LA mag chronicles the falling out between groovadelic artist Shag and gallery owner Billy Shire -- once Shag's biggest booster.
The falling out happened when Shag (real name: Josh Agle) jumped to a rival Culver City gallery, the mag's Chris Nichols writes.
As a result, this Saturday, Shire's Billy Shire Fine Arts is cleaning house, selling off his Shag merchandise once and for all:
Shire has been exhibiting the works he once described as “modswingingsixtiesratpackagogoloungelizardwatusiwarriors” since 1996 and has long been one of Shag’s biggest supporters. The owner of La Luz de Jesus gallery even wrote the introduction to Shag: The Art of Josh Agle. “It was always,” says Shire, “a handshake deal.”
When the artist decamped for a competing Culver City gallery, Shag said it was “like breaking up with a long time girlfriend” but hoped his relationship with Shire could remain amicable.
Uh, apparently not.