Wanted by the FBI. Interstate Flight - Murder, Kidnaping. Angela Yvonne Davis [Inscribed]. Angela Davis.

Wanted by the FBI. Interstate Flight - Murder, Kidnaping. Angela Yvonne Davis [Inscribed]

Washington DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1970. Washington DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1970. 10 1/2 x 15 3/4", offset printed. Inscribed by Angela Davis beneath her photo, "Peace! Angela Y. Davis L. A. 10/12/97." Provenance available upon request.

The FBI wanted poster, issued August 18, 1970, for Angela Davis, then wanted on charges connected to the events of August 7 of that year at the Marin County Courthouse. Davis was then on the FBI most wanted list, only the third woman ever to be afforded that distinction. After evading police for two weeks, she was captured and incarcerated for 16 months before being acquitted at trial.

The iconography of FBI wanted posters is a very specific type of modern portraiture, sometimes - as appears to be the case here - appropriating photographs taken of subjects in other contexts, instead of mug shots. The proximity of the inscription to the left hand photograph, suggests that Davis reappropriates her image which had been stolen by the pursuer.

Folded three times for mailing; old paper tape remnants at upper and lower margins and lower tips at verso from being posted. Signature slightly smudged. Very good. Item #25168

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