60 - Meet the Man Who Chose Art over Fame (Ft. Robert Cenedella aka The Art Bastard)
About This Episode:
Robert Cenedella is one of America’s most outspoken artists and he is the subject of a documentary that is receiving Oscar consideration. The film Art Bastard has been the darling of the 2016 film festival circuit and is now on the long list for best documentary. Rotten Tomatoes has given the film a 90% fresh rating and Examiner.com called it “an invigorating celebration to a one-of-kind genius”.
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Now is your chance to hear from the rebel artist who never fit into today’s art world but has become one of its most provocative, rabble-rousing characters nevertheless. In an art world obsessed with money, fame, and hype, meet an artist who is driven by justice defiance and his own singular style.
About Robert Cenedella:
Robert Cenedella's works are known for their pictorial satire, humor and fantasy. His art chronicles the changing rituals and myths of society in contemporary America. In the last 20 years, Cenedella has amassed considerable international praise as well as inclusion in numerous public and private collections. His commissions include works for the Bacardi Int’l, Absolut Vodka, a theater piece for Tony Randall, and two paintings for the Le Cirque 2000 Restaurant in New York and Mexico City. Cenedella’s “Le Cirque — The First Generation” still hangs at the restaurant’s entryway and is featured in the book “A Table at Le Cirque”.
Cenedella's life and works are the subject of the 2016 documentary film Art Bastard. The film has garnered multiple awards in the festival circuit, such as Winner of Best Documentary at the Manchester Film Festival and Winner of Best Documentary and Best Director — Documentary at the Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema. The film showcases "the mischievous tale of a rebel who never fit into today's art world, yet has become one of its most provocative, rabble-rousing characters nevertheless... [It's] as energetic, humorous and unapologetically honest as the uncompromising man at its center: Robert Cenedella." To quote Cenedella, "You can bastardize everything else in your life, but if you compromise with your art, why be an artist?"
In 2015, Cenedella was commissioned to create a painting titled Fín del Mundo, a tryptic that "captures the chaos surrounding Donald Trump's march to the White House." It was displayed in time for the United States presidential election on November 2, 2016 at Central Park Fine Arts.
What the critics are saying:
*New York Times CRITIC's PICK! "Robust documentary portrait of lifelong rebel and art-world gadfly." Cenedella comes across as a reassuring voice of sanity. -Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Michelangelo had the Sistine Chapel. Robert Cenedella has P.J. Carney’s." FILM PUTS ART-WORLD REBEL ON NEW CANVAS -Steve Dollar, WALL STREET JOURNAL
"THE BEST FILM ABOUT ART I HAVE SEEN... A scintillating, visually splendid look at the life and satirical work of socially conscious, talented and articulate art rebel Robert Cenedella. The art establishment should take a fresh look at Cenedella’s work, which certainly deserves a major, reflective New York exhibition at this point in time." - William Wolf, wolfentertainmentguide.com
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