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STAGES Comes To New York

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“Exhibit Displaying Artwork Raises Awareness In The Fight Against Cancer”

Last week, New York’s iconic Deitch Projects, celebrated the opening of STAGES. A traveling art exhibit curated by Lance Armstrong and Nike, STAGES aims to raise global awareness for the Lance Armstrong Foundation in the fight against cancer.

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Ed Ruscha Acrylic on linen, 61cm x 89cm

The exhibit will run from October 31 – November 21 2009, offering New Yorkers an opportunity to view works from some of the most celebrated visionaries in the contemporary art world including KAWS, Tom Sachs, Cai-Guo Qiang, Ed Ruscha and Richard Prince.

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KAWS, Acrylic on canvas, 173cm x 173cm

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Tom Sachs, Carbon fiber Trek Madone with mixed media

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Richard Prince, Collage and acrylic on canvas, 117cm x 86cm

The featured artists felt an intense connection to the project, as the works themselves spoke to the cause in a myriad of voices and interpretations. Mediums varied, including a ring of yellow hand carved wooden pushpins from Geoff McFetridge. “Warm to the touch” although intentionally simple, was meant to symbolize unity and strength. Other artists used this opportunity as a therapeutic exercise, Eric White — applauded for his ability to render intricate photorealistic oil-based paintings — was inspired by his mother, a two-time survivor of oral cancer. This specific painting was, in his words, a “struggle to complete” as it symbolized her personal battle with the illness.

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Geoff McFetridge, 168cm-diameter circular sculpture of wooden pushpins

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Eric White, Oil on canvas, 122cm x 183cm

“By bringing together a diverse pool of artists from all walks of life, STAGES, is a testament to the devastating connection the disease has with many and how that connection can both confront and inspire through art.”

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Shepard Fairey, Mixed media stencil collage on canvas, 112cm x 112cm

Following its stay in New York, the STAGES art exhibit will conclude with a stop in Miami in early December as part of Art Basel Miami Beach. For more information about the project please visit STAGES09

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Lance Armstrong with CNN News

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