February 25, 2010

Quite some time ago when I was younger
Maybe eight or nine
A friend of mine had nearly met his
Death before his time

Irving Penn, After Dinner Games, 1947

* NY Magazine interviews Shaq regarding the art exhibit he recently curated. excerpt:

Q: How did you make your choices?

Shaq: Art is a process of delivering or arranging elements that appeal to the emotions of a person looking at it. It’s what you feel. 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.

Q: Do you ever get time to visit museums?

Shaq:I used to go a lot with my kids. Donald Trump is a great friend, and he has four or five Picassos on his plane. And that’s where I would look at them. One time, I was at a museum and tried touching a Picasso. You break it, you buy it, they said. I was told it would cost $2 million.

Q: Have you ever tried painting?

Shaq: No, but I’ve met a lot of artists who wanted to paint me. LeRoy Neiman was one. He did it from a photograph. He made 20,000 copies, and we sold them all. Now I’m working with the greatest artist in the world, Peter Max.

* Does Tiger Woods owe you an apology?

* "..listening to a cassette tape is not an exact science, some cassette players play them a little faster…others distort and phase the music sometimes changing the sound on the cassette forever…my first introduction to U2 as a youngster was listening to a cassette that had at some point been chewed up by a dog. It sounded like a recording of a My Bloody Valentine rehearsal or something full of incredible whooshing noises and vibrato, imagine my disappointment on hearing the correct version a few years later." -- Gruff Rhys


Anonymous Anonymous said...

re: Donald Trump is a great friend, and he has four or five Picassos on his plane.

wonder if those are near the Dali prints?

11:43 AM  

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