Wanted Poster #6, by Charles White, 1969

Charles White Wanted Poster #6, 1969

Medium: Oil wash on board
Dimensions: 59 3/4 x 39 15/16 in. (151.8 x 101.4 cm)
Credit Line: Private collection. Photo by Tim Nighswander/IMAGING4ART

Charles White began the Wanted Poster series after winning an award from the Tamarind Lithography Workshop, widely regarded as one of the leading graphic workshops in the United States. Wanted Poster #6 is an interrogation into the representation of the African American body on runaway slave posters, which usually pictured anonymous figures in neutral poses. With Wanted Poster #6, White borrowed the formal constructs of the slave poster, interlacing it with contemporary representations of the African American female body, a theme for which the artist would become known.

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"Wanted Poster #6." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016. https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/art/wanted-poster-6.