July 8.
Kim Keever
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Viewed from a distance, Keever's large photographs are of moody, damp environments. Mist hovers over boggy ground, tropical plants crowd the embankment, streams snake across the dirt, and everything is oppressed by an uncommonly active sky with thick clouds that stretch for miles.

Yet there is something disquietingly artificial about these landscapes - the ground's pigmentation is several tones too bright, and plants in the middle distance have sharp contours, throwing off our sense of spatial relationships.

These are photographs of an environment Keever has constructed inside of a fish tank - algae grows on the tank's interior, and droplets of water run down the outside of the glass. Inside a 100-gallon aquarium, he creates the topography - miniature mountains, trees, plants and rivers. He then fills the tank with water, dropping in pigments to create the swirling movement of the sky. He lights the tank with colored gels and then photographs it.

Keever's manipulated environments are eerie and beautiful, and one has to marvel at the technique - simulation still has the power to mesmerize. But there's also little here to make us feel good about the real thing, and this is as close of an expression or our troubled relationship to nature as art has recently been able to provide.
-Jessica Lott, NY Arts Magazine


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.