Shaquille O’Neal to Curate Contemporary Art Exhibition in New York

58052233The 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.

The exhibition will include works in a variety of media that employ scale as a key component of their composition. Every work in the show was selected by Shaq himself or is being newly made at his request.

Artists in the exhibition will include:

    Maurizio Cattelan            Paul Pfeiffer
    Chuck Close                  Charles Ray
    Cathy de Monchaux            Ugo Rondinone
    Richard DuPont               Yinka Shonibare
    Joe Fig                      Ken Solomon
    Tom Friedman                 Tomoaki Suzuki
    Franz Gertsch                Robert Therrien
    Andreas Gursky               Jim Torok
    Tim Hawkinson                Mark Wagner
    Brian Jungen                 Corban Walker
    Jeff Koons                   Willard Wigan
    Dr. Lakra                    Kehinde Wiley
    Charles LeDray               Fred Wilson
    Ron Mueck                    Ivan Witenstein
    Evan Penny                    among others
    Richard Pettibone

A comprehensive catalogue with installation images as well as an essay by bestselling author and Cleveland native James Frey will accompany the exhibition. Frey is one of the most controversial and celebrated authors in the world. His three books have all been #1 national and international bestsellers, and his work is published in 35 languages. He has written extensively about art, and worked on projects with Richard Prince, Ed Ruscha, Damien Hirst and Richard Phillips, among others. His next book, The Final Testament of the Holy Bible, is due to be released on Easter in 2011.

Pictured: NBA player Shaquille O’Neal attends a press conference for ABC’s new reality show ‘Shaq Vs.’ held at the Lowes Hotel on August 5, 2009 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images).