Turns out Andy Warhol was as handy with a computer screen as he was with a silk screen.
Back in 1985, the artist was commissioned by computer and electronics manufacturer Commodore International to show off the Amiga compute’s graphic arts capabilities. He saved his artwork on an Amiga floppy disk, but the files were inaccessible – until the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Club stepped in this year.
The extraction process began when artist Cory Arcangel discovered a video of Warhol creating a portrait of Debbie Harry on an Amiga computer. Arcangel later followed up with Pittsburgh curator Tina Kukielski, and the two eventually were connected with the Computer Club. (Warhol is a Pittsburgh native; the city is also home to the Andy Warhol Museum, as well as Carnegie Mellon.)
Through a complicated recovery process, the Computer Club was able to extract Warhol’s files, including a detailed portrait titled “Venus” and – of course – a rendering of a Campbell’s soup can. Thanks to them, now we all get to marvel at how even our Microsoft Paint skills are inferior to Warhol’s.
The images are now at the Warhol Museum, but you can see a sample of them below: