Lance Armstrong launches a global art exhibition and sale that provides a new way to support the Lance Armstrong Foundation and its LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign.
"Stages" brings together close to thirty of the world's most creative and diverse artists to create original works of art inspired by Armstrong and his mission to raise awareness of the global cancer burden. This unique project brings together the worlds of art, philanthropy and sport, in a way never before seen, to create artwork that represents the power of human potential in overcoming adversity.
"Stages" will run through August 8th. The exhibition will then travel to New York City for an October showing before moving to Los Angeles in November. Its final stop will be the Portland Art Museum at the beginning of 2010.
All profits from these sales will go directly to the Lance Armstrong Foundation to further their efforts to defeat cancer through research, outreach, and legislation.
Participating artists: Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Andreas Gursky, Cai GuoQiang, Yoshitomo Nara, Christopher Wool, Jules de Balincourt, Tom Sachs, Shepard Fairey, Dzine, Eric White, Geoff McFetridge, Kaws, Jose Parla, Raymond Pettibon, Kenny Scharf, Rosson Crow, Aaron Young, Lari Pittman, Catherine Opie.
During the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong will ride bikes decorated especially for this occasion by the following artists: Damien Hirst, Kaws, Marc Newson, Yoshimoto Nara, Kenny Scharf and Shepard Fairey.
"This year it's about more than winning the race. It's about people coming together to use our talents and abilities for a cause bigger than ourselves and doing everything within our power to help those in their fight to overcome cancer. This endeavor will help raise awareness and much needed funds for the foundation and those who need it most: researchers, patients, and their families." – Lance Armstrong -- www.gagosian.com