Lost Andy Warhol art has been found on a collection of old floppy disks that were used by the artist. Andy Warhol may seem like an ideal Apple user, but back in the 1980s he aligned himself with Commodore and its Amiga 1000.
The artist took to the stage at the launch of the machine and painted, on it, an image of Debbie Harry. That image and footage of it being created was preserved, but other Amiga daubs by Warhol were believed to have been lost. Until now.
The disks were not actually lost, they were in the hands of the Andy Warhol Museum, but they were gathering dust. It is the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Club's Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry that blew the dust of the disks and freed them from the archives.
The results have been posted to the Studio's website and show a number of common Warhol themes, including a certain brand of soup.
"What's amazing is that by looking at these images, we can see how quickly Warhol seemed to intuit the essence of what it meant to express oneself, in what then was a brand-new medium: the digital," said New York-based artist Cory Arcangel, who kicked off the hunt.
Twenty-eight image files were found on the disks, and each had promising names, such as marilyn1.pic, however they were in a format that could not be opened. The CMU reverse-engineered the format and revealed the disks' content. Of the 28 images, 11 bear the artists signature.
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