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MoMA Part Of Project To Digitize Warhol Films

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Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), American pop artist and film maker.  (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987), American pop artist and film maker. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of films by Andy Warhol will be converted to digital format under a museum partnership.

The project was announced Thursday by New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, visual effects firm MPC and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

It will make some 500 films Warhol created between 1963 and 1972 accessible to the public.

Nearly 1,000 rolls of 16mm film will be digitally scanned and converted into high-resolution images.

The scanning will begin this month and will take several years.

The films themselves have been housed at MoMA since the early 1990s.

The Pittsburgh-born Warhol died in 1987 at age 58. He was one of the most prominent American artists of the 20th century.

Warhol worked in various media including painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening and film.

Two of his works went for $100 million together at an auction this past May.

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