M12 is a group of award-winning artists, researchers, and writers collectively based in Denver, Colorado. Primarily known for art projects that explore public space, rural cultures and landscapes, M12 holds a unique position as both a non-profit arts organization and an artistic practice. Over the past two years, the organization launched the Landlines Initiative, a program resulted in a series of site-specific art projects inspired by the landscape and its history.
Philip Johnson commissioned Warhol to make a large-scale work for the exterior for his pavilion for the New York World’s Fair, along with other artists. Warhol’s provocative response, a multiple portrait of ‘Most Wanted Men’ was installed a few days before the opening but was deems too inflammatory and contrary to the upbeat image of the World’s Fair and the work was taken down.