So What! (1969) was created by Cenedella 3 days after the Daily News launched their front page story on July 21st, 1969, the day after U.S. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human's to walk on the moon.
There was a lot of speculation back in 1969 as to whether this mission ever took place in space with some insinuating that the Moon Landing was filmed in a Hollywood studio instead. Whether that is true or not, Cenedella makes the comment "So What!" to highlight that other issues were just as, if not more, important than landing on the moon.
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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.