Shaquille O’Neal…curator?

Shaquille O'Neal

American basketball star Shaquille O’Neal has curated¬†an¬†exhibition for The FLAG Art Foundation in New York.¬†¬†The athlete¬†selected the 66 artworks for the show over dinner with¬†FLAG directors Glenn Fuhrman and Stephanie Roach.¬†

‘Size DOES Matter’ is – surprise surprise – a thematic¬†exhibition about scale.¬† When questioned about his curatorial premise in New York magazine, O’Neal stated: “I picked those things because they were beautiful. The thing about size – if it‚Äôs big or small you have to look at it. Because I‚Äôm so big you have to look at me. I think of myself as a monument. But sometimes I like to feel small.”¬†¬†

Despite including big-name artists like Cindy Sherman, Yinka Shonibare and Maurizio Cattelan, the ‘curator and muse’ (according to FLAG’s website) is¬†clearly more interested in self promotion than any significant¬†form of curatorial investigation.¬† He even wants to commission featured artist Ron Mueck to make a giant sculpture in his likeness and set up office in it’s head.

Don’t give up your day job Shaq.¬†¬†

Size DOES Matter, The FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street, New York, until May 27.

Shaquille O’Neal…curator?