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Summary Of 13 Most Wanted Men By Alhol Warhol

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Instead of taking the rejection with a grain of salt and moving on, Warhol interpreted it as a challenge to convince others to view him as a serious artist. He realized no one would take him seriously if he continued to pursue his interests such as displayed in “Boys Kissing Boys.” Instead of moving away from his homosexual subject matter altogether, Warhol found other less direct ways of including it in his work. “13 Most Wanted Men” was commissioned to be displayed at the 1964-1965 New York World’s fair, but it was painted over within days of its debut in what some have described as quite literally “white-washing” the work. Warhol printed large images of criminals side-by-side who were suspected of being part of the Mafia; the images he gathered were from a booklet that was released by the NYPD’s Commissioner a few months prior to the fair’s opening day. The piece was 20’x20’ and done entirely in black and white. Gerard Malanga, Warhol’s studio assistant, said “[Andy] thought it would be funny and shocking within the context of a family outing,” in regards to Warhol’s choice of subject matter. The subject in this context is the “wanted” men. On the surface of the work, it features mugshots of thirteen criminals, however, there is a double meaning placed within the title of the work. Warhol is toying with the notion that law enforcement officials were not the only ones who “want” men. The entire piece is built around a pun with homosexual undertones. The portraits are
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