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All Good Dogs

1987 Raya Bodnarchuk Born: New York, New York 1947 carved white pine 34 1/4 x 19 x 17 7/8 in. (87.1 x 48.3 x 45.3 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Anonymous gift in memory of Walter M. and Nancy A. Hall and Betty Hall McLane 1987.79 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W310

Luce Center Quote

"The shapes I like just happen to fit together in animal arrangements." Raya Bodnarchuk, quoted in Montgomery Journal, November 18, 1983

Luce Center Label

Raya Bodnarchuk emphasizes that she is more interested in animals as forms than as personalities. As the title of this piece implies, All Good Dogs is not a portrait of any particular dog, but represents all dogs. The animal is a "good" dog because it sits calmly, perhaps after being instructed to do so.


Animal - dog


wood - pine