The Long Lost Digital Art of Andy Warhol Is Finally Going on Display

Forgotten, 30-year-old Warhol works are getting their 15 minutes of fame.

Images courtesy of the Carnegie Library.

Andy Warhol might be best known for paintings of soup cans and experimental films (of a poet sleeping, a painter eating, and the Empire State Building just existing), but the artworks he created with his Commodore Amiga computer—which had been housed on old floppy disks for nearly 30 years—are finally entering the spotlight.

Next month, the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall in Pittsburgh will debut the documentary Trapped: Andy Warhol's Amiga Experiments, which follows artist Cory Arcangel's quest to retrieve the art Warhol created in 1984 on his personal computer. Arcangel found the works in 2011 when he began restoring the computers in the collection at the Andy Warhol Museum and archiving the art he found. We don't know yet if the portrait of Debbie Harry that Warhol can be seen working on in the video below is included in this cache.

The three images here are the only ones that have been released to the press so far, but Arcangel and members of Carnegie Mellon University's computer club were able to retrieve a total of 23 works from Warhol's old machines. If you can't make it to the documentary's premiere on May 10, it'll be available to view online on May 12.

Images courtesy of the Carnegie Library.
Images courtesy of the Carnegie Library.

—Details associate online style editor Justin Fenner.

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