Alex Shear’s Object Lesson #1


In a number of its early issues, Esopus included a themed arrangement of objects contributed by Alex Shear, the legendary collector who has amassed more than 100,000 pop-culture artifacts over the past 30 years. The first offering, “Object Lesson #1,” came in the form of a 9" x 36" removable poster that featured a “line-up” of soda bottles that shamelessly echo the original 7-Up logo.

Throughout his life, Alex Shear compiled a collection of over 100,000 20th-century pop-culture artifacts in his apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In the ’70s, Shear was a highly successful designer of housewares and clothing. In the ’90s and until his death in 2014, he focused exclusively on acquisition. Objects from his collection have been featured in exhibitions at Manhattan’s Children’s Museum and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, among others.