German-American Filmmaker Explores History of Printmaking in His Latest Documentary

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Ever since Johannes Gutenberg created the first printing press sometime around 1440, the medium of print has played an important role in the advancement of society.  While most people associate print with the written word, the printing press was just as important for artists due to the ease of reproducing works of art.  Printmaking may be seen as a dying medium with the constant advancements in technology, but the German-American filmmaker, Manfred Kirchheimer, recently released his latest documentary investigating the history of printmaking – “Art Is… The Permanent Revolution.”

“Art Is… The Permanent Revolution” looks at how printmakers “have depicted the human condition in all its glories and struggles so powerfully that perceptions, attitudes and politics have been dramatically influenced.”  The documentary features three contemporary artists that use the printmaking art form today to create “art of social engagement”.  This film offers a glimpse into an under appreciated form of art that famous artists such as Rembrandt and Picasso once relied on.

The film has been making the rounds to select theaters in the US and will be playing at the Harris Theater in Pittsburgh on June 2 & 3.  You can view the trailer for the film below and visit the film’s website at the source link.


Source: First Run Features

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Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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