Donald Dennis Celender

Artball Playing Cards

Donald Dennis Celender, Artball Playing Cards
Donald Dennis Celender (1931-2005)
Artball Playing Cards

deck of playing cards in cardstock case, includes 52 cards + 2 jokers (housed in a red fabric box)

3 1/2 x 2 3/4 x 3/4 inches
edition size unknown


Celender created two packs of playing cards with juxtapositions of artists and sports players. Both titled ArtBall, one pack centered on baseball and the other, this pack, centered on football. The cards featured 1960’s contemporary artists, critics, and gallerists like Stella, Greenberg, Bacon, Motherwell, Kelly, Serra, Rose, Nevelson, Fischbach, Arman, Bellamy, Parsons and others, and displayed their heads in a photomontage onto action poses, making a full deck of commercially printed playing cards, often humorously, and with amusing captions to match (Geldzahler--Tight End; Nevelson--Linebacker; Bacon--Running Back). Celender created a third deck, Holy Holy Art Cards, in 1975 in which artists’ portraits were collaged into paintings of religious figures with religious prose passages on the backs.

cards are all in very good vintage condition, lid of playing card case torn at seams but is still in one piece

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.

$ 500