'Lost' Collection of Andy Warhol Paintings Found on Amiga Floppy Disks

Art historians have recovered a 'lost' collection of Andy Warhol paintings on 30-year-old Amiga floppy disks. The artworks were never turned into physical print, according to Mashable.

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The story goes that computer and electronics manufacturer Commodore commissioned Warhol to create art using the company's Amiga 1000 computer, in 1985. Warhol saved many of his experimental images to floppy disks.

The Andy Warhol Museum added those disks to its collection in 1994 but it took until last year for anyone to realise that the disks held undiscovered works of art. A team of archivists and computer researchers used custom software to recover the images.

The paintings include Warhol's trademark soup can.

"Warhol saw no limits to his art practice," said Eric Shiner, the director of the Andy Warhol Museum. "These computer-generated images underscore his spirit of experimentation and his willingness to embrace new media - qualities which, in many ways, defined his practice from the early 1960s onwards." 

The discovery and recovery project has been filmed for a documentary that will be show on May 10 at a public lecture at the Carnegie Library lecture hall in Pittsburgh. Shortly afterwards, the documentary will put up online at http://nowseethis.org/.

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Matt Sapero

Just FYI, Andy Warhol was taught how to use the Amiga by Laurence Gartel, The Father of Digital Art. Check out www.GartelArt.com to see an interview on the subject and to see Gartel's latest wild creations including his Art Cars & @GartelArtCars on Twitter

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