Josh Agle is a painter and designer from Los Angeles who is best known by the name he signs his paintings, Shag -- the SH in Josh and the AG in Agle.
His distinctive artistic style draws from commercial illustration from the past five decades, but the work is imbued with an attitude and sly sense of humor which is unmistakably of our time. His paintings are known for his martini-clutching mod characters in swanky places, rendered in saturated colors with a distinctive midcentury style. Lithe ladies in bobs and beehives and their cool-cat men lounge on boxy sofas and egg chairs, or sip tropical drinks in bars next to zombies and skeletons while bongo drummers and guitarists play on. There’s usually a leering tiki or five; alligators, black cats, Shriners and Franz Kafka might also make an appearance.
An ode to the cocktail culture of the 1950s and 1960s and nostalgia for the optimism and fashionable hedonism of that time is one reason for Shag’s popular appeal. But like the best art, it’s the doors in our own imaginations opened up by his work that keep viewers engaged—and coming back for more.
This is the rare opportunity to get to know Josh better, hear how he developed an inimitable style recognized worldwide, and just how much he really, really loves what he does! For his fans coming to his presentation, Josh will have a gift for all in attendance!
Following the presentation, Shag will sign books and Modernism Week 2022 commemorative posters he designed.
Things to Know
This event is for all ages.
Local covid restrictions in effect at the time of the presentation will be respected.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 N. Museum Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Josh Agle
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