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Shag Swapmeet Event

Billy Shire Fine Arts in Culver City, California held the Shag Swapmeet event from the 12th September to the 3rd October 2009. The event opened at 12pm on Saturday, September 12th 2009 with opening reception held from 7pm to 10pm the same day. The event included original art, serigraph prints, casino chips, shot glasses, purses, books, charm bracelets, bar stools, decanters, mugs, toys and more. The show included original works, such as the 1998 bamboo-framed The Perils of Trying Too Hard, to the early triptych Departure Idlewild, Stopover Borneo, Arrival Ape Island; and even a poly-bagged Painting by Shag from the 2006 Conspicuous Consumption exhibition.


Original Paintings
The original acrylic and vinyl paint on wooden panel travel triptych Departure Idlewild,  Stopover Borneo, and Arrival Ape City was exhibited for $60,000 USD. Each picture measured 28” by 20” in size.

The next three original acrylic and vinyl paint on panel paintings are from early in Josh Agle’s commercial career. The Perils of Trying Too Hard measures 20” by 16”, was painted in 1998, and was priced at $7,500 USD. Il Vespa measures 26″ by 18″, was painted in 1999, and was priced at $12,000 USD. Zoey & Petey measures 16” by 12”, was painted in 1999, and was priced at $7,000 USD.
The Perils of Trying Too Hard
Il Vespa
Zoey & Petey

The final three original acrylic and vinyl paintings are Franz Kafka, Swinger (a 23” by 12.5” panel painting from 1998 retailing for $12,000 USD), Beetlejack (a 37.5″ x 30″ panel painting from 2008 priced at $14,000 USD), and Oldest Crow (a 6” by 6” canvas painting from 2007 costing $1,500 USD).
Franz Kafka, Swinger
Beetlejack
Oldest Crow

Limited Edition Paintings
The limited edition serigraph prints were all from the personal collection of Billy Shire and came unframed, signed, and numbered. The unsubstantiated rumours were that Billy Shire and Shag were parting ways with the radical change of artistic direction around 2009 and that old stock was being cleared. This event was ran as a “cash and carry” (pieces are taken immediately instead of at the end of an exhibition) which reinforced the rumour as did the relatively low prices.

Details Image
Leeteg Tribute
Print Number: Limited Edition (299)
Size: 18″ x 23″
Cost: $450 USD
5 color serigraph print released in 1999.
J is for Jetsetter (Alphabet)
Print Number: Limited Edition (350)
Size: 12″ x 14″
Cost: $400 USD
9 color serigraph print released in 2009.
Mr. Lucky
Print Number: Limited Edition (350)
Size: 18″ x 25″
Cost: $450 USD
2 color serigraph print released in 2000.
Heavenly Host
Print Number: Limited Edition (350)
Size: 20″ x 24″
Cost: $450 USD
5 color serigraph print released in 2000.
Minotaur, Steadfast and Persistent
Print Number: Limited Edition (200)
Size: 18″ x 26″
Cost: $750 USD
6 color serigraph print released in 2000.
Vice Monkeys
Print Number: Limited Edition (200)
Size: 18″ x 10″
Cost: $700 USD (cost due to creased print)
6 color serigraph print released in 2001.
Cocktail Delivery
Print Number: Limited Edition (300)
Size: 23″ x 28″
Cost: $350 USD
4 color serigraph print released in 2002.
Bad Liver
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 12″ x 10″
Cost: $350 USD
10 color serigraph print released in 2002.
Black Lung
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 12″ x 10″
Cost: $350 USD
10 color serigraph print released in 2002.
Three Hipsters
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 9″ x 9″
Cost: $350 USD
4 color serigraph print released in 2002.
Sidney and Samantha
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 9″ x 9″
Cost: $250 USD
4 color serigraph print released in 2002.
The Gift
Print Number: Limited Edition (150)
Size: 26″ x 8″
Cost: $750 USD
12 color serigraph print released in 2002.
Unchecked Anger of Alf Charles
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 15″ x 26″
Cost: $500 USD
12 color serigraph print released in 2003.
The Big Mug
Print Number: Limited Edition (300)
Size: 25″ x 11″
Cost: $300 USD
9 color serigraph print released in 2004.
Into His Dark Heart
Print Number: Limited Edition (300)
Size: 20″ x 28″
Cost: $425 USD
14 color serigraph print released in 2003.
Cigaristo
Print Number: Limited Edition (300)
Size: 14″ x 10″
Cost: $300 USD
9 color serigraph print released in 2005.
O is for Oku Ohana Oono
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 14″ x 12″
Cost: $325 USD
8 color serigraph print released in 2005.
X Marks the Spot
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 14″ x 12″
Cost: $375 USD
12 color serigraph print released in 2005.
Last Table in Vegas
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 20″ x 27″
Cost: $400 USD
12 color serigraph print released in 2005.
Twelve Stations of Ptolemy Folio
Print Number: Limited Edition (200)
Size: 11″ x 16″
Cost: $3,900 USD (Folio set of 12 serigraphs)
12 color serigraph print released in 2003.
West Coast Jazz
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 22″ x 24″
Cost: $300 USD
12 color serigraph print released in 2005.
Thinking Has Been Done
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 21″ x 26″
Cost: $300 USD
14 color serigraph print released in 2008.
Little Inferno
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 20″ x 27″
Cost: $275 USD
12 color serigraph print released in 2005.
U is for Undertaker
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 12″ x 14″
Cost: $110 USD
8 color serigraph print released in 2006.
M is for Minotaur
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 12″ x 14″
Cost: $110 USD
11 color serigraph print released in 2007.
R is for Rum
Print Number: Limited Edition (250)
Size: 12″ x 14″
Cost: $110 USD
10 color serigraph print released in 2007.
Party Crashers
Print Number: Limited Edition (1000)
Cost: $25 USD
Levi’s promotional show poster published in 1999.

Merchandise
A large quantity of Shag designed merchandise was available at the Shag Swapmeet as shown below.

Paul Frank Purse
AP 26/30 – $225 USD
Akuku Decanter & Shot Set
LE 500 – $200 USD
Bar Stools (green)
LE 30 – $450 USD
Mondo Tiki Casino Chips
$98 USD
Casino Kitty Qee 8 Figurine
$185 USD
Tiki Charm Bracelet
LE 29/100 – $425 USD
BSFA Two Year Anniversary BBQ Invite
$1 USD
Conspicuous Consumption Invitation cards
$2 USD
Short Ratongo Pohu Blue
LE 18/250 – $110 USD
Tall Ratongo Tapu Gold Mug
LE 10/250 – $110 USD
Kapu Kapu Koa Brown
LE 21/250 – $90 USD
Ku-Ku Kana Kokuiki Gold
LE 50-51/250 – $90 USD

Ku-Ku Kana Puka Purple
LE 5,25-26/250 – $90 USD
Short Ratongo Kahala Green Mugs
LE 51/250 – $110 USD
Sip, Swig, Swill & Swallow Shot Glass Set
LE 27/100 – $325 USD
Blue Tie
$65 USD
Pirate Boy – Sepia
$22 USD
Kitty Pin
$15 USD
Girl Pin
$15 USD
Luau Nights Roller Pen Set
$60 USD
Mama Kitty Watch in tin
$60 USD
Bottomless Cocktail Special Edition
LE 150 – $450 USD
Bottomless Cocktail (HB)
Open – $40 USD
Shag: The Art of Josh Agle (HB)
Open – $40 USD

Gallery Photographs
And to end on a few photographs from the Shag Swapmeet event.

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