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Monkey Dog

1967 Miles Burkholder Carpenter Born: Brownstown, Pennsylvania 1889 Died: Petersburg, Virginia 1985 painted and carved tree limbs, metal screw and tacks, fabric, and ribbon 11 1/4 x 7 1/8 x 14 1/4 in. (28.6 x 18.1 x 36.2 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr. and museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson 1986.65.236 Not currently on view


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“If I can make something look funny and ugly, I’m delighted. I just love to watch people look at my stuff and see the pleasure they get from it. The funny looking things---they take to it better.” Miles Carpenter, quoted in James L. Mathis, “Art for Folks,” VCU Magazine, May 1974

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Monkey Dog is one of the many animals, both real and imagined, that Miles Carpenter carved out of wood. Along with his “root monsters” and watermelon slices, the monkey dogs are some of the most popular (Lynda Hartigan, Made with Passion, 1990). Carpenter enjoyed adding humor to his figures and admitted that sometimes he created ugly animals and did not know what they were. (Jann Malone, “He Manufactures Monsters,” Richmond Times Dispatch, October 6, 1974)

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Animal - monkey

sculpture

folk art

fabric

metal

wood

About Miles Burkholder Carpenter

Born: Brownstown, Pennsylvania 1889 Died: Petersburg, Virginia 1985

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