Digitizing Warhol's unseen vérité films

Andy Warhol recorded nearly 1,000 rolls of mostly little-known 16mm film documenting the 1960s avant-garde art world. The Andy Warhol Museum and MoMA are now digitizing this vast archive.

From the New York Times:

14MOMA-master675Warhol documented so much of the New York art world of the 1960s that the films could also fill in crucial art-historical gaps about who was doing what, when and where. But curators hope that a more important benefit will be an awareness of how, long before phone cameras brought the quotidian and the personal fully into the realm of media, Warhol was already forging his own kind of YouTube. (He once deadpanned in an interview: “I think any camera that takes a picture, it comes out all right.”)

“He filmed everything around him,” said Geralyn Huxley, a curator of film and video at the Warhol Museum. “He went to people’s houses and filmed the dinners. He was basically a workaholic and the amount of film is unbelievable.”

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