You may recognize Josh Flagg from Bravo’s highly addictive Million Dollar Listing, but what you may not know is that the broker is one of L.A.’s most celebrated young collectors in the biz. The agent to A-listers has given us access to his impressive collection, which includes works from andy warhol, Slim Aarons, David Hockney, and Ed Ruscha. Below Flagg shares with us more about the one-of-a-kind pieces.
Tell us a little bit about your background. How did you get involved in the art world?
I have been obsessed with art since I was a child. My grandparents on my mom’s side and my grandparents on my dad’s side both had an incredible collection of furniture and art. Karl Springer, Rose Tarlow, and Charles Hollis Jones did a lot of the furniture, along with many pieces from Hudson Rissman. My grandmother has some incredible David Hockneys as well as pieces by Jozef Israëls and Picasso.
What’s your favorite piece in this collection and why?
Of the pieces in this collection, I think the Marilyn and Liz are the most special because they are probably Andy Warhol’s two most iconic works. The Ed Ruscha is wonderful because it is an original and affordable for a Ruscha. I believe he is the Warhol of our day, and he is still with us. David Hockney, who is still with us, is also a wonderful investment.
The Slim Aaron “Poolside Gossip” is very important because this is his most iconic image and everyone knows it, yet this is one of the few signed (not estate stamped pieces). This was one of the pieces signed on his deathbed. This is an incredibly important piece.
I think Bernard Buffet is a very undervalued piece of art. Many of his pieces were very expensive in the 1980s, and the market came down. It’s now popped back up again.
What do you love about living in Los Angeles? How does the art scene compare to other cities?
Los Angeles is the greatest city in the world and there are some amazing California artists, and a lot of supporters of the arts in Los Angeles who made these artists famous. Marcia Weisman is the first name that comes to mind and probably is the most prolific.
You’re constantly looking at gorgeous homes — do you ever tire of it? Where do you find new inspiration?
I find inspiration in my house because it’s full of the things I love. It’s very eclectic, having pieces from Warhol to Calder and furnishings from Billy Haines, sculptures by Henry Moore and Guy Rickey, as well as Louise Nevelson, and then wonderful antiques from the estate of Betsy Bloomingdale, as well as fabulous mid-century pieces from my grandmother.
What’s been your favorite property that you’ve sold?
The estate of Betsy Bloomingdale
Being one of the most celebrated young collectors in Los Angeles, what advice do you have for others who want to start their own collection?
Buy the best that you can afford at that time and never settle for less. If you can afford it, buy it. Your kids will appreciate it in their future.