Mona Lisa with Albers
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Mona Lisa with Albers (1965) was exhibited in Cenedella's "Yes Art!" exhibition in 1965. Created in response to Marcel Duchamp's L.H.O.O.Q. (1919), where he painted a pencil thin mustache on Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa (1503-1506), Cenedella decided to use one of Josef Albers Homage to the Square, which was a series of square paintings from the 1950's-70's.
In response to this photo montage, a former director of the Whitney museum once said, "Duchamp makes the common object uncommon. While Cenedella makes the uncommon object common."
"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. A wildly successful satirical gesture as well as a critical analysis of Pop Art and the marketing hype that made it popular, "Yes Art!" was subsequently taken seriously and imitated by many artists, yet without the humor and commentary present in Cenedella's work.