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STAGES – Nike x LIVESTRONG – A Global Art Exhibition

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It is taking place at this very moment, across time zones and geographic boundaries, through face-to-face conversation or an impromptu telephone call.  But the subject is all along the same line, an announcement of dread, of fear, of consequences yet unknown. A conversation where 3 simple words carried life altering meaning for 12 million people yet to be diagnosed this year alone “You Have Cancer”

The reaction is one of disbelief, of shocked into silence or uncontrollable sob of fear, of anguish and frustration. You mind darted back between past exploits and future ponderings, filled with regrets of errors made and plans have yet to accomplish. In that instant, you become an empty vessel, void of hope and spirit.

In that instant, you become the loneliest person you know. 

Cancer, in its myriad forms and types, is a sinister disease.  It ravages you physically and depletes you psychologically. Not only is the disease draining, the battle to eradicate it is also a long drawn out one. It alters the definition of your role in your family, in your circle of friends and in your community. For 28 million people worldwide and their love ones, it is a stark reality of day to day.

» LIVESTRONG – Lance Armstrong Foundation

A Global Art Exhibition


Opening photos (Paris)

Jessica Ikenberry and Shepard Fairey

What is “STAGES”?

LIVESTRONG – Lance Armstrong Foundation

For them, the battle does not have to be a lonesome one.  Enter the Lance Armstrong Foundation.  Better known to many as LIVESTRONG, the foundation was established by professional cyclist Lance Armstrong.  At the start of his professional career, many have deemed him to be a force reckons with in the cycling world. However, October 2nd, 1996 , at age 25, Armstrong was diagnosed with – nonseminomatous – testicular cancer, an aggressive variant that already spread to parts of his brain, lung, and abdomen.  A survivability rate of 50% only, Armstrong faced the odds as how he did with cycling races, stages by stages.  In the midst of treatments and even before the certainty of his prognosis, the idea of Lance Armstrong begins to take shape.

Now in its 12th year, LIVESTRONG – Lance Armstrong Foundation has helped and continues to help those afflicted by cancer.  Similar to the expansive nature of cancer and how it devastates lives, LIVESTRONG assist the diagnosed and their love ones a comprehensive range of solutions.

– Prevention

– Education

– Access to Screening & Care

– Improvement in Treatment

– Ease of Transition for Cancer Survivors

– Awareness

– Investment in Treatment Research.

Like the disease itself, LIVESTRONG also deals with the spiritual and psychological aspect of the disease. With its unofficial motto, Unity Is Strength, the foundation links those battling the disease, their caregivers, with others among their communities, where they could face this common foe with collective strength.  For those seeking a personal resolution, the foundation also provides access to One-on-One Support., not to mention those looking clinical trials of new medical treatment.

However, the foundation’s most crucial function is to raise awareness on the disease and funding for the long battle against it.  This is where STAGES plays a key role.

STAGES – A Global Art Exhibition

A term carries great weight in 2 fields, the word STAGES is defined as winning a cycling race. A progression of challenges one must overcome to wear that definitive Maillot Jaune.  Then there is a definition of grim nature, the advancement of one’s cancer. Seeing the collation between art and philanthropy, Armstrong, along with long-time friend Mark Parker, the CEO of Nike, announced a new global initiative to raise public awareness on the battle against cancer.  Since STAGES was a term prominent in Lance Armstrong’s life, it is only fitting to named this special event STAGES.

Invitations were send out to 2-dozen artists, each of whom has won accolades for their creavity and signature aesthetics.  More importantly is their understanding of art as a medium to convey messages to the viewing public.  Drawn from Armstrong’s own personal struggle with the disease as well as those they know personally, the artist created in their own capacity a message of hope and determination, a message to never give up.  STAGES isn’t only just an exhibition to raise awareness however.  It also will part take an active role in the process.  After its global tour, all of the artwork will be sole through a special auction.  And similar to the LIVESTRONG product collection by Nike, 100% of the proceeds from that auction will go to the LIVESTRONG effort.

STAGES A Global Art Exhibition To Raise Funds and Awareness for the Fight Against Cancer will make its debut tomorrow, July 17th, at Parisian gallery of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin.

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

76 rue de Tureene | Map

75003 Paris France

Exhibition Date: July 17th, 2009 August 8th 2009

Cai Guo-Qiang

“Tree With Yellow Blossoms”

Gunpowder on paper, mounted on wood as a four-panel folding screen.

230cm x 310cm

Rosson Crow

“Texas Cycle Show”

Oil, acrylic, and enamel on canvas.

213cm x 305cm

Jules De Balincourt

“Healing to Die You”

Mixed media on canvas.

122cm x 99cm


“The Tipping Point”

Custom lowrider bicycle

(24kt gold plating, 23kt gold leaf, custom engraving, chrome, nickel plating, enamel paint, automotive paint, suede, Swarovski crystals, neon, rubber, iPod/audio speakers,and mirror), 117cm x 183cm x 66cm. Image courtesy of the artist and Deitch Projects.

Shepard Fairey


Mixed media stencil collage on canvas (newsprint, paper, spray paint, and acrylic paint).

112cm x 112cm

Andreas Gursky

“Tour de France I”

C-print mounted on plexiglass in artist’s frame.

90cm x 66cm


“The End”

Acrylic on canvas.

173cm x 173cm

Geoff McFetridge

“Even the Simplest Shapes Wish to Become Logos One Day”

168cm-diameter circular sculpture (made up of large individual yellow wooden pushpins).

Yoshitomo Nara


Acrylic on wood panel.

91cm x 91cm

Catherine Opie

“Untitled (Road)”


61cm x 81cm

José Parlá

“Untitled (Dedicated to Dr. Alan Berkman)”

Acrylic, oil paint, ink and plaster on wood.

122cm x 213cm

Raymond Pettibon

“No Title (From the ends)”

Pen and ink on paper.

61cm x 81cm

Lari Pittman

“Untitled #11”

Acrylic, cel vinyl, and aerosol lacquer on gessoed canvas over panel.

132cm x 102cm

Richard Prince

“I’m Not Coming Home”

Collage and acrylic on canvas.

117cm x 86cm

Ed Ruscha

“Vital To The Core”

Acrylic on linen.

61cm x 89cm

Tom Sachs

“Lance’s Tequila Bike for Girls”

Collage and acrylic on canvas.

117cm x 86cm

Kenny Scharf

“5 For 99 Cents”

Mixed media (acrylic, silkscreen, spray paint, oil, and glitter on linen).

152cm x 122cm

Eric White


Oil on canvas.

122cm x 183cm

Christopher Wool

“Untitled, 2009”

Silkscreen ink on linen.

244cm x 183cm.

Aaron Young

“Burnout (Pour on the Coals)”

Gold, glass, rubber, white wine, and acrylic on aluminum.

244cm x 366cm