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date: 14 December 2019

Huene, Stephan von locked

  • Hugh Davies

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(b Los Angeles, CA, Sept 15, 1932; d ?Hamburg, Germany, Sept 5, 2000). American sculptor and teacher, second cousin of the woodwind instrument maker Friedrich von Huene. The son of Baltic-German parents, Huene received his BFA degree from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles in 1959 and MA degree from UCLA in 1965. After teaching and exhibiting in California and elsewhere, in 1976–77 he received a grant to work in Berlin. About 1980 he moved permanently to Germany where he taught at the Hamburg Fachhochschule für Gestaltung and the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe.

From the mid-1960s Huene constructed a range of automated sculptures involving sound. They are all powered by a pneumatic system similar to that of a player piano and have lively and often humorous movement and sound relationships. The surrealist Kaleidophonic Dog (1965–7) consists of the front half of a dog lying on its back above a small xylophone on a plinth; five loops of punched tape inside the plinth control the movement of the dog’s legs and the playing not only of the xylophone but also of eight hidden organ pipes and a wooden drum. ...

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