in a gallery in Miami. If it weren’t for the help Sender received from a gallery curator when he first got started, Sender might still be searching for a way to enhance his collection. Adam Sender also has an IMDB profile.
The point is; galleries help new collectors navigate through the world of art. They bring artists from all over the world together, and they highlight their work. Art galleries are not the stuffy places of yesteryear anymore. They are learning centers that provide knowledge and a service to new and seasoned collectors.