Carmen Argote (b 1981, Zapopan, Mexico) lives and works in Los Angeles. Argote received her MFA from UCLA in 2007 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009. Argote’s multi-disciplinary practice focuses on the exploration of personal history through architecture. Using the act of inhabiting a space as a starting point, she works within that space and its cultural, economic, and personal context as a material. This year, Argote was a recipient of the Artadia Los Angeles Award and of the Nancy Graves Foundation Artist Grant in 2018. Recent exhibitions include Glove Hand Dog, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, 2020 (solo), As Above, So Below, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York 2019 (solo). Warm is a Black curated by curatorial collective Ballon Rouge. New York. 2018, The artist, having used all her money to make her work, lives in the mothermold of her sculpture, Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles, July 2018, Instituto de Vision in Bogotá, Colombia, September 2018, Hammer Museum, LA (2018), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2017), and Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2017). Argote completed a residency at the Casa Taller Jose Clemente Orozco/PAOS in Guadalajara, April 2019 and Launch Pad LaB, Autumn 2019.
Benoit Loisneau, For Carmen Argote, Avocados Are a Paint and a Powerful Metaphor, Frieze, October 21st 2019. Image: Courtesy: the Artist and Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, Colombia
Maximilíano Durón, Economics of Art and Avocados: Carmen Argote Transplants the World to the New Museum in New York, ARTnews, January 3rd 2020. Photograph: Dario Lasagni.
Daniel Gerwin, An Artist Asserts Control Over the Commodification of Her Work, Hyperallergic, August 2nd, 2018. Photograph: Brian Forrest.