I don't follow cycling and to be honest I don't know much about Lance Armstrong. But this past Winter (I can finally say past because it's Spring!) when I attended the press opening for the Shepard Fairey exhibit at the ICA Boston, something caught my eye. There in a book that detailed each work of art was Lance Armstrong's name. Indeed one of the largest pieces in the entire show belonged to the cycling legend. It peaked my interest — Lance supports street art? Yes, indeed he does.
Leading up to his eighth Tour de France, Lance will be riding "art bikes" designed by prolific artists who are heavily influenced by street culture — KAWS, Barry McGee, Marc Newson, Damien Hirst – and manufactured by TREK. The art bikes will then be auctioned to benefit Livestrong. Additionally, his Livestrong organization is holding a benefit art show that coincides with the art bikes. Entitled "Stages," the show/auction will be held at the Emmanuel Perrotin Gallery in Paris on July 16, 2009 and features the artwork of Shepard Fairey, Raymond Pettibon, Ed Ruscha, KAWS, Barry McGee, Kenny Scharf, Os Gemeos, and Marc Newson to name a few.
Lance's camp says it'll take a month for him to recover from his recent collarbone injury. And once he's back, he'll once again be riding pretty atop the hottest bikes on the road.