Linienstrasse 137, Berlin, plate 10 from the series "Writing on the Wall"
Shimon Attie


The assumed objectivity and "truth value" of photography led to its widespread use as an aid to personal and collective memory, particularly in the fields of portraiture and news reportage. Though they may deliver the world to the viewer in unrivaled detail, photographs are potentially as personal, partial, and particular as any picture rendered by hand. Contemporary photographers interested in testing this power have altered the appearance of photographic prints to reveal the print's vulnerability to manipulation, and the viewer's susceptibility to uncritical looking.
-Cincinnati Art Museum


Books in the collection
Sites unseen: Shimon Attie European projects:installations and photographs / with an introduction by James Young

The History of Another: Shimon Attie



 
 

​About the collection

Gerald Schwartz believes the presence of provocative art promotes creative thinking, remembering that "artistic presence was the only thing missing at HBS when I went there. I wanted to change that." In 1998, Gerry Schwartz and a team from HBS together began purchasing contemporary art for the HBS buildings most frequented by students. Inspired by the growing collection, a small group of MBA students founded the HBS Art Appreciation Society in 2001. It quickly grew into one of the largest student clubs on campus, sponsoring events in Boston area galleries and museums, as well as an annual weekend in Manhattan to meet artists, tour exhibitions, and attend theater. The club's co-presidents accompany Mr. Schwartz on his annual buying trip to purchase additional art for the School's collection.

About Gerald Schwartz, MBA '70

Gerald Schwartz, MBA ’70, is the Founder and CEO of Onex Corporation. He has been appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada and inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Gerry Schwartz is Vice Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of Mount Sinai Hospital, a director of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, a trustee of The Simon Wiesenthal Center and Chairman of its Canadian Friends, and a governor of Junior Achievement of Metro Toronto. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba, a Masters in Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, and several Doctor of Laws (Hon.) degrees. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music.