ArtCrush 2023: Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

ArtCrush 2023: Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

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Roberto Lugo

Run DMC Street Pot

Lot Closed

August 5, 06:34 PM GMT


40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details


Roberto Lugo

b. 1981

Run DMC Street Pot

Glazed stoneware

18 by 12½ by 24 in.

45.7 by 31.8 by 61 cm.

Executed in 2023.

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 Roberto Lugo and R & Company

Roberto Lugo (b. 1981, lives and works in Philadelphia-based) is an artist, activist, educator, and spoken word poet known for creating large-scale and ornately decorated ceramics that reimagine historic European and Asian objects of the medium. Lugo complicates the history of these works and the themes they represent – class, privilege, societal values – by creating prized objects that both depict prominent and ordinary figures of color and reference his own Afro-Latino heritage. The permanence of clay complements this mission, as Lugo’s works become lasting monuments to the history and culture of the disenfranchised. In short, Lugo elevates POC culture, community, and history, bringing attention to critical issues of inequality and racial injustice in the art spaces and institutions in which his work is shown.

Lugo holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Penn State. His work has been featured in exhibitions at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, among others. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including a 2019 Pew Fellowship, a Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Rome Prize, and a US Artist Award. His work is found in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The High Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Brooklyn Museum, Walters Art Museum, and more. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Tyler School of Art and Architecture in Philadelphia, PA.

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