Viibryd
Peter Allen Hoffmann


This formal abstraction is steeped in color theory influenced by American pieced quilts. The title of the painting refers to a pharmaceutical antidepressant. The name of the quilt maker is painted into the piece in the lower left. The process of crafting these quilts is similar to how I approach the paintings — a lengthy process of detailed planning and execution. Women worked from existing traditional patterns, but also processed and interpreted these patterns based on their own personal, religious, regional and historical context. While the sources of the imagery are disparate (art historical, observed from life, abstraction), they exist for me equally as images I have experienced, continue to experience, and for whatever reason, cannot let go.
—Peter Allen Hoffmann



 
 

​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.