Agustina Woodgate

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Agustina Woodgate (born February 27, 1981) is an Argentinian artist who lives and works between Amsterdam and Buenos Aires. [1]

Early life and education[edit]

Woodgate was born in 1981 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[2][3] As a child, Woodgate spent weekends illustrating comic books and building experiments with her brother. Woodgate reported being "an avid collector of crap and nonsense things, like the cigarette boxes of different brands, erasers with different shapes, stickers, letter papers, bottle caps, stones, coins."[4]

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Instituto Universito Nacional de Arte, Buenos Aires in 2004.[5] Shortly after, Woodgate moved to Miami, where she gained recognition for clandestinely sewing labels inscribed with poetry into clothing at thrift stores, a project that Woodgate described as "poetry bombing."[6]

Career and exhibitions[edit]

Woodgate works in a variety of forms, including radio,[7] public art,[8] and sculpture.[2] Woodgate's solo projects include New Landscapes, Art Positions, Art Basel Miami Beach (2012), Collectivism, Spinello Projects, Miami (2011); Growing Up, Miami-Dade Public Library (2010); Endlessly Falling, Dimensions Variable, Miami (2009) and Radio Espacio Estacion, an "ongoing online nomadic bilingual radio station."[5]

Woodgate's public projects include I. Stanley Levine Memorial Bench, commissioned by the Art in Public Places committee of Miami Beach (2013), Hopscotch, commissioned by the Bass Museum, Miami (2013), Kulturpark, an initiative set in an abandoned amusement park in East Berlin (2012), 1111, Highway Billboards & Bus Shelter Posters, Commissioned by Locust Projects (2011),[5] and Concrete Poetry, a permanent urban design project as a part of the Miami Poetry Festival in collaboration with O, Miami and Miami-Dade County's Department of Transportation and Public Works (2018).[9]

Woodgate has been a part of many group exhibitions, including the Denver Art Museum (2013), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2012); White Box, NY (2012); Gallery Nosco, London (2011); Good Children Gallery, New Orleans (2011); Naples Museum of Art, FL (2011); North Carolina Museum (2011); Montreal Biennale, Canada (2009) and Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami (2007).[5]

Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum,[2] the Perez Art Museum Miami and the Peabody Essex Museum.[citation needed]

Whitney Biennial 2019[edit]

Woodgate was on the official artist list for the Whitney Biennial 2019.[10][11] However, she was later one of the eight artists who asked the Whitney Museum of American Art to remove their works from the Biennial, "citing what they describe as the museum’s lack of response to calls for the resignation of a board member with ties to the sale of military supplies, including tear gas."[12] Woodgate and fellow artist Eddie Arroyo announced through Spinello Projects that “the request is intended as condemnation of Warren Kanders’ continued presence as Vice Chair of the Board and the Museum's continued failure to respond in any meaningful way to growing pressure from artists and activists.”[12] Her work National Times (2016) remained available for viewing during the Whitney Biennial 2019.[13]


National Times (2016) was featured in the Whitney Biennial 2019. The piece involves is a display of 40 clocks, spanning all three walls of the room, interconnected by a network of tubing, and synchronized by the atomic clock at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The hands of each clock were wrapped in sandpaper, so that as they rotate around the face of the clock, the numerals are gradually etched away.[14]

In 2021 Woodgate exhibited her Art Dealing Machine (ADM) at the Frieze at the Shed in New York. The ADM is a modified Automated Teller Machine (ATM) machine that dispenses Woodgate's art. Meant to replace the function of an art dealer, collectors purchase art directly from the machine with a debit card.[15]


  1. ^ Goyanes, Ily (11 November 2010). "78. Agustina Woodgate". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on 6 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "No Rain No Rainbows". Denver Art Museum. Archived from the original on 2019-04-06. Retrieved 2019-04-06.
  3. ^ Art Nexus. Arte en Colombia. 2009.
  4. ^ "Artist Agustina Woodgate Considers Everything". Cultured Magazine. 2019-04-06. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  5. ^ a b c d "Agustina Woodgate". Red Flag Magazine. Archived from the original on 2016-06-18. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  6. ^ "Agustina Woodgate - 29 Artworks, Bio & Shows on Artsy". Archived from the original on 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  7. ^ Morgenstern, Hans (4 August 2017). "Agustina Woodgate to Broadcast From Henry Ford's Abandoned Brazilian Factory". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on 28 March 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Big art: City-spanning hopscotch and deep drilling in Commons Park". 11 July 2015. Archived from the original on 6 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  9. ^ Morgenstern, Hans (2018-10-31). "Agustina Woodgate and O, Miami Turn Miami-Dade Sidewalks Into Poetic Art". Miami New Times. Archived from the original on 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  10. ^ Greenberger, Alex (25 February 2019). "Here's the Artist List for the 2019 Whitney Biennial". Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  11. ^ Paulina (3 April 2019). "Agustina Woodgate exhibirá en la neoyorquina Bienal de Whitney - Argentinos por el mundo - Ser Argentino". Ser Argentino - Todo sobre la Argentina!. Archived from the original on 6 April 2019. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b Moynihan, Colin (July 19, 2019). "Eight Artists Withdraw From Whitney Biennial Over Board Member's Ties to Tear Gas". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Partial View: Whitney Biennial 2019". Archived from the original on 2019-10-13. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  14. ^ "Partial View: Whitney Biennial 2019". Archived from the original on 2019-10-13. Retrieved 2019-10-27.
  15. ^ "Are Dealers Replaceable in the Crypto Era? One Artist Is Selling Her Work Via ATM at Frieze New York". Artnet News. 6 May 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.

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