Spring has hundreds of flowers
Graham Parks
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Parks' small-scale paintings depict silhouette-like fragments of natural and urban landscapes. Treetops and Modernist facades are transformed into reductive, poetic simplifications. Executed in a streamlined, graphically precise style, his essentialist paintings record places with which the artist has a personal connection, and explore the alliance between nature and architecture. Parks first takes photographs of places he wishes to remember, such as a mountain lake near where he was raised, or buildings in a city that he has visited. He then crops and edits a picture to its most fundamental elements while creating a flat, frontal optical quality to his highly formal paintings. He meticulously tapes off polarized sections from one another, crisply separating textured and matte from smooth and glossy surfaces in alternately vibrant colors or muted monochromatic palettes.
-Catalog excerpt


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.