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Art Is...The Permanent Revolution (2012)




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The anger and outrage captured by graphic artists have defined revolutions through the centuries. Printmakers have depicted the human condition in all its glories and struggles so powerfully that perceptions, attitudes and politics have been dramatically influenced. And the value and impact of this art is even more important today. In the new documentary, Art Is... The Permanent Revolution, three contemporary American artists and a master printer help explain the dynamic sequences of social reality and protest. Among the wide range of 60 artists on display are Rembrandt, Goya, Daumier, Kollwitz, Dix, Masereel, Grosz, Gropper, and Picasso. While their stirring graphics sweep by, 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. -- (C) First Run
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

There is no mistaking Mr. Kirchheimer's convictions or his understandable love for the creators here, past and present.

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
New York Times
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[Offers] up compelling portraits of practicing artists intelligently probing their status as socially conscious image makers.

Full Review… | February 29, 2012
Time Out
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[A] lightly argued but forcefully illustrated look at the historical and philosophical interplay between the artisanal process and political art.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Village Voice
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Put succinctly, this is the greatest film ever made dealing with the connection between art and radical politics.

Full Review… | March 2, 2012

The entire history of politically inspired printmaking unfolds in Manfred Kirchheimer's admirably serious, hands-on documentary.

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
Film Journal International

The premise of this brief portrait sketch is as modest as the standard-definition, full-frame format in which it was photographed.

Full Review… | February 28, 2012
Slant Magazine

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