Iconic pop artist Andy Warhol might be famous for his prints and paintings, but did you know that he, too, once dabbled in making digital art? Learn more about his lesser known works after the jump!
The name Andy Warhol has been associated with many things – almost synonymous with all things analogue, even – but perhaps never digital art. However, it turns out that the pop art icon had actually once dabbled in making art using the then-new form of technology. A team from Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Club was able to discover a series of digital artworks saved on floppy disks and made by Warhol himself, apparently after being commissioned by Commodore International to demonstrate the capability of its Amiga 100 personal computer.
Apparently, the quest to find these began after artist Cory Arcangel saw this video of a demo taken in 1985. Three years ago, Arcangel got in touch with the Andy Warhol Museum and proposed the restoration of the Amiga hardware in their care. And so with the help of Carnegie Museum of Art curator Tina Kukielski, CMU art professor and director of the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry (FRSCI) at CMU Golan Levin, and the university’s Computer Club, Warhol’s digital artworks were finally unearthed from the disks after a painstaking process.
In all, there were 28 recovered images, 11 of which bear Warhol’s signature but all verified by the Andy Warhol Museum nonetheless. A screening of the short film “Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments,” which chronicles the whole process, is set on May 10 at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall.
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