Warhol was one of several artists invited to produce art for the façade of the New York State Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair in 1964. He chose as his subject 13 alleged criminals, using as source material FBI mug shots of wanted men. (Gangsters held a fascination for Warhol, representing the anti-hero in his pantheon of fame). State government officials asked Warhol for an alternative submission, claiming that they might be opening themselves to lawsuits, since only a few of the men were still wanted by the police. Instead, Warhol obliterated the portraits with a layer of silver paint, leaving them as a silent reminder of their rejection. These canvases, recreating the original series, are brought together for the first time.