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Shag: The Art of Josh Agle Hardcover – August 11, 2005

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About 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (August 11, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081185096X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811850964
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.9 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thorsten Hasenkamm on September 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The is the 2nd "Art of SHAG"-book. This book contains about 200 JoSH AGle-paintings. If you liked the LAST GASP-book "BOTTOMLESS COCKTAIL/The Art of SHAG" you'll definitely like this one. One crit: This book has 224 pages, so what I'd have liked to have included in a book this thick would be more info on him and sketches by the artist (e.g. like in a JUXTAPOZ-issue where his way of working was displayed. Anyway, nice book, of course a must-have for any SHAG-fan...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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.

There are over 180 retro and quirky illustrations in this book. Most of them are traditional medium although I mistook them for vector art on first impression.

Besides the wild colour scheme, there's always something off in his paintings. It can be a lady listening to a small man playing inside a bird cage, or a bartender with four arms, or even the devil sewing a piece of leaf for Eve. That's the quirkiness that sets Shag apart from other artists.

There's not much text other than a short history of Shag's life and career.

His style is definitely unique and not for everyone.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heather Lawver on February 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This extensive collection of Josh "Shag" Agle's work is a beautiful and surprisingly extensive glimpse into the bold, curvaceous world of martinis and temptation that flows from Shag's seemingly endless imagination. With over 200 pages of high quality full-color prints, this book covers the grand breadth of themes and schemes that made Shag famous. This is easily the best collection of his work I've ever seen in print and I highly recommend it for any devoted Shag fan or indeed any modern art lover. Shag effortlessly captures the best of Mod and transforms it into an invitingly hedonistic world viewed through neon-colored glasses. An absolute must-have that you'll no doubt thumb through quite often, whenever you feel the need to escape into a life of glamour, excess, and beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DE Burke on October 28, 2009
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This is a gorgeous coffee table book. Very well done. If you want a slice of tasty Josh Agle art, (awesome) and a sweet book... this is it. I own all of Josh's books and this one is my favorite. Big format and great reproduction. If you are new to Shag, start with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Filipe Oliveira on August 2, 2013
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Book with many series of Josh Agle. With full bleed paintings of the artist and great, vivid colors. definetely a must for fans of the retro style.
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By W. Dietrich VINE VOICE on August 9, 2011
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My wife and I own over 10 Shag prints and I find that going thru the books really helps me determine what prints I want to hold out for. The book is a little small for a "coffee table book" but is a nice size and the color really pops off the pages. It is a great represntation of Shag's earlier work (his newer work is a little more detailed in the body and faces of the characters). There are about 10 prints that I can not wait for Shag to make available. If you are a fan of Shag this is a must have book for your collection, personally I would start with a book first than start collecting the prints.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Susan on September 23, 2005
Format: Hardcover
WOW! Sit back and luxuriate in this fabulous book. At last, a hard back with most of Josh Agle's wonderful works....pages and pages of hedonistic indulgence!! Separated by chapters with names like Jet Setting, Tiki, Mythology, Astrology and Adam & Eve and more. I say "most" of Shag's works as unfortunately, one of my favourites, "Neptune's Girfriend" was omitted. Having said that, the book is a wonderful celebration of his work, so sit back, mix a martini, put Martin Denny on the stereo and get lost in this book..
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SHAG's art is cool, hip & possesses a subtle wit & sly sense of humor.

Vivid colors & a deep love of Late 50s -early 60s pop culture iconography domiates his work.

I've framed these cards for the wall.

They are well worth the mazooma.

The Hipster gives it a Big Thumbs UP!

And SHAG has done CD covers, and even has a musical album dedicated to his art!
Check it out- Shagxotica! New Music Inspired By the Paintings of Shag
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