Prints that were created using the same screens that produced the controversial mural by legendary artist Andy Warhol is currently on exhibit in New York some 50 years after it attracted controversy at the 1964 New York World’s Fair.
Last April 27, 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair opened at the Queens Museum in New York in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. The highlight of the exhibit is the collection of nine out of the second set of 13 Most Wanted Men prints that he created in 1964. That year, Warhol, along with 10 other artists were commissioned to decorate the New York State Pavilion. For his part, Warhol did a large mural featuring blow-up mugshots of 13 most wanted men of 1962, sourced from a booklet by the New York City Police Department. The mural was installed at the Circarama on April 15, 1964; however, his project did not sit well with the government officials. As a result, Fair officials ordered that his mural be covered with silver paint – with Warhol’s consent, apparently.
The exhibit is on until September 7 this year. As stated on Queens Museum’s website, “A sampling of paintings and sculpture from that year; artists’ and photojournalists’ documentation of the Fair and of the Factory; and never-before-displayed materials from The Andy Warhol Museum archives unwind the mystery behind who ordered the painting-over of the Men and people and places that shaped the work and the incident.”