Anton Perich – Video Art & Art TV Pioneer

Posted May 10th, 2013

Documentaries, Film, Photography, Pop Art, Video Art, Videos

Anton Perich
Anton Perich is an American Filmmaker, photographer and video artist who was very close to Andy Warhol and filmed in and around The Factory. Some of this footage is on Youtube now.

Anton Perich was born in Dubrovnik (Croatia) in 1945. From 1965 to 1970, he lived in Paris and became close to the Lettrist Group (Isidore Isou, Maurice Lemaître), but also to the French film underground milieu (Piero Heliczer, Michel Auder, Raphaël Bassan, Slobodan Pajic, Pierre Clémenti). For that period, he changed his name and became Antoine Perich, because Anton was not familiar a name in France. He was among the first activists to present, every week, programs of avant-garde and underground films in the American Center in Paris.

He moved to New York in 1970, became friends with Andy Warhol and contributed as a photographer to Warhol’s Interview. He also worked as a busboy at the legendary Max’s Kansas City, where he photographed the scene as an ongoing art performance every night, along with exhibiting the photos on the walls.

Max’s Kansas City by Anton Perich

A series of short clips from Max’s Kansas City by Anton Perich. This is the edited version of the video in the Max’s Kansas City exhibition held at the Steven Kasher Gallery from September 15, 2010-October 9, 2010. See more images from the show here.

Today you can find quite a few of his old “home videos” on Anton Perich’s Youtube Channel. Lots of unknown footage from the factory and other gems to see!


R. Couri Hay talks with Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Redgrave, Taylor Mead, Andy Warhol, Dustin Hoffman, Mick And Bianca at The Night Porter movie opening party at the Four Seasons Restaurant, 1974.

In an interview with Miss Rosen, Perich said: “I saw the video camera as the most subversive weapon on the world, and you don’t take it to the gallery, you take it to the American TV. There was Cronkite there and Barbara Walters, but you replace them with Taylor Mead, Danny Fields and Susan Blond. Naked aggressive and radical, hating everything the TV had to offer until that day. I did it on Public Access in January 1973, in the prehistoric times of video. I took my one hour weekly show “Anton Perich Presents” there.

I realized then that the free Public Access was like Youtube today.”


A very early music video. Wayne County sings a few songs, including the legendary Max’s Kansas City song. SOHO NY 1972.

In 1973 he produced and directed a television program for Manhattan Cable TV. The show was controversial because it introduced characters and materials that were challenging and foreign to the television content of the day. It was the first Underground show on American television, and it was censored during the broadcast, causing a serious scandal and radical changes in the cable TV. Anton was also an early pioneer of the video art and cable television.

Grace Jones gets a haircut

In 1972 Anton’s video tapes were shown at the Kitchen. In 1975 German Television presented 1 hour Anton Perich Show on West 3 channel. Segments of his video works are often shown on network and cable television in the USA, Europe and Japan.


A silent movie with Andy Warhol and Truman Capote signing and selling Interview Magazine at Fiorucci store NYC 1977. With Dupont Twins, Bob Colacello, Victor Hugo…

In 1977-78, he designed and built an electric painting machine, an early predecessor of the inkjet printer. The development of this machine made Anton a pioneer of electric-digital-computer art.


In 1978, he founded NIGHT (which is still around!) as an interactive “gallery space” for his photography and the nightly activities at places such as Studio 54. In 2006, he had a video retrospective at the Anthology Film Archives, in New York.

Minimal Doc #054 – Anton Perich: The breathless ride of a generation

A Documentary Film by Claudio Romano & Mauro John Capece.

A lot more related posts at Fuck Yeah Warhol Factory on Tumblr.