Unknown Warhol Works Discovered on Floppy Disks


In 1985 renowned Pop Artist Andy Warhol created these purely digital works using Graphicraft on an Amiga 1000.


Posted by jeremy @ 4/24/2014 04:20  |    11


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Adarias (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 4/27/2014 21:03

If Avril Harisson deserves credit for that noisy gross tracing job, then warhol (or whatever member of the studio actually executed the sketch) deserves credit for the third eye, which is arguably more interesting insofar as being a conceptual (not merely technical) departure from boticelli's original.

As the author notes, the most interesting thing isn't the works themselves (I doubt this will change anyone's understanding of warhol or of digital art, and we all know that press releases are written with one hand in the purse and another in the pants), but the story of their discovery and recovery.

Peyton (Level 6 Hitman) @ 4/27/2014 11:48

I suppose that it is kind of cool that they found new Warhol stuff, but the article makes it sound like it is a much greater discovery than it is.

Could be that just because I do not like Warhol's work at all it seems less impressive, but, eh.

I don't know XD

yrizoud (Level 6 Aquamarine) @ 4/25/2014 17:34

Yeah I have no critic against Warhol. But either the owners are very ignorant of what was discovered (which is unexcusable for a museum / art guardian), or the greedy art business appropriates an other artists's work just because somebody (who might be Warhol) cut-and-pasted an eye on it.

Blackbeltdude (Level 7 Ichikyu) @ 4/25/2014 11:12

I think cure summed the news up perfectly. :)

I'm willing to bet Warhol didn't care much for the results of these pieces he did, which is why he never mentioned them. If he actually liked them, he probably would have put them out there.

Really interesting point about the Venus artwork, vrizoud! Considering that most of Warhol's works had approprated images in them, I'm not too surprised.

Pixelart_kid (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/25/2014 11:07

We notice that Andy Warhol was experimenting with digital art :)

yrizoud (Level 6 Aquamarine) @ 4/25/2014 05:40

After some search, it seems an actual drawing tablet was involved (Easyl). The Venus was also found in its original ILBM format, as shipped with Deluxe Paint. The report paper is nice (it's pretty cool to hear a Kryoflux was used), but news site generally only summarize (or misunderstand) the Warhol fundation's summary.

Still, I find it quite bold for the Warhol fundation to slap their copyright notice on Avril Harrison's piece...

neofotistou (Level 5 Captain) @ 4/25/2014 04:39

Andy Warhol, master of Oekaki.

yrizoud (Level 6 Aquamarine) @ 4/25/2014 01:40

A belated April's fool ? I was first surprised by the scan's quality (ordered dithering in 1985?), then I wondered if tablets were available at the time (for the signatures and the Campbell sketch). And Avril Harrison's "Venus" was one of the sample images of Deluxe Paint, a different program which was released in November 1985, so it's dubious to see it transposed in a different program (which doesn't use the same image file format) by year's end. The whole I-add-an-eye-and-it-becomes-a-piece-of-art looks like trolling.

DawnBringer (Level 10 Maniac) @ 4/24/2014 10:14

Can't remember even hearing about GraphiCraft!? But apparently it was advanced enough to have brush/pattern floodfill! :D 

cure (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 4/24/2014 07:23

"The preeminent American artist of the 20th century"

ugh. Interesting footnote in the history of digital art, anyway.

Carnivac (Level 8 Behemoth) @ 4/24/2014 05:53

Even the BBC news website found it notable enough.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27141201    Yay for seeing Amigas mentioned on a main news site.  Woo!

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