The JPMorgan Chase Art Collection: Then and Now | J.P. Morgan

The JPMorgan Chase Art Collection: Then and Now | J.P. Morgan


This is a painting by Sam Francis, who was
an emerging artist. David Rockefeller visited him in his studio
in 1959, so it’s a really fabulous work and a foundational artwork in the collection. It was acquired in 1961 for a flagship Chase
branch. The art collection was founded by David Rockefeller. He had a vision that “Art at Work,” which
is what he called the art collection and program, would elevate the experience of people that
work at the bank, and also those who come and do business with us. David Rockefeller believed that art would
inspire people to think in a more creative way… to approach their work kind of energized
by the vision of other people. And artists have a way of opening our eyes
and helping us see the world through a different lens. There are lots of examples in the early 1960s
of David Rockefeller and the art committee that he worked with identifying artists who
were not known…and they were African American artists, they were women artists, all different
backgrounds and cultures working in a variety of media. The art collection is a catalyst for connection. It connects our clients, our colleagues and
our communities. So for six decades, this collection has been
a point of contact and a real culture carrier in our company because it’s always focused
on emerging artists. The idea that artists are at the pulse of
what’s happening in our culture, in our country and all over the world. It reflects the global vision of our company
and recognizes that artists are an important part of the creative economy. Our company is very committed to diversity
of all kinds to this day…and it’s a big commitment that we have. We walk the walk, and we talk the talk. This is an artist, Neil Goldberg, who lives
and works in New York, whose practice is really quite diverse. This is a recent acquisition. It’s called Other People’s Prescriptions,
and it’s a way of kind of metaphorically and literally inviting you to see the world
through someone else’s eyes. So the collection really has kind of every
example of painting, sculpture, photography, increasingly digital and video art. So, it’s a very multidimensional collection,
and it also reflects our focuses on modern and contemporary art. This is a painting by Joan Mitchell, a woman
artist made in 1959, acquired for the collection in 1960. She’s an artist who in recent decades has,
after her death, gained a tremendous amount of notoriety and reputation. It’s a very different time now than it was
in 1959, when David Rockefeller established the Art Collection, and my team and our predecessors
have always held up that legacy. It truly inspires us every day.

Dereck Turner

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