If you dig the Tiki Bar Culture-inspired art by the artist known as SHAG (AKA Josh Agle) and you happen to live in or near Palm Springs or Los Angeles, California, then you are in luck! Those who wish to fill their homes with Shagadadelic accessories bearing the way-groovy designs of SHAG can visit the The SHAG Store to purchase original, limited-edition prints as well as lamps, cocktail glasses, handbags, jewelry and throw pillows, among other goodies!
This Pink Elephant Throw Pillow measures 16-inches in diameter, with a Fez-adorned Pink Elephant on the front and a solid black fabric back. Contact the store to see if it’s in stock, or can be purchased online!
The Most Beautiful Daughters (after Balthus) By SHAG (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)
Do you enjoy the artwork of Josh Agle — AKA SHAG? I sure do. In fact, the very high point of last week’s art crawl was the opening reception of SHAG’s latest exhibit, All My Bones at Jonathan LeVine Gallery’s 23rd Street space. Nicole and I enjoyed looking at the paintings and pretending they depicted favorite scenes from episodes of Mad Men. When you look at the photos in this post, I think you will understand why.
The Endless Staircase
With a distinct style influenced by mid-century modern design, Agle paints with a keen attention to figure and form. Depicting stylized subjects in affluent settings he invites viewers into a playful yet satirical world, confronting themes of fame, youth, revelry and excess. With a paradoxical central narrative influenced by Biblical stories, All My Bones epitomizes the artist’s retro aesthetic and expands upon his sophisticated iconography.
The Queen of Sheba, featuring Don Draper, Megan Draper and Roger Sterling!
Spy Pic of SHAG (second from far left) taken by me at the Opening Reception. He was very nice!
The Golden Calf
Rendered with vividly saturated colors, crisp shapes and fluid line work, Agle’s works sardonically look at consumption and consumerism. His extravagant subjects are surrounded by lavish architecture, fashion and furnishings but are apathetic toward their opulence, predominately portrayed as expressionless and emotionally detached.
Macaah and Absalom
The pieces in All My Bones were inspired by a book of Old Testament stories Agle had as a child. He recalls, “What seemed like straightforward morality plays told in simple language and pictures meant for children turned out to be complex, grotesque and ethically confusing stories when I read them in the Bible as I got older.”
The Most Virtuous Family (Note: Possibly the First Depiction of a “Selfie” in an SHAG Paining!)
In this series demonic characters, blazing flames and kingly lions are placed within the hedonistic atmosphere of a SHAG painting with the goal of reinterpreting these fables in such a way that will keep the imagery as morally ambiguous as the source material.
Installation View Left to Right: Ahab’s Wife, Woman with False Idol III, Ethbaal’s Daughter
The detail in these paintings is just fantastic and photos cannot even do them justice, so if you are intrigued you need to check out this show in person.
Dagon’s Pad (Note: SHAG Autograph Procured at the Opening)
All My Bones by SHAG will be on Exhibit Through June 13th, 2015 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at
557C West 23rd Street, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
A Jonathan LeVine Teletubby is Part of the Art Army by Mike Leavitt (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)
It is no secret that Worleygig.com is a huge fan and supporter of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery and that we try to attend and cover every show! So, it was lots of fun to find ourselves at the opening reception of The Color and The Fury group show, celebrating 10 Years of great art at Jonathan LeVine!
Installation View, Before the Crowds Swarmed In!
I’m not sure if ice cream treats were served at some point during the evening, but if they were it was after we left. In addition to an exhibit of selected works by LeVine-represented artists, one wall of the gallery is dedicated to a site-specific, shrine-like installation of memorabilia from past shows, oddball props and various likenesses of Jonathan LeVine himself created by artists like Mike Leavitt and Dan Witz — also very fun!
Speaking of Ice Cream Treats, here is a lifesize-ish cut out of Jonathan LeVine as an Ice Cream Sandwich!
The Many Faces of Jonathan LeVine!
The wall was full of little Tableaus like This One of Jonathan with his Fans, Friends and Supporters.
We enjoyed finding little reminders of shows past tucked among the many cards and mini shrines along the wall.
I wish I could say that I remember what that Grey Suit was about, but I do not.
In honor of JLG’s dedication to and support of the Street Art of The World!
I wonder what is in that jar? Is it little Gummy Jonathans?
Jonathan LeVine 23rd Street Gallery Storefront Display Celebrates 20 Years of Juxtapoz Magazine (All Photos By Gail)
Hey NYC Art Lovers, if you are free this evening (Thursday, May 15th) why not pop over to the two Jonathan LeVine Gallery locations (they are just 3 blocks apart!) to have your mind blown at the opening night reception of Art Truancy, the coolest contemporary art group show, maybe ever!
Featuring the works of over 40 artists, Art Truancy celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Juxtapoz Magazine at a revered gallery space that has been around almost as long. Artists whose work you will see in this exhibit include Alex Gross, Alex Pardee, Andrew Schoultz, Brett Amory, Camille Rose Garcia, Chloe Early, Conor Harrington, Doze Green, Faile, Jeremy Fish, Jeff Soto, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Maya Hayuk, Miss Van, Neckface, Parra, Pushead, Robert Williams, Saner, Seonna Hong, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Thomas Campbell, Todd James, Todd Schorr and others. I’m happy to be able to say that I was familiar with the work of so many of these great artists after having been introduced to their work at previous LeVine Gallery shows.
Last night I attended a press preview of the show and will now share with you some of my favorite pieces.
From the 23rd Street Space:
Art by Robert Williams, perhaps most famous for his painting, Appetite for Destruction, which was used as the back cover artwork for the Guns ‘N’ Roses album of the same name.
Thursday’s Girl by Shag (All Photos By Gail, Click on Any Image to Enlarge)
Retro-Modern Design, Tiki Bar Culture, Cocktail Parties and Vinyl Records. Everything fabulous and swingin’ that made the late sixties and early seventies the best time to be alive are reoccurring themes in Thursday’s Girl, the new series of paintings by artist Josh Agle, known as Shag, on exhibit now at Jonathan LeVine Gallery.
Detail from Party Scene, Above. Notice that the men in this painting have horns on their heads. I will let you figure out what that is supposed to mean
There’s a party — or party vibe — of some kind going on in nearly every painting: whether it’s a large gathering of hedonistic revelers, the exterior shot of the house inside which the party is happening, or simply Thursday’s Girl shown playing her guitar as she relaxes with a martini and her cat.
Each painting has a QR code next to it which, when scanned, will tell you something cool and informative about what is going on in the painting. I couldn’t read these little secret stories, however, because I have no smart phone. Don’t forget to bring your Smart Phones!
Painting Detail. There is probably a Key Party going on inside this house.
If you read the official Press Release on Thursday’s Girl, you will learn that “this series of paintings were inspired by All Tomorrow’s Parties, the classic Velvet Underground song in which lyrics written by Lou Reed spoke to New York’s downtown art scene found in places such as Warhol’s Factory.” The underlying theme turns out to be kind of a bummer — like a visual depiction of Poison’s “Fallen Angel,” if you will — but I didn’t want to focus on that. To me, these paintings were like a cross between Disneyland and Mad Men — two of my favorite things in the world. So, I choose to remain ignorant of their darker meaning.
I think we can agree that this is supposed to be the Velvet Underground.
And the party was not just going on within the art. As the minutes ticked on, Saturday’s opening reception turned into quite the social scene. I was very happy to run into artists Beau Stanton and also Joseph Arthur, whose current exhibit is still up at Able Fine Art. Party at Jonathan LeVine!
You should definitely go see this exhibit while you can, because it is just amazing. Shag Rocks!
Thursday’s Girl By Shag will be on Exhibit through May 4th, 2013 at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, in the Chelsea Gallery District.
I can’t remember now where I first saw this online (Boing Boing maybe?) but I figured you Disneyland freaks out there would want a head’s up.
SHAG Haunted Mansion Product Release & Signing Date: Sunday, August 9, 2009 Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Purchasing Location: Disneyana Shop, Disneyland® park Signing Location: Main Street Cinema, Disneyland® park
Product & Event Information:
Artist, SHAG (Josh Angle) will be on hand for a special meet & greet and signing opportunity as we celebrate the release of his “Haunted Mansion” inspired artwork created in commemoration of the 40th Anniversary of the Haunted Mansion attraction at Disneyland® Park. Represented in the artwork are some of the attraction’s most beloved scenes, including the Stretching Portraits, the Ballroom, the Seance Room, the Attic, Graveyard, among others. This unique collection is a must have for any SHAG and Haunted Mansion enthusiast. To view the Haunted Mansion 40th Anniversary inspired artwork by SHAG, click here . Please continue to watch for a complete list of merchandise that will be offered in conjunction with the cocktail reception and product release events.
Please Note: Guests attending SHAG’s Spirited Cocktail Reception on August 8, 2009 will have the first opportunity to purchase this product. Remaining quantities will be released as part of the product release on August 9, 2009. To register for attendance at the cocktail event, you must first complete an online form for Disney’s Event Club Registrationhere.