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Title: Most Wanted Men No. 12, Frank B.
Date: April–July 1964
Artist: Andy Warhol
American, 1928–1987
Medium: screenprint ink on linen
Dimensions:
48 1/4 x 40 in. (122.6 x 101.6 cm)
framed: 50 3/16 x 42 1/4 in. (127.5 x 107.3 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Greenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Greenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Greenberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blatt
Object Number: 623:1979
Current Location: On View, Gallery 254
Notes:
Commissioned to create a mural for the 1964 World ’s Fair in New York, Andy Warhol silkscreened a series of paintings depicting the New York City Police Department’s “Thirteen Most Wanted Men. ” By enlarging and elevating mug shots of the city ’s most dangerous fugitives, such as this profile of murderer Frank Bellone, Warhol examines the American tendency to merge criminality with celebrity. As the artist once said, “…if you’re a crook you’re still considered up-there. You can write books, go on TV, give interviews —you ’re a big celebrity and nobody even looks down on you because you ’re a crook.”
Signed: unsigned
Provenance
by 1966 -
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY [1]

by 1970 -
Dayton's Gallery 12, Minneapolis, MN [2]

by 1975 - 1979
Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO [3]

1979 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Greenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Greenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Greenberg, and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Blatt [4]


Notes:
[1] According to the Frei and Printz catalogue raisonné, all 22 canvases from the "Most Wanted Men" series were originally consigned to the Leo Castelli Gallery [Frei and Printz eds. "The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. 2A, Paintings and Sculptures 1964-1969." New York: Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2002, p. 26, Cat. no. 566].

[2] The exhibition catalogue for the Andy Warhol exhibit organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art cites "Most Wanted Men No. 12, Frank B." (later 623:1979) as courtesy Dayton's Gallery 12, Minneapolis, MN [John Coplans ed., "Andy Warhol." New York: New York Graphic Society, 1970, unpaginated].

[3] We know that Greenberg Gallery had 623:1979 in its collection in 1975, but it is unknown who they acquired it from. Saint Louis Art Museum Loan Agreement Form with the Greenberg Gallery, St. Louis, MO, December 16, 1975 [SLAM document files].

[4] Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, December 19, 1975.
Exhibition History
Title: Op, Pop, Plus: American Paintings of the 1960s and 70s from The Saint Louis Art Museum
Date: March 31 - May 19, 1985
Venue: Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas
Title: Andy Warhol
Date: October 15, 1975 – December 16, 1975
Venue: The Greenberg Gallery
Title: Portrait/Embodiment/Homage
Date: November 3, 2006–June 30, 2007
Venue: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Title: Andy Warhol
Date: May 12, 1970-September 6, 1970
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Venue: Pasadena Museum of California Art
Publication History
Title: Andy Warhol Retrospective
Editor: Heiner Bastian
Publisher: Tate Publishing
Title: Andy Warhol
Year Published: 1970
Title: Andy Warhol and His World
Editor: Lise Kaiser
Title: Andy Warhol
Author: Rainer Crone
Title: The Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné
Periodical Title: Warhol 02A, Paintings and Sculptures 1964-1969
Author: Georg Frei
Author: Neil Printz
Title: Andy Warhol: A Retrospective
Year Published: 1989
Title: Pop Art: A Critical History
Author: Steven Henry Madoff
Title: Outlaw Representation: Censorship and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century American Art
Author: Richard Meyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Title: Pop Art and the Contest Over American Culture
Author: Sara Doris
Title: Warhol
Author: Richard Morphet
Title: Des Criminels sur les Murs
Periodical Title: L'Express
Author: Jean-Louis Ferrier
Title: Portrait/Homage/Embodiment
Author: Matthias Waschek
Publisher: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Title: Andy Warhol: Death and Disaster
Author: Neil Printz
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