Harmonium Mountain II
Clifford Ross
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

In his original "Mountain" series, Clifford Ross created a 'you are there' experience of Colorado's Mount Sopris, using the R1 camera system which he invented using military aerial film and a unique digital post-production process. The resulting prints are among the highest resolution landscape images in the world. Ross's goal with this series was to push the 'reality quotient' in photography, creating images that encourage the scrutiny of the tiniest details in the vast landscape.

"Mountain Redux", Ross's next step in his exploration of the mountain, is a re-imagining of his experience of Mount Sopris in abstract terms. Inspired by the poetic truth he saw in paper negatives of the Taj Mahal made by British photographer John Murray in the 19th century, Ross began his recent body of work by draining the color from two of his mountain images and printing them on hand made Japanese paper. He then fractured the images into smaller elements and recombined them in a dazzling array of imagined structures with a rich and varied palette of colors.

"Mountain Redux is an attempt to depict my subjective reaction to the landscape of Mount Sopris — an attempt to reach a deeper truth," said Ross.

The exhibit begins with two of the original large-scale, highly realistic chromogenic "Mountain" photographs and then progresses through a series of increasingly deconstructed and re-imagined scenes which culminate in works of almost complete abstraction — dreamlike images built from ultra-refined elements of the earlier realistic images. —chelseaartgalleries.com


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 1995, 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.