Shaquille O’Neil is a legend of massive proportions, and has accomplished everything in the sport of basketball, but this week see’s the 7’1″ tall athlete make his debut as a curator of contemporary art, with his show “Size DOES Matters” at NYC’s Flag Art Foundation. Shaq isn’t the only massive drawcard for the show, its a who who of contemporart art, including works from Jeff Koons, Andreas Gursky, Richard Phillips, Cindy Sherman, Kehinde Wiley… amongst numerous others in a very impressive line up.
The FLAG Art Foundation is pleased to present “Size DOES Matter”, curated by basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal. This exciting exhibition, on view from February 19, 2010 – May 27, 2010, includes works from international artists exploring the myriad ways that scale affects the perception of contemporary art.
Weighing 320 pounds and standing 7’1″ atop his size 22 shoes, Shaq is one of the most dominant players ever to play in the NBA. Throughout his career, O’Neal has capitalized on his size and strength to overpower opponents for points and rebounds earning him nicknames such as Diesel and Superman. Now Shaq takes the opportunity to reflect on his size with an exhibition boasting works from microscopic to giant pieces that have the ability to dwarf and exaggerate everyone — even Shaq himself.
Artists have readily utilized the element of size. Large and small objects require different approaches, elicit unique responses from their viewer, and reflect the varying purposes in which works of art were meant to serve. This dynamic exhibition will include a variety of mediums that play with scale as a key component in the composition of the artwork. Every work in the show was selected by Shaq himself or is being newly made at his request.
February 19, 2010 – May 27, 2010 – The Flag Art Foundation