It was announced this week that hundreds of Andy Warhol’s films are be converted to digital format. In a partnership between The Warhol, The Museum of Modern Art, and MPC (the VFX studio who recently turned van Gogh still lifes into animated paintings) This project will be the largest effort to digitize the work of a single artist in MoMA’s entire collection. (FYI, early in his career, Warhol tried to donate a shoe drawing to the museum and was rejected. They now have over 150 of his works in their permanent collection. According to the press release:
“The project will once again make accessible approximately 500 titles that Warhol made between 1963 and 1972, then withdrew from circulation more than 40 years ago. Nearly 1,000 rolls of original 16mm film will be digitally scanned, frame by frame, and converted into high resolution (2K) images. The process will begin in August and will take several years to complete as the process of scanning is delicate. However once completely digitized the entire collection of Warhol films will be available for public screening.”
MPC will scan and restore all the film, so in the near future anyone will be able to watch his famous Sleep, Blow Job or Empire. Below is a montage of some of the more famous ones.