of Mentor Huebner's Favorite Books
Huebner was a huge talent. An Icon in two fields of artistic endeavor
FINE ARTS & FILM. He was an art professional and worked diligently
'full time' at each of his chosen professions.
considered himself an 'artist' by inclination, but first and foremost
in his heart he was a painter. His abundant talent flowed over
and spilled out and he became a 'Studio Artist' despite himself.
But first as a Post Impressionist Painter, he painted landscapes,
seascapes, cityscapes and portraits ~ had 50 One Man Art Exhibits
~ and his paintings were collected around the world. It was the
Motion Picture Artist in him that caused him to work on n 250
was the 'Complete Film Artist.' His visual expertise was total
and overwhelming and his credits swept through the entire range
of categories for film visuals; Designer, Conceptual Artist, Primary
Production illustrator, Choreographer of Complicated Sequences,
Art Director, Production Designer, Conceptual Designer, Architectural
Conceptual Artist, Matte Artist, Conceptual Story board Artist,
it was necessary for him to work on two separate films simultaneously.
The work he did was not accomplished by sitting in his office
making phone calls ~ talking his way through ~ and having 'others'
turn out the product. His work required the rendering of many
complicated drawings and plans. It was three dimensional and either
it was there or it wasn't.
turned out vast quantities of product. Each production received
their monies worth of his designs. He always did more not less.
He had great vision. As they say, he "saw the whole picture".
saw 'everything' from start to finish. In one big explosion of
drew at top speed. He never seemed to have to think. When he placed
the charcoal pencil on the pad on his drawing board ~ drawings
flowed swiftly from his hand much the same as in the case of ghostly
automatic writing. Clearly he was possessed.
had no 'hippy' style or bohemian casual approach to his professions.
He was extremely disciplined. He demanded perfection from himself.
he was sympathetic of the failings of others. He found the most
minute detail to offer compliments to other less gifted artists.
He was able to reach a high level of standards quickly.
work was without question - superior. He felt sorry for those
less fortunate. Upon viewing someone else's work that maybe didn't
hit the mark, he would often say in response to my negativity
about it, "Oh I don't know, at least he's trying....."
afraid I was the one who always responded, "Who the hell
cares. It's no good."
fast and good was a gift that offered him some extra time for
other things. In his spare time he designed Theme Parks and Resorts
then in the limited time available ~ he read books.
was a perpetual student of the arts. He was an Academician. He
would try to persuade fellow studio artists to join him at a museum
exhibit of art work by some one or the other Master. He would
be disappointed if his fellow studio artists didn't seem to show
the least bit of interest.
fact he would be flabbergasted at their lack of enthusiasm, saying,
"I don't get it.........they're artists".
ask him a rhetorical question, "Mentor what makes you think
some of those guys are creating art?"
overflowed with art information. He knew everything about art.
He could draw in any style. He could paint in any style. He had
his own strong view. But he could mimic anyone. And he could accomplish
this within split seconds. ( He was good with accents too. )
taught art at prestigious art institutes for over 25 years. The
motion picture industry paid him at a rate twelve times that of
an art teacher. Still, nothing stopped his enthusiasm for what
he loved to do.
loved to study. He loved to teach. He loved to draw. He loved
to paint. He visited art museums around the world. If an exhibit
was of a Master's work he might go to the show a half dozen times.
He scrutinized every detail every brushstroke. He absorbed all
the efforts made by his 'heroes'. He never tired of studying.
He was never bored. He was never saturated.
so it seems fitting that some of the museums he visited and some
of the books from his library be listed to assist others in the
pursuit of their artistic knowledge.
it will give a glimpse of what influenced him. See what it was
he 'looked' at.
we may never ever come to know what it was he actually 'saw'.
studied his art books, every day over morning coffee - and every
other chance he had - around the clock.
before he died - a couple of months short of being 84, he told
me, "Honey, I think I'm catching on. I think I see what they've
been doing. I see now how they (the Masters) handled 'light'....
God, really Mentor - really? "
was always a bit unnerving to be stared at intently over breakfast.
"What's wrong?" I would ask. "Why are you staring
at me like that?"
the light, Honey, I'm looking at the light on your face...."
of Mentor Huebner's Favorite Museums
thought about Art around the clock. it was always on his mind.
He saw Art everywhere. Wherever he went, if it was just to get
a haircut, or to pick up a loaf of bread, he would observe his
surroundings, looking for scenes he wanted to paint. But besides
being an artist, Mentor was an avid Art Lover. He was wildly enthusiastic
about Art. He visited Museums, Galleries, Churches, private collections,
neighborhood art exhibits, professional art exhibits, and if stopped
at a red light, he wouldn't turn away from 'seeing' the offered
purple hued "Art for Sale - $39.95" (created by World
Famed Artists). Anywhere there was a painting, Mentor stopped
to look. He acknowledged every effort.
he would shake his head from side to side and say, "Jesus"
and sometimes not. But he always 'looked'.
visited every Art Museum and Collection of Art, within his reach.
If his schedule permitted he would attend Art Exhibits of other
Artists. He loved Art. He lived it. He respected all of it in
every form and every media. Though he was a Post Impressionist
Painter and worked in Oil on linen, he appreciated it all.
course when it was a Master...he gave up lunch and drove to the
Exhibit, standing on line for hours. He saw the Van Gogh Show
in Los Angeles over and over and over again.
loved going on location for any Film Production, because that
meant he could see Art in some foreign City. The very first chance
he could grab, he would race off to the Location City's Art Galleries
every one of his overseas Film Production jobs, part of the contractual
agreement was that Mentor would never work on Saturdays as did
traditionally - all the rest of the film crew - because he had
to visit the Art Museums.
studied Art every chance he got.
he contemplated every line and brush stroke created by any respectable
artist ~ some from the past and long since gone....others contemporaries;
alive and maybe not yet famous. He would enthusiastically add
to his vast and complicated storehouse of Art information. Mentor
was never too smug to learn more.
was shocked when fellow Studio Artists did not join him in viewing
another's Art each and every time it was possible. And when they
didn't utilize the opportunity to view the available Art in a
City whenever a Film Studio sent them on a Production Location...
it blew his mind.
would say, "I don't get it. Art is their field and they have
no interest in it."
I wasn't a member of the IATSE, I would say, "Yes, and I
think it shows."
Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is close to where we live and
close enough for fellow Studio Artists to accompany Mentor for
a 'quick peek' .
would think up a lunch viewing for one Art Exhibit or another.
The other 'Studio Artists' loved to get together for lunch and
a drink...but the Art viewing was out of the question. It would
be rejected. (Who knows why?) Since they had 'no time' at lunch,
he's suggest they group to visit a show, either at the Simon,
or somewhere else, on a day off. Nope. Mentor would visit the
Museums multiple times making up for all the other illustrators,
production designers and art directors who couldn't find time.
considered all the movie location jobs a special blessing as they
gave him an opportunity to see Art around the world ~ on the Studio's
following list of Museums may offer one that is close to where
you live. There may be others that require some travel to reach,
but they are well worth it. If you have a chance to visit any
of them, one or more; Do It!
Art is inspiring and enhances spirituality. No matter if you are
an Artist or an Art Lover ~ you'll benefit. It's inevitable.
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Sydney Gallery of Art, Sydney.
France: Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris - National
Museum of Modern Art.
Musée du Louvre, Paris.
Musée d'Orsay, Paris.
Germany: Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin.
Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Italy: Uffizi Gallery, Florence
Netherlands: Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Spain: Museo del Prado, Madrid.
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona
UK: The National Gallery, London.
Tate Gallery, London / Liverpool
National Portrait Gallery, London.
Royal Academy of Arts, London.
Hayward Gallery, South Bank, London
The Saatchi Gallery, County Hall, London.
USA: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco,
Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Los Angeles, Ca.
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
California Center for the Arts Museum, Escondido, Ca.
Chicago Museum of Art, Chicago, Il
Cloisters, The, New York, NY
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Ca.
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, Ca.
Fleischer Museum, Scottsdale, AZ
Frick Museum of Art, New York, NY
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian Institution,
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San
J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center, Los Angeles, Ca.
Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Ca.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, The, New York, NY
Monterey Peninsula Museum of Art, Monterey, Ca.
Montgomery Gallery - Pomona College, Claremont, Ca.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Museum of American Art - Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution, Washington,
Palm Springs Desert Museum, Palm Springs, Ca.
Peggy Phelps Gallery and the East Gallery, Claremont, Ca.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, NY
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Seattle Museum of Art, Seattle, Washington.
San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, Ca.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Ca.
Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, Ca.
Skirball Cultural Center, the - Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles,
Smithsonian Art Museum, Washington DC
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY