Other 1996 Group Shows
1996 was the year that Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics and Dolly become the world’s first cloned sheep. In more interesting news, Josh Agle exhibited at two group art shows.
21st Century Tiki Show
The 21st Century Tiki Show was held at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles in October 1996. The exhibition was curated by Otto von Stroheim (founder of Tiki News and Tiki Oasis) and Billy Shire (gallery owner). Josh Agle painted five new paintings for the show and included a large cubist picture from 1994. The five new paintings were 3 Musicians, Terrestial Tiki, Business Lunch, The Slave and Ray’s Mistake. The five new paintings were priced at $200-$300 and all sold, the cubist painting was priced at $1000 because he wished to keep it and luckily failed to sell.
Shag wrote the following for the “Ray’s Mistake” gallery card in the later retrospective:
The painting “Ray’s Mistake” is probably the 6th or 7th painting I did. It was done for the Tiki Group Show at La Luz de Jesus in 1996. The “Ray’s Mistake” refers to both the late owner of the Tiki Ti, and his most famous cocktail, also called “Ray’s Mistake.” I framed the piece myself, using gold bamboo molding which I painted and weathered to look more like bamboo.
The Cubist Tiki still takes pride of place in Shag’s Palm Springs house:
Exotica Primitiva Then and Now was the release party held at the Stardust Lounge on 16th November 1996 for Tiki News issue #8. The event featured the artwork of Bosko Hmjak, Dawn Frasier and Josh Agle.