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Anton Perich’s electric paintings

Vibrant minimal lines and colors

Anton Perich’s art in Warhol era predated social media culture and man-machine integration. His practice today is visionary and prolific. Video by David Bates, Jr / Streaming Museum

Anton Perich, a Croatian-born experimental filmmaker who circulated in the Parisian avant-garde before moving to New York in 1970 — created his very own painting-making apparatus, one that he both befriended and loved. Perich played it like an instrument, in a man/machine pas-de-deux that resulted in pictures that replicate photos, however roughly, and that end up looking a lot like the broken-down TV signals of a bygone analog era…. When Perich got to New York, he fell in with Warhol and his crowd, hitting parties and shooting photos for Interview. He eventually launched his own cable-access TV show transmitting Roger Daltrey after-parties and Grace Jones’s haircuts. [Village Voice]

Perich’s work is in private collections and the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Warhol Foundation, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York.


Anton Perich “Inspirational Warhol” 2007

Acrylic on canvas

53″ x 54″

Anton Perich “American Altarpiece” 2004

Acrylic on canvas

102″ x 84″

Anton Perich “Warhol Shroud” 2012 Acrylic on canvas 60″ x 50″

Anton Perich “Abs I” 2010 Acrylic on canvas 60″ x 50″ .

Anton Perich “Exhault” 2000 Acrylic on canvas 71″ x 65″ .

Anton Perich “Andrea, Song” 2013 Acrylic on canvas 47″ x 41″


Anton Perich was born near Dubrovnik, Croatia. From 1965 to 1970 he lived in Paris, active for several years with the Lettrist Group as a painter, poet and filmmaker. From 1967 to 1969 he created and ran an international underground film program at American Center in Paris, where he showed films by Heliczer, Iimura, Mekas, Warhol, Lemaitre, Bassan, Auder etc. He moved to New York in 1970.

In the early seventies he was a contributing photographer for Andy Warhol’s INTERVIEW Magazine. A selection of his photographs is now in the collection of the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the Warhol Foundation, and the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in New York. In January 1972 he had his first photography show at the Gotham Book Mart Gallery in New York. His photographs have been published in many periodicals and books, and shown in the galleries worldwide.

In 1973 he produced, directed and shot a television program on 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. Due to its content, the show was censored during a broadcast, causing a serious scandal and radical changes in cable television. His videos were shown at The Kitchen in 1972. In 1975 German Television presented a one-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.

In 1977-78, Perich designed and built an electric painting machine, and in 1979 had his first show of electric paintings at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York.

In 1978 he started publishing NIGHT Magazine. NIGHT is still published intermittently and features painting, photography, poetry, fiction, essays, interviews, etc.

Currently, Anton Perich continues to paint, shoot photography and video and publish NIGHT Magazine.

Anton Perich is presented at Streaming Museum courtesy of Postmasters Gallery, NYC.


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