Hundreds of previously unseen films by the artist will soon be available for public viewing.
Last August 14, Thursday, the Museum of Modern Art in New York announced its participation in the task of digitizing films by Andy Warhol, which begins this month. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the visual effects firm MPC are also part of this undertaking. By doing so, hundreds of previously unseen Warhol films, shot in 16mm format between 1963 and 1972, will finally be available for public viewing.
Aside from his silkscreen printing materials, Warhol had also made himself a master of the still and moving cameras. His prints, illustrations, and photographs have already been seen by many. Unfortunately, with a few exceptions, the same cannot be said for his avant-garde movies.
In between his other projects, the artist filmed a lot of them. While most of the films would most likely not ring a bell, there were a few that became quite known. These include “Sleep,” “Screen Tests,” “Empire,” “Poor Little Rich Girl,” and “Chelsea Girls.”