Harlan Hubbard Exhibit

Covington, Ky., museum to open
Hubbard art exhibit

The collection was donated
by the artist to his hometown museum

Staff Report

COVINGTON, Ky. (March 2013) – Twenty-seven years ago, renowned artist and author Harlan Hubbard chose Behringer-Crawford Museum to help preserve his artwork and legacy. He donated 21 paintings, 11 watercolors and six woodcut prints to the museum in 1986.

Hubbard’s Fort Thomas, Ky., roots and his life of simplicity at his home in Payne Hollow, Ky., in Trimble County, were well suited to Behringer-Crawford Museum’s mission of preserving and sharing the heritage of Northern Kentucky. By developing a lasting relationship with Harlan Hubbard and accepting Hubbard’s generous gift, Behringer-Crawford Museum became one of the few institutions dedicated to continuing the legacy of this talented and unique Kentuckian.

Behringer-Crawford Museum is honored to display several of Harlan Hubbard’s pieces within its permanent galleries and periodically showcases it’s larger collection of artwork in special exhibits. The most recent collective exhibition was in 2009.

From March 15 to May 5, Behringer-Crawford Museum returns with “Harlan Hubbard:The Complexity of Simplicity.” This exhibit will show a representative number of the museum’s works donated by Hubbard as well as several pieces donated to the museum by others. Significant piece within the Behringer-Crawford Museum’s collection include “Summer” and “Brent Remembered.”

“Summer” (oil on canvas, 1934) depicts a man tilling the soil on a hot summer day visually capturing the lifestyle Hubbard chose to live. “Brent Remembered” (oil on tin, 1937) recreates the small town of Brent, Kentucky, now part of Sliver Grove. In the painting, Hubbard records the names of local residence as a remembrance of the people and places he encountered in the town where he built his shanty boat.

Although Harlan and his equally talented wife, Anna, no longer fill their Payne Hollow home with love, conversation, music and art, their memory and importance are long from forgotten. Join Behringer-Crawford Museum in promoting the enduring Hubbard story and his stunning ability to capture the complex beauty found in the simplicity of nature and everyday life.

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