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Lost Andy Warhol Digital Works Found on Floppy Disks


In 1985, Commodore released what was then one of the most powerful personal computers on the market: the Amiga 1000. To show off the computer’s advanced graphics capabilities, the manufacturer approached Andy Warhol to complete a series of digital works using a prototype of the Amiga 1000′s state-of-the-art software imaging tools. Long thought to be lost forever, the imagery was recently rediscovered in the archives of The Andy Warhol Museum thanks to Carnegie Mellon University’s Computer Club.

The group was able to resurrect 28 digital images that Warhol had created and saved directly to system and application disks. While some pieces are clearly signature Warhol, others – such as a depiction of Venus – stray heavily from the renowned artist’s signature pop art aesthetic.

Look for a short film highlighting the works and Carnegie Mellon’s discovery of the pieces – entitled Trapped: Andy Warhol’s Amiga Experiments online at nowseethis.org on May 12.




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