A new documentary, Trapped, chronicles the efforts of several artists to restore never-before-seen Andy Warhol works.
Dozens of digital works have been discovered on floppy disks in the Pittsburgh Andy Warhol Museum collection. The images are from 1985, and include subjects such as Warhol's famous Campbell's soup can.
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Brooklyn artist Cory Arcangel and a team of artists, computer experts, and museum professionals have worked for years to restore the pieces. Warhol created the works on an Amiga 1000 personal computer, and the images were difficult to extract due to their unique file format. 11 of the recovered files include Warhol's signature, and the museum confirms that an additional 17 are in the artist's style.
"What's amazing is that by looking at these images, we can see how quickly Warhol seemed to intuit the essence of what it meant to express oneself, in what then was a brand-new medium: the digital," Arcangel says.
Trapped will premiere at the Pittsburgh Carnegie Library Hall on May 10. The documentary will be available online on May 12.