ArtCrush 2023: Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

ArtCrush 2023: Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

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Todd Gray

Atlantic (Octavia)

Lot Closed

August 5, 06:18 PM GMT


60,000 - 80,000 USD

Lot Details


Todd Gray

b. 1954

Atlantic (Octavia)

Four archival pigment prints in artist's frames, UV laminate

72⅝ by 49⅛ by 5 in.

184.5 by 124.8 by 12.7 cm.

Executed in 2022.

Please note that while this auction is hosted on, it is being administered by the Aspen Art Museum, and all post-sale matters (inclusive of invoicing and property pickup/shipment) will be handled by the Aspen Art Museum. As such, Sotheby’s will share the contact details for the winning bidders with the Aspen Art Museum so that they may be in touch directly post-sale.

As such, there is no buyer's premium in this auction - all sale proceeds will go directly to the Aspen Art Museum to support its programs. Certain amounts paid above the value of the property or services provided may qualify as a tax deductible donation to the museum. Sotheby’s does not offer tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor, and for any tax related inquiries please contact at the Aspen Art Museum.

Kindly donated by the artist and David Lewis

Todd Gray (b. 1954, Los Angeles, CA) works between Los Angeles and Ghana, where he explores the diasporic dislocations and cultural connections which link Western hegemony with West Africa. 

Writing in the catalogue for the exhibition Black is, Black Ain't at the Renaissance Society, Chicago, Amy M. Mooney writes "critics have noted that Gray's work is "fluent in cultural iconography, driven by introspection, and steeped in issues of corporate politics and racial identity" and that his self-portraits thwart a traditional read of the exterior likeness". Gray describes himself as an artist and activist who primarily focuses on issues of race, class, gender, and colonialism, and uses these lenses to challenge binaries in the past and present. In general, his work aims to challenge the viewer both by what he is including and what he is leaving out.

Gray's work is represented in numerous museum collections including the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Houston Fine Arts Museum, Houston, TX; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; among others. He was the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018 and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency Fellowship in 2016. In 2022 The American Academy in Rome announced Todd Gray as one of the winners of the prestigious 2022–23 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships. Gray has presented this work in academic conferences at Yale and Harvard University.