Amy Wilson
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School
Schwartz Art Collection, Harvard Business School

Wilson's small, sweet fantasy landscapes look as if they were made by an industrious 12-year-old girl under the influence of Henry Darger. Populated by scores of battling young girls and skeletons, they tell of an epic struggle between forces of life and death.

Incongruously, the many speech bubbles emitted by both girls and skeletons are filled not with the language of juvenile adventure fiction, but with extended passages of punditry lifted from the pages of magazines like Mother Jones, The Nation, The Weekly Standard and The New Criterion. Hand-printed in eye-straining tiny letters, the commentary -- on topics like corporate corruption, the Republicans' supposed theft of the presidency, the Iraq invasion, globalization and so on -- seems to bear no relationship to the pictorial action.

After a while, though, it starts to make a certain poetic sense. Maybe primitive and juvenile mythic narratives do underlie the technocratic chatter about complicated national and international disputes that so trouble the world.
-Ken Johnson, The New York Times


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.