Anton Perich's Photos of Cultural Icons Partying in '70s New York

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Young-faced John Waters, precociously festive Brooke Shields, wild-eyed Salvador Dali and Tennessee Williams guffawing at Studio 54 — Croatian-born artist/filmmaker/photographer Anton Perich captured some of 20th century’s most talked about icons at their most hardiest of party moments, first as a busboy at the legendary Max’s Kansas City, then as a contributing photographer to Warhol’s Interview magazine. Recruiting some of Andy’s Superstars for his own films, Perich was the Grace Jones haircut to Nico’s Chelsea Girls bang trim. Perich also pioneered digital art with the invention of a pre-inkjet printer electric panting machine, but for those still happily bogged down by the mythology of those bygone years, never mind. Let’s souse in these celebrity snippets of mostly ’70s, partially NSFW party life.

A note to NYC readers: CURRENT ELECTRIC, the debut of new electric paintings and video by Perich, is showing at Bushwick’s Microscope Gallery through July 11th.

Andy Warhol, Polaroid, Anton Perich

Brooke Shields, Anton Perich

Margaux Hemingway, Anton Perich

Patti Hansen at Studio 54, Anton Perich

Patti Smith, Anton Perich

Salvador Dali, Anton Perich

Jean Michel Basquiat, Anton Perich

Grace Jones, Anton Perich

John Waters at Max’s Kansas City, Anton Perich

Candy Darling, Anton Perich

The New York Dolls at Max’s Kansas City, Anton Perich

Richard Hell, Anton Perich

Rolling Stones the Movie, Anton Perich

Willem de Kooning, Anton Perich

John Waters, Anton Perich

Tenessee Williams, Marisa Berenson, Studio 54, Anton Perich

Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Grace Jones, Anton Perich