Whitfield Lovell
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School © 2019 Whitfield Lovell.
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School © 2019 Whitfield Lovell.
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School © 2019 Whitfield Lovell.

Lovell uses his personal archive of late nineteenth and early twentieth century studio photographs of African Americans as the basis for his charcoal drawings on wood. Paying close attention to the grain and texture of the wood as well as to any remnants of color from paint or wallpaper, the artist adds found objects, creating a three-dimensional work that brings strangers from the past directly into the viewer's world.
- Catalog excerpt

Books in the collection

The art of Whitfield Lovell: whispers from the walls / text by Lucy R. Lippard

Whitfield Lovell / essay by Dominique Nahas


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.