The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Collector Visit: The Collection of Alison and Alan Schwartz
Collector Visit: The Collection of Alison and Alan Schwartz
May 9th, 2012 7:00pm - May 9th, 2012 9:00pm
Join The Ministry for an exclusive tour of the private collection of Alison and Alan Schwartz. Members are invited to an exclusive opportunity to view this fantastic private collection.

The term "blue-chip" is used in the art world the same way it is used in finance, to denote quality of the highest order and a sound investment of widely-recognized reliability. Artists attain this description when they enter into the generally accepted canon of greatness. The private art collection of Alison and Alan Schwartz is one of only a few blue-chip collections in Toronto and The Ministry is pleased to invite members for an exclusive viewing of the works installed in their home.

The tour will be lead by Alan Schwartz, a respected statesman of international-quality contemporary art in Canada. After a storied career in law and financial services, Alan dedicated himself to art, his true passion. He has served as the Chair of the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum and has held board positions at many important institutions including the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. An early supporter and collector of the current stars of fine art photography, Alan and his wife Alison have donated over 250 important photographic works to the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

While continuing their philanthropic efforts, Alison and Alan have replenished their collection with an arsenal of works from some of the most important artists in the world. Photographs by Cindy Sherman, Andreas Gursky, Jeff Wall, Rodney Graham and Thomas Ruff adorn their home alongside paintings, sculptures and new-media works by Anselm Kiefer, George Condo, Glen Ligon, Kara Walker, Georg Baselitz, Richard Serra, Bill Viola, Jim Campbell and others. All of the works in this private collection will find their way to the great museums of the world one day and it is a special privilege to see them in a domestic context.

As members tour the collection, Alan will discuss each piece and elaborate on his involvement in the contemporary art world.

Note: this event has reached capacity.
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Location details to be provided to members of The Ministry after reservation.

RSVP Information

Limited to 20 members, priority by RSVP

Registration will be available to members one week before the event.