Who is the most important avant-garde filmmaker? It depends who you ask. Different people value different things at different times. Fortunately, citation analysis can provide an objective answer. This article uses a citation study of The New York Times to measure the relative importance of avant-garde filmmakers. It concludes that, according to The New York Times, the most important avant-garde filmmaker is Andy Warhol.
Brian L. Frye, The Gray Lady's Guide to Avant-Garde Cinema, INCITE J. Experimental Media, no. 3, Fall 2011, at 54.