Andy Warhol Digital Art Recovered From Amiga Floppy Disks

Posted on April 24, 2014

Andy Warhol digital Campbell's art from Amiga files

The Andy Warhol Museum has announced the recovery of some digital artwork that Warhol created on an Amiga computer in 1985. The art was recovered from Amiga floppy disks held by The Warhol's archives collection. The museum says in a release that the images were extracted by members of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Computer Club and its Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry in a complex recovery process. Some of the images on the disks had been inaccessible until now due to their obsolete format.

Warhol's experiments with computer graphics were commissioned by Commodore International to demonstrate the computer's graphic arts capabilities. The artwork includes doodles and camera shots of a desktop. They also include Warhol's experiments with classic images of a banana, Marilyn Monroe, Campbell's soup, and portraits.

The image below is the Commodore Amiga computer equipment used by Warhol from 1985 to 1986.

Andy Warhol's Commodore Amiga computer

Photos: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts