Shag Shag: A-Z: A BLAB! Storybook

ISBN 13: 9781560978855

Shag: A-Z: A BLAB! Storybook

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9781560978855: Shag: A-Z: A BLAB! Storybook

26 original alphabet paintings by the icon of Tiki culture.

Shag: A to Z presents, quite simply, 26 original paintings corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. Each painting is accompanied by a short verse extolling the pleasures of a hedonistic lifestyle and the virtues of overindulgence.

Shag: A to Z is the creation of Josh Agle, a painter and designer from Southern California who is probably better known by the name he signs on his paintings, "Shag." Shag has spent the last decade creating a body of work based on his idiomatic aesthetic preferences, a world of mid 20th century modern architecture and design, populated by hedonists, supplicants, and indifferent women. The paintings themselves celebrate consumerism and consumption on vividly colored, sharply rendered panels; the characters drink, smoke and eat in lavish, stylish surroundings. Since 1996 his work has been displayed in galleries and museums in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and Australia.

Shag: A to Z
is the latest Blab! Storybook, a series showcasing sequential artists from Monte Beauchamp's annual BLAB! anthology. Each volume is presented in a faux-children's book format, though aimed squarely at adults and young adults. Full-color illustrations throughout

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About the Author:

Shag lives in Southern California. A live theatrical dance production based on his artwork, Shag With a Twist, is currently running nightly at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

From Booklist:

This new entry in editor Monte Beauchamp’s line of adult picture books deserves a place on every glass-sheet-topped coffee-table in America. It’s an alphabet book with, for each letter, a clever quatrain placed within what looks for all the world like a 1950s linocut ad pitched to the would-be hip. With its clean curves, precise geometry, single-color masses, restricted palettes (no more than four pastel hues per page), and backdrops reminiscent of the undersides of linoleum floor tiles, this graphic manner somehow became inalienably associated with the swinger lifestyle as led by, for instance, the iconic Rat Pack (Frank, Dean, and Sammy are the star attractions of “H is for Hipster” herein). Agle, whose nom-de-palette is Shag, absolutely commands, in words as well as figures, the boozy urbanity of such commercially calculating hipness, which we now admire as quaint. An album that just dares you to keep an indulgent smirk off your face while perusing it. --Ray Olson

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