A dozen newly discovered images were unearthed from the 1985
computer disks by the university's computer club. They depict
common Warhol subjects including Campbell's Soup cans, self
portraits, bananas and Marilyn Monroe as well as doodles and
camera shots of a desktop.
Carnegie Mellon art professor Golan Levin said the work was
recovered thanks in part to someone posting on YouTube a 1985
infomercial showing Warhol using an Amiga computer to create a
digital portrait of singer Debbie Harry.
A Warhol fan, artist Cory Arcangel, saw the YouTube video and in
2011 began investigating whether there was more computer art
from Warhol to be found.
His inquiry brought him to The Andy Warhol Museum's archives in
Pittsburgh, where he found a cache of floppy disks that remained
unlabeled because the museum lacked the outdated technology
needed to read them.
Arcangel helped link the museum with the computer club at
Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, one of the top U.S. technology
After some digital sleuthing, the club used a process called
retrocomputing to reveal the images in a matter of hours.
"The purely digital images, 'trapped' for nearly 30 years on
Amiga floppy disks stored in the archives collection of The Andy
Warhol Museum, were discovered and extracted by members of the
Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club," the university said
in a statement on its website.
The newly uncovered art is owned by the Andy Warhol Foundation,
although it was commissioned by Commodore International to
promote its 1985 Amiga 1000 computer.
"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," Arcangel said in a statement.
The work adds a new appreciation for Warhol's use of technology,
showing that his interests went far beyond the films and screen
prints for which he is most famous. Warhol died in 1987 at age
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Mohammad Zargham)
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