Watch Andy Warhol “Paint” Debbie Harry on a 1985 Computer


In 1985, Andy Warhol created his first ever “computer portrait,” using the rudimentary paint program on an Amiga computer to manipulate a digital painting of Debbie Harry while onstage at the Commodore Amiga product launch press conference at Lincoln Center. Debbie Harry starts the show with an impossibly sultry “Are you ready to paint me?” and Warhol gets down to business. As far as we can tell, Warhol just uses the “fill” function (resulting in a “leaky flood fill” accident that he decides is pretty enough to keep) to color in Harry’s hair — but the audience is clearly enraptured over being in the same room with the artist, laughing at his every remark. We probably would have been too. Click through to watch!

[via Gothamist]