The Misstep

14 hand pulled inks silkscreen print
Edition of 200 plus proofs. Numbered and signed by Shag
41 x 97 cm
Custom framed copy in black lacquared wooden 2.5 x 2.5 cm frame
Mesurements framed 46 x 102 cm
1000 €

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Esta serigrafía fue producida por Shag para coincidir con la Palm Springs Modernism Week, que se celebra todos los años en la ciudad del desierto californiano donde reside al artista. La casa que ves en The Misstep (El Tropezón) fue construida en 1946 por el arquitecto Albert Frey, uno de los mayores valedores de la arquitectura moderna en la Costa Oeste, para su cliente el legendario diseñador industrial Raymond Loewy. Loewy diseñó incontables objetos que todavía reconocerías hoy, tales como la botella de Coca-Cola, los autobuses Greyhound, el futurista Studebaker Avanti y logotipos inmortales como los de Lucky Strike, Shell, US Mail, o BP. De todas formas, seguramente una cosa que Loewy no diseñó fue el plan para que su invitado (el actor William Powell) tropezase accidentalmente y cayese a la piscina. La leyenda dice que para que el actor no se sintiese avergonzado Loewy saltó a la piscina inmediatamente detrás. La edición comercial (200 copias) está agotada. Te ofrecemos una prueba del artista, Studio Proof, con Certificado de Autenticidad expedido por la galería.


SHAG, Josh Agle (Sierra Madre, California, 1962)     

American artist Josh Agle is better known as Shag (an acronym made by combining the last two letters of his first name and the first two of his surname).

Agle studied architecture in the 1980s but later switched to graphic design, becoming a successful commercial illustrator for clients like Time and Forbes and designing album covers for several California bands, including his own. In 1995, Otto von Stroheim—editor of Tiki News and organiser of the Tiki Oasis festival—invited him to contribute a work to a group show in Santa Monica, where it caught the attention of Billy Shire, a collector and owner of La Luz de Jesus Gallery. He participated in a collective exhibition there in 1996, and his artistic career took off. According to Shire, Shag “created what could be called a whole new genre: twenty-first century hipster cool”. He soon became a cult figure and leading exponent of the Lowbrow movement, and over the years he has become a successful artist whose work is collected by Ben Stiller, Whoopi Goldberg and many other Hollywood celebrities and exhibited in the finest galleries of New York, Los Angeles and Sydney.

His prolific work as a commercial illustrator includes a series of paintings commissioned by Disney to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Disney World.

Shag’s art features scenes tinged with irony and mischievous humour, rendered in a distinctive style inspired by the commercial illustrations of the 1950s and 60s. His paintings, with their vivid colours and kitsch aesthetic, are an ode to consumerism and the good life; his characters drink, smoke and eat in stylish, sophisticated settings, in houses designed by Richard Neutra or John Lautner and furnished by Eames, Eero Saarinen, Arne Jacobson and George Nelson.

Shag also finds aesthetic and artistic inspiration in early James Bond films, David Bailey’s photographs of “Swinging London” and the work of artists like Robert Williams (founder of Juxtapoz magazine), Keith Haring and Mark Ryden, whom he greatly admires.