A History of Digital Art in 30 Works, Part 2

A History of Digital Art in 30 Works, Part 2

This can’t be a surprise, right? In 1985, Commodore International signed Andy Warhol to the kind of endorsement deal and publicity push typically reserved for sports stars or Instagram influencers. They also gave him an Amiga 1000 home computer, boasting 256 KB of RAM and up to 8.5 MB of memory.

The 13-pound machine was unveiled at a Lincoln Center gala in which Warhol created a portrait of Debbie Harry using Amiga’s ProPaint software. But Warhol’s interest in the medium outlasted that event — he went on to create more several more pieces with ProPaint, including images of the Campbell’s Soup can, Botticelli’s Birth of Venus, and this self-portrait.

Suddenly, the ability to create digital art wasn’t limited to the rarefied academics of Bell Labs; anyone willing to plonk down $1,200 for a home computer could create.

In 2014, the Andy Warhol Museum managed to extract the saved files from floppy disks. The pieces can be seen at the museum’s Amiga installation.

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2018-11-16T21:52:18+00:00

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