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2013 Spoleto poster unveiled Tuesday in downtown Charleston

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Tuesday Spoleto Festival USA General Director Nigel Redden unveiled the official 2013 Festival poster at a public event hosted by Bob Ellis Shoes in Charleston's King Street shopping district.

The poster, which features "Angled Ring" by New York-based artist Robert Mangold, is the latest in an extensive list of Festival posters created by a broad range of influential artists. Mangold challenges the typical connotations of what a painting is or could be; his work frequently includes direct architectural references or has the feeling of being drawn by an architect's hand.

He almost always works in extensive series, often carried through both paintings and works on paper. "Angled Ring" is part of Mangold's Ring Paintings, a series that highlights the artist's expansive and reflective vocabulary, in which there is a continuous evolution from his early to his most recent works. The original piece is pastel and black pencil on paper, 31¼" x 29¾". Pencil lines segment the image into even proportions while heavier curving lines react to the ring's shape and its divisions, pressing against the boundaries of its structure.

Mangold's work can be found in more than 75 public collections in the United States and abroad including The Art Institute of Chicago; The J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate Gallery, London; and the Pace Gallery, New York.

The official Festival poster is available for purchase by phone at 843.579.3100 or at the Box Office at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting Street. The price is $25.

Popular Window Display Contest Expanded for 2013 The arrival of the official Spoleto Festival USA poster also means the kick-off of Project Spoleto Storefront, the Festival's annual window display contest. This year the contest is being expanded to include downtown businesses beyond the traditional King Street corridor who want to show their Spoleto spirit by using the official Festival poster and the upcoming Spoleto program as inspiration for designing their window displays for the Festival season.

A "People's Choice" winner will be selected via public voting on Spoleto Festival USA's Facebook page and on Twitter with the tag #ProjectSpoleto. Participating stores are encouraged to use their own social media networks to drive fans to the contest as well. All window displays must be completed by close of business on Wednesday, May 15.

Public voting will begin on the Festival's opening day, Friday, May 24 and close at noon on Saturday, June 8. The winner will be announced through the Festival's social media channels and will receive two tickets to the Festival Finale at Middleton Place on Sunday, June 9.

Spoleto Festival USA May 24 - June 9, 2013
Considered America's premier international performing arts festival, Spoleto Festival USA fills Charleston, SC's historic theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with over 160 performances by world-renowned artists and emerging performers in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, bluegrass, and jazz music. For more information on Spoleto Festival USA, visit spoletousa.org or call 843.579.3100.

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