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L.A. artists lend a hand to Lance Armstrong

July 18, 2009 |  8:01 am


Simply for the names alone, it qualifies as one of the most impressive group exhibitions of the season.

Twenty world-renowned artists are participating in a show at Paris' Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin called "Stages," which was organized by the Lance Armstrong Foundation. Among the artists are seven prominent L.A. names: Ed Ruscha, Catherine Opie, Lari Pittman, Shepard Fairey, Raymond Pettibon, Geoff McFetridge and Rosson Crow.

Armstrong asked the artists to create works based on the theme of survivorship, especially as it relates to people who are fighting cancer. The show, which is co-presented by Nike, will benefit the cyclist's foundation, which works with people afflicted by the disease.

For the show, Ruscha created an acrylic-on-linen painting with the words "Vital to the Core" illuminated by bright rays of light (see above). Other artists chose to depict some aspect of cycling -- photographer Catherine Opie submitted an image of an open country road -- while still others decided to take cancer as their theme.

The show runs at its Paris location through Aug. 8 and will open at New York's Armory Center on Oct. 2.

-- David Ng

Click through for a look at the other works of art in the exhibition...


Catherine Opie's "Untitled (Road)." Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects


Raymond Pettibon's "Untitled (From the ends)." Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects


Lari Pittman's "Untitled #11." Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects


Shepard Fairey's "Jessica." Courtesy Deitch Projects


Geoff McFetridge's "Even the Simplest Shapes Wish to Become Logos One Day." Courtesy of the artist


Rosson Crow's "Texas Cycle Show." Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery

Top photo: Ed Ruscha's "Vital to the Core." Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery