Nicole Rodríguez Woods

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There is a scene in the Ridley Scott’s movie Alien (1979) where Executive Officer Kane (played by John Hurt) is lowered into a derelict ship and discoverers a chamber filled with hundreds of alien eggs lined up in neat little rows, laid and waiting to hatch. This is the vision Takashi Murakami took as his inspirations for the Chamber — a little room at the Kaikai Kiki studio where Murakami stores and nurtures a batch of young talent until, presumably, with enough TLC, they hatch into a whole... [more]
“I’m certain they all thought I was a moron,” says Francisco "Tito" Rovira Rullán as we sit in his office on the second story of his San Juan gallery Roberto Paradise; his gallery manager chit-chats away loudly on the phone downstairs with her Hungarian assistant slouching behind the front desk in the heat of the unbearably sunny early afternoon. Situated in a historic wooden colonial house in Santurce, Puerto Rico, all the windows are open and a warm breeze permeates everything. The gallery... [more]
When I first arrived in Berlin I noticed the bananas. Bright, yellow Warholian markers by Cologne-based stencil artist Thomas Baumgärtel, known worldwide for his unofficial seals of approval emblazoned on what the artist deems the best galleries, museums and institutions. Since 1986, under the alias “Bananasprayer”, Baumgärtel has been conflating insider and outsider creating a dialog between the urban artist and the gallery institution. Today these extroverted gestures of aesthetic judgment... [more]
Kaikai Kiki lands in Berlin   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
JNTHED, Haruka Makita, ob at Hidari Zingaro Berlin June 22nd, 2012 - July 28th, 2012
Posted 7/7/12
It was going to happen sooner or later. Japanese contemporary art mogul Takashi Murakami and his artist collective Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. would sweep in and claim their slice in the ever-burgeoning Berlin art scene. On June 22nd the flag was firmly planted in Kreuzberg on Dieffenbachstrasse 15. Although first previewed during Berlin’s Gallery Weekend with an all-day live Manga painting performance by artist Mahomi Kunikata, the fully renovated gallery officially opened to the public with a group... [more]
We often find ourselves obsessing, searching for meaning in the most mundane of memories; snippets of otherwise insignificant time that we somehow hold dear—the amalgamation of these seemingly negligible moments come to define us. Rarely recorded, we seldom have the ability to revisit the colloquial snapshots—spaces and habits that reify our existence, frame, and lend it substance. And while staring into the mirror of our memory our constant stream of present is observed. Finnish artist... [more]
The “New Berlin Painters”
Moritz Hoffmann, Paul Vogeler at stattberlin June 8th, 2012 - June 16th, 2012
Posted 6/11/12
It’s an eyebrow raiser – there’s just no getting around it. To proclaim yourself the new Berlin painters, to come right out and say it, declaring your novelty while banging fist to chest in a city crawling with an ever-growing population of culture-scene hopefuls and Big Apple expats is more than just a little scandalous. Throw in a full-blown self-published manifesto with halftone headshots on the cover and you are bound to turn a few heads, raise a few pitchforks. Embracing the momentary... [more]
Out on a Wing, Still Alive   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Roman Ondák at KunstHall - Deutsche Bank April 26th, 2012 - June 18th, 2012
Posted 5/7/12
There is an unmistakable wit that permeates Czech and Slovak contemporary art. A signature. A serious but minimalistic gesture of tongue-in-cheek rooted in a drive to push irony and explore a hardened layer of underlying melancholy with a critical poignant eye. Roman Ondák is situated within this play. A recipient of this year's 2012 Deutsche Bank “Artist of the Year” award, Udo Kittelmann, member of Deutsche Bank’s Art Advisory council and the director of Berlin’s Nationalgalerie, praised the... [more]
An abundance of international art in Berlin nowadays is a given. Rivaling London and New York’s expat allure, international creatives are flocking to Berlin more than ever before—filling studio spaces and getting imported for major gallery shows. This year’s Gallery Weekend boasts some of these major international headliners like Jenny Holzer at Sprüth Magers, Douglas Gordon at Niels Borch Jensen and Diane Arbus at Kicken, but also features many home-grown talents. With a total of 51 galleries... [more]
Looking East: Berlin-based artist picks for Art Brussels 2012   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Art Brussels April 19th, 2012 - April 22nd, 2012
Posted 4/17/12
Art fairs — the feeding frenzy of the art world. We go to stare and be stared at, but mostly to find out who is “stare-worthy”. Fairs remind us that we are in the business known as art and that the booths next to us are curiously keeping tabs on our traffic flow and sales (we know you’re peeking!). For Art Brussels 2012, the Belgian fair is turning thirty and with this milestone comes a change in direction. Always a forward thinker — paying particularly close attention to emerging... [more]
Caught in the Landslide   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Jérémie Martino at FREIES MUSEUM BERLIN March 24th, 2012 - April 7th, 2012
Posted 4/2/12
Rhapsodie, Jérémie Martino’s latest solo show at Berlin’s Freies Museum, revolves around the series Moments de Détente dans la Vie d’un Peintre — a collection of viscerally rendered, semi-abstracted paintings of explosions. Capturing the seconds after a blast and the inevitability of the fall, French Berlin-based artist Martino depicts a wide range of explosions that vary in scale, unified by the softened, harmonious, almost lyrically mature use of color and subtly precise painterly techniques.... [more]
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