PRINT December 2012

Daniel Birnbaum

View of “The Small Utopia: Ars Multiplicata,” Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice. Foreground: Multiples of Marcel Duchamp’s Roue de Bicyclette (Bicycle Wheel), 1913/1964. Photo: Attilio Maranzano.

1 “The Small Utopia: Ars Multiplicata” (Fondazione Prada, Venice; curated by Germano Celant) This exceptionally rich exploration of the art of multiplication—from Sonia Delaunay to Marcel Duchamp to Yoko Ono, and with more than six hundred works—held my attention and that of my easily bored friends for hours. The disappearance of the auratic original does not make fetishistic obsession obsolete. On the contrary: Some of these multiples are to kill for!

2 Herbert Molderings, Die Nackte Wahrheit: Zum Spätwerk von Marcel Duchamp (The Naked Truth: The Late Works of Marcel Duchamp; Carl Hanser Verlag) In case you thought there was nothing more to say about the late works of Duchamp, well, you’re totally wrong. Because you knew nothing about the significance of the color green, let alone that mysterious cosmic-light phenomenon known as the green ray and its central role in the

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