Cannibal III
Leslie Wayne
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

My concerns with abstract painting are twofold. First is with abstraction as a visual language - how post-modern abstraction has lost its potential for meaning since photography, video and the computer have become force multipliers in the field of representation. In this light, I am interested in the dichotomy between an abstraction of disenchantment , and the ability of color and form to inspire great depths of feeling and thought.

Second is with my own work, my aim being to inspire an initial response which is visceral and intuitive, rather than intellectual - a sensation that relates to the way we feel in our own skins. Painting for me results not so much in a picture as a direct imprint of duration, exposing the process of building up all the layers of color, and with it, all the layers of time expended.

"Cannibal III" was inspired by a late Guston painting entitled "Painter's Forms II." Guston paints a huge gaping mouth on a table spewing out a gangly mess of limbs and shoes, bottles and tools - all the things which ultimately become the iconic forms of his later work. My painting becomes like the mouth in Guston's piece, spewing forth the vernacular forms of my abstracted painterly world.
-Leslie Wayne


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.