This collection is an ensemble of Poster Art that Cenedella created from the late 1960's through the mid 1980's. During his spare time, he would create Poster Art for issues relevant during the time, such as the Moon Landing in 1969, the Gas Crisis in the mid 1970s, and the incident at Three Mile Island in 1979. Additionally, the Hostility Boards were designed to take anger off the streets during the Vietnam War. These were ideas that he felt were better described with images than paintings on canvas. Click through each poster below to find out more about theme and how they were uniquely relevant during their original launch dates.
As a New Yorker, Cenedella has seen it all (and then painted it). From subway paintings, street scenes, famous landmarks, and Broadway shows, Bob managed to freeze moments in time and preserve them for our viewing pleasure.
Commissioned by the infamous restauranteur, Sirio Maccioni (1932-2020), Cenedella's Oil on Canvas depicts the elegance and spirit of one of the world’s most preeminent restaurants in its original setting. It is a visual feast, a family portrait including more than 100 celebrities and political habitués over the years such as Henry Kissinger, Richard Nixon, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Philip Roth, Paul Newman, Tony Randall, Sophia Loren, and Barbara Walters.
“Yes Art!” was Cenedella’s farewell to art when he decided to join an advertising agency to escape the commercialism of the art world. Predicting that this gimmick-filled show would draw more attention than any other show that year, “Yes Art!” was exhibited in 1965 at the Fitzgerald Gallery. “Yes Art!” was subsequently taken seriously and imitated by many artists, yet without the humor and commentary present in Cenedella’s work.