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Art Bastard (2016)

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What is art and how does it relate to society? Is its value determined by its popularity or originality? Is the goal profit or expressing one's personal vision? These are some of the questions raised as we follow fiercely independent New York artist Robert Cenedella in his artistic journey through decades of struggling for creative expression. A student, protégé and friend of German artist George Grosz, Cenedella is now passing on the legacy of Grosz's approach to art, in the very same room where Grosz taught. In portraying Cenedella's determination to buck the system of what's popular while critiquing that popularity in his attempt to turn the art world upside down.

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Kanefsky paints a vivid picture of an entertaining rogue, one who finally gets his due with this film.

October 14, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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The madly teeming pop-cartoon paintings of Robert Cenedella anchor a lively look at a self-styled superstar of outsider art.

June 23, 2016 | Full Review…
Variety
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Cenedella may never become a household name, but "Art Bastard" argues persuasively that fame is overrated.

June 23, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The secret sauce of this delicious romp is the joy of hanging out with a delightfully unruly rebel with a paintbrush.

June 23, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Though "Art Bastard" is a zesty, engaging documentary about a veteran outsider, when it comes to his complexities, it's not terribly cohesive.

June 16, 2016 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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You may not recognize the name going in, but after spending 82 minutes watching director Victor Kanefsky cast a heartfelt lens in Cenedella's direction, you'll never forget him.

June 16, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
San Diego Reader
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