Art Is…the Permanent Revolution. 2012. USA. Directed by Manfred Kirchheimer. 82 min.
Wielding a pen, an etching needle, or a wood-gouging tool, artists as far ranging as Goya, Posada, Kollwitz, and Grosz have depicted and decried acts of political abuse and social injustice in tones of bitter irony, outrage, and lamentation. Kirchheimer invites three contemporary artists (Sigmund Abeles, Ann Chernow, and Paul Marcus) and a master printer (James Reed) to reflect on this potent, even incendiary, aspect of printmaking and graphic arts throughout history, and on the viability of protest art today.