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’s big or small you have to look at it. Because I’m 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?