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Shag: The Art of Josh Agle
     

Shag: The Art of Josh Agle

by Billy Shire (Foreword by), Colin Berry (Text by), Josh Agle
 

Whether tiki bars or ski lodges, martini shakers or batwing glasses, Shag conjures wonderful retro-cool images. With the signature eye-popping color and crisp lines that can only belong to Josh Agle, these postcards are for everyone, from hipster to avid art collector.

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Whether tiki bars or ski lodges, martini shakers or batwing glasses, Shag conjures wonderful retro-cool images. With the signature eye-popping color and crisp lines that can only belong to Josh Agle, these postcards are for everyone, from hipster to avid art collector.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book marks the first comprehensive monograph on graphic turned popular artist Agle, commonly known as "Shag," whose commercial work has propelled him to international notoriety. Slated to coincide with a traveling exhibition of the artist's' work to show in Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, and Sydney this fall, this fantastic catalog is replete with retro allusions to Ratpack style, tiki-lounge chic, and Mod culture and is suffused with benign examples of the political and social preoccupations of the 1950s and early 1960s-often with deliciously bizarre twists. An illuminating foreword by La Luz gallery owner Billy Shire provides insight into Agle's drive and the long-term significance of his signature Shag style, and an enlightening essay by art critic Colin Berry (Sybex: A Pocket Tour of Music on the Internet) discusses the genesis and evolution of Shag and its specific cultural influences while providing a glimpse of the meticulous nature of Agle's technique. An informative complement to Bottomless Cocktail: The Art of Shag, this work is recommended for libraries focusing on contemporary art and popular culture.-Savannah Schroll, formerly with Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, DC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811850964
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 12.12(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Josh Agle, better known as Shag (a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last), has had successful solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Australia. He lives and paints in a mid-century mo

Colin Berry's art and culture criticism has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Wired, Time Out, Print, Surface, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications. He lives in Northern California.

Billy Shire is the founder and proprietor of La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, and so dubbed "the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow" by JUXTAPOZ magazine.

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