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Art Is...The Permanent Revolution
A film by Manfred Kirchheimer

82 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2012

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The anger and outrage captured by graphic artists and printmakers have defined revolutions through the centuries, depicting the human condition in all its glories and struggles so powerfully that perceptions, attitudes and politics have been dramatically influenced.

In Art Is...The Permanent Revolution three contemporary artists and a master printer explore how social reality and protest are conveyed in art. While the stirring works of the masters sweep by - among them graphics by Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Grosz and Picasso - the making of an etching, a woodcut and a lithograph unfolds before our eyes as the contemporary artists join their illustrious predecessors in creating art of social engagement.

Featuring Sigmund Abeles, etcher; Ann Chernow, lithographer; Paul Marcus, woodcutter; and James Reed, master printer.

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"We behold, awe-struck, breathtaking works..." - The New York Times

"Explores among the most riveting works in all visual art." - Film Journal

"A forcefully illustrated look at the historical and philosophical interplay between the artisanal process and political art." - Village Voice

"Tremendously satisfying!" - Variety

"An important exploration of the artists behind the art. Given our high stakes times this is a must see for any socially engaged and concerned American. A great film."
- Stephen A. Fredericks, President, The New York Society of Etchers

" Vive la revolution!" - Time Out New York

Recommended Reading

Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today ed. Josh Macphee

Realism, Rationalism, Surrealism: Art Between the Wars by David Batchelor, Paul Wood & Briony Fer

Otto Dix by Olaf Peters

Prints and Drawings of Kathe Kollwitz ed. Carl Zigrosser

The Disasters of War by Francisco Goya

George Grosz: Berlin-New York by Ralph Jentsch, Enrico Crispolti & Philippe Dagen

Art and War by Laura Brandon


See details about this film's theatrical run.

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