In the summer of 1985, Warhol was given his first Amiga 1000 home computer by Commodore International and enthusiastically signed on with the company as a brand ambassador. For their launch, Commodore planned a theatrical performance, which featured Warhol onstage at Lincoln Center with rock ’n’ roll icon and lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry. In front of a live audience, Warhol used the new computer software ProPaint to create a portrait of Harry. He later made a series of digital drawings including a Campbell’s soup can, Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, and flowers. The video of the launch performance and these early computer-based artworks are a testament to Warhol’s engagement with and embrace of new technology. In the ongoing Pittsburgh premiere of the Amiga installation, visitors can experience Warhol’s digital drawings on an interactive model created by The Warhol in collaboration with local design studio Iontank. More information can be found to the website of the museum.

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