In a madcap art world obsessed with money, fame and hype, how does an artist driven by justice, defiance and his own singular style thrive? The visceral documentary Art Bastard is the rousing tale of a rebel who never fit into today’s art world… yet has become one of its most provocative, rabble-rousing characters nevertheless. Robert Cenedella was a contemporary of Andy Warhol, but he has essentially served as the anti-Warhol: his noisy, raucous, color-splashed paintings of city scenes approach the world with a sincerity that defies the irony, frivolity and controversy-for-the-sake-of-controversy that have become the cultural currency since the 1960s. In a fast-moving series of riveting interviews with family members, art critics, museum directors, New York power brokers, art students and Cenedella himself, filmmaker Victor Kanefsky candidly presents the Cenedella’s personal journey—and reveals the creation of a modern art career that ignored all the modern art rules. At once a portrait of the artist as a young troublemaker, an alternate history of modern art and a quintessential New York story, Art Bastard is as energetic, humorous and unapologetically honest as the uncompromising man at its center.