Donald Dennis Celender

Holy Holy Art Cards: Fancy Assorted Christmas Selection

Donald Dennis Celender, Holy Holy Art Cards: Fancy Assorted Christmas Selection
Donald Dennis Celender (


Holy Holy Art Cards: Fancy Assorted Christmas Selection
49 offset-printed color cards
4 1/4h x 2 1/2w x 1d in

edition size unknown 



box containing 49 cards with artists faces pasted onto bodies of pious scholars, popes, bishops, vicars, cross-bearing Christs, monks, nuns, Virgin Marys, John the Baptists and avenging Archangels, with backside of each card containing a religious- themed quote from the artist  

artists represented: Don Celender, Francis Bacon, J. Oliver Mitchell, Ivan C. Karp, Donald Judd, Wayne Thiebaud, Claes Oldenburg, Philip Pearlstein, Ernest Trova, Elaine de Kooning, Alexander Liberman, Richard Estes, Cy Twombly, Lucy Lippard, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Norman Rockwell, Marisol, Richard L. Feigen, Jim Dine, Bob Morris, Denise René, Richard Lindner, Robert Motherwell, George Segal, Paul Jenkins, Thomas Hoving, John Coplans, Harry N. Abrams, Clyfford Still, Richard Artschwager, Isamu Noguchi, Andrew Wyeth, Victor Vasarely, Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson, Josef Albers, Henry Geldzahler, Mark Tobey, Roy Lichtenstein, Lucas Samaras, Jasper Johns, Helen Frankenthaler, Marc Chagall, Henry Moore, Georgia O’Keeffe, Hilton Kramer

Celender also created two packs of playing cards with juxtapositions of artists and sports players. Both titled ArtBall, one pack centered on baseball and the other, centered on football. 

Don Celender was an art professor and conceptual artist who championed accessibility and humor in an artistic practice often considered as being overly intellectual. He was represented by OK Harris Gallery and taught at Macalester College in St. Paul.