Although it sounds like some elaborate prank, apparently several new works by Andy Warhol have been discovered on a computer disk. If you’re not up on the news, twelve previously unknown artworks by the pop artist were recently found on Amiga computer disks from 1985. The pieces – groundbreaking at the time, but ultimately unrevealed – were commissioned by the creators of Amiga computers, Commodore, who paid the artist to create these works to launch the Amiga 1000.
Big-time Warhol fanatic Cory Arcangel found the disks while searching through the Andy Warhol Museum’s archive in 2011. He when took to the Carnegie Mellon University’s computer club which spent the next three years extracting obscure data files. You can imagine Arcangel’s disbelief when they starting pulling out image files with titles like “campbells.pic”, “flower.pic” and “marilyn1.pic”. Eighteen images in total have been found, with twelve of them signed by the artist. A documentary about the discovery is in the works.