Famous American artist Robert Cenedella presents So Many Roads
Also known as Grateful Dead 1965-Forever, this historic mural is meant to be enjoyed by all Deadheads. Whether it’s seasoned veterans who’ve known what it’s been like to be at a show for the past six decades, or newcomers who’ve just hopped on the proverbial “bus”, their interpretation of this painting will be unique in scope, but similar in admiration.
Listening to the vast catalog of the dead can trigger timeless memories, but when you pair their music with Cenedella’s painting, you begin to relive the experience of all those unforgettable sights, and it leaves you wishing you were still here in that place. and at that moment as if the music had never stopped.
The beauty of so many roads is that Cenedella has managed to concoct a Deadhead utopia on canvas that leaves your eyes wandering from panel to panel, while pondering the deeper meaning behind all the images in the painting. In the same way, Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow carried the same sentiment through their lyrics. This painting, like their songs, tells a story open to interpretation and resonates with the individual as they see fit.
Cenedella is proud of this historic tribute painting and his hope is that so many roads brings to the viewer the same kind of adulation and delight that the Grateful Dead has passed on to all Deadheads for the past 57+ years. This triptych masterpiece is dedicated to the Grateful Dead, their families and all who have made everyone’s long and strange journey possible since 1965.
A portion of the proceeds from all digital archival prints and posters will benefit Effectivea nonpartisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy.
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ON ROBERT CENEDELLE
Robert Cenedella is born in Milford, Mass. in 1940. He received his formal education from the High School of Music & Art in New Yorkand the Art Students League of New York. From 1988 to 2020 he inherited the George Grosz Chair at La Ligue where he was invited to teach its life drawing class and a painting workshop. Following a definitive artistic tradition, like Brueghel, Daumier, Hogarth, and Grosz before him, Cenedella dedicated his art to chronicling the evolving rituals and myths of contemporary American society.
Over the past 35 years, Cenedella has garnered considerable international acclaim as well as inclusion in numerous public and private collections. His commissions include works for the famous Bacardi International and Absolut VODKA, a play for actor Tony Randalltwo historically significant murals for Le Cirque 2000 restaurants in New York and Mexico Cityand most recently a visual jam to commemorate the history of the Grateful Dead.
In September 1985Cenedella exhibited at the Bagatelle du Bois de Boulogne in Parisa show sponsored by Mr. Jacques Chiracthen mayor of Paris. In 1988, he organized a personal exhibition at the head office of Saatchi & Saatchi in New Yorkand in 1990 it was included in the prestigious Amnesty International exhibit in SoHo, New York. In December 1994he had a major retrospective at the Galerie Am Scheunenviertel in Berlin, Germany, which was a tribute to his former mentor and ran concurrently with George Grosz’s centenary exhibition at the National Gallery in Berlin. That same year, Cenedella’s concept of selling stocks in his painting 2001 – A stock market odyssey was disclosed in a New York Times feature article. The idea raised Leo Castelli, the SoHo gallerist, who once compared the art boom of the 1980s to the rise of junk bonds, to call the experience “a work of conceptual art.” Cenedella also featured in by Norbert Bunge award-winning documentary film George Grosz in America: Life is good in the maze presented to the Berlin Film Festival in 1995.
From 1995 to 2000, Robert Cenedella exposed and gave conferences around United States. From March to May 2003, a comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s political works was sponsored by The Nation Institute. This exhibition, The Nation Hangs Cenedella, took place at New York executive offices of The Nation magazine and covered topics ranging from the Selma riots to the pre-emptive war against Iraq. It was the first exhibition given to an American artist by The Nation. On March 11, 2004Cenedella unveiled “The Easel Painting Revival” at Cirque 2000. In the spring of 2005, Robert Cenedella had a personal exposure to Colgate University in Hamilton, New Yorkand gave a lecture entitled: “WHAT IS NOT ART”.
Cenedella’s art and life were the subject of a book, “The American Artist as Satirist”, by M. Kay Flavell. Cenedella was also the protagonist of Art bastard, a historical documentary film about his life and work, released in the spring of 2016 by Concannon Productions, Inc. to critical acclaim. It was written and directed by Victor Kanefskyproduced by Chris T. Concannonand edited by Jim MacDonald.
Robert Cenedella maintained a studio for 60 years in Tribeca and Midtown Manhattan; In August 2020Cenedella moved from New York City at Maine with his wife, Liz, where he paints full time. During the summer, Cenedella spends her time on her private island at Maine in a rustic cabin that he personally built many years ago. He uses this time for reflection and inspiration. He is currently working on a coffee table book revolving around his art and life story, due out in 2023, titled Robert Cenedella | 60 years of American art.
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