Book of the Day Posted Jul 21, 2017

Book of the day > Hortus Sanitatis: The Gucci book by Derek Ridgers

Book of the day > Hortus Sanitatis: The Gucci Book by Derek Ridgers. Gold foiled hardcover with gold edged pages. Comes with Gucci poison red cotton pouch. Exclusive to us on the West Coast! Limited edition; first come, first served; one per person, please! "Hortus Sanitatis (Latin for ‘The Garden of Health’). Shot by Derek Ridgers, the book combines colour fashion photography of the Gucci pre-fall 2017 collection with illustrations of tigers and snakes and black and white photographs of library shelves and an apothecary. It takes its name from the first natural history encyclopedia, which was published in Mainz, Germany, in 1485. Shot in Rome in historical spaces that have remained untouched for centuries, the photographs offer a window into lost worlds. The locations are: Antica Spezieria di Santa Maria della Scala, an old apothecary, Biblioteca Angelica, a beautiful library filled with rare, ancient manuscripts, and Antica Libreria Cascianelli, a sprawling archive of books and pieces of art." @gucci @derekridgers

Book of the Day Posted Jul 20, 2017

Book of the day > Autophoto: Cars & Photography, 1900 to Now

Book of the day > Autophoto: Cars & Photography, 1900 to Now. Published by Fondation Cartier Pour L'Art Contemporain / Editions Xavier Barral. "The camera’s romance with the car: a photo history. Autophoto explores photography's longstanding and generative relationship to the automobile. Since its invention, the automobile has reshaped our landscape, extended our geographic horizons and radically altered our conception of space and time, influencing the practice of photographers worldwide.

The book shows how the car provided photographers with new subject matter and a new way of exploring the world. It brings together 500 works made by 100 historical and contemporary artists from around the world, including Robert Adams, Brassaï, Edward Burtynsky, Langdon Clay, John Divola, Robert Doisneau, William Eggleston, Elliott Erwitt, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Anthony Hernandez, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Joel Meyerowitz, Daido Moriyama, Catherine Opie, Martin Parr, Rosângela Rennó, Ed Ruscha, Hans-Christian Schink, Malick Sidibé, Stephen Shore and Henry Wessel.

Capturing formal qualities such as the geometric design of roadways or reflections in a rear view mirror, these photographers invite us to look at the world of the automobile in a new way. Autophoto also includes other projects, such as a series of car models that cast a fresh eye on the history of automobile design, created specifically for the Fondation Cartier show by French artist Alain Bublex, plus a comparative history of automobile design and photography, essays by scholars and quotes by participating artists."

Book of the Day Posted Jul 19, 2017

Book of the day > Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space

Book of the day > Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space by Connie Butler. Published by Prestel. “Bringing together five decades of painting, sculpture, and installations from the celebrated Italian artist Marisa Merz, this monograph accompanies a major US retrospective of her work. This generously illustrated book offers readers the chance to appreciate the full range of works by Marisa Merz, winner of the 2013 Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Biennale. This volume traces Merz’s artistic evolution from early experiments with non-traditional materials and processes, to intricately constructed installations of the 1970s and the enigmatic ceramic heads of the 1980s and ’90s. Authoritative essays explore the rise of international women’s art in the 1960s and ’70s and Merz’s own place in Italy’s postwar art history. As the sole female protagonist of Arte Povera she is one of the few Italian women to exhibit in major venues internationally. Merz’s challenging and evocative body of work is deeply personal and resistant to the categories of art history, including Arte Povera and international feminist art, with which she was associated. Previously unpublished texts and poetry by the artist, and an illustrated chronology, complement this comprehensive look at an enormously influential artist.”

Book of the Day Posted Jul 18, 2017

Book of the day > Peter Lindbergh & Garry Winogrand: Women

Book of the day > Peter Lindbergh & Garry Winogrand: Women. Published by König Books. "Women presents more than 60 works by two world-famous photographers: Peter Lindbergh and Garry Winogrand. A meditation on American street photography, it juxtaposes the classic black-and-white series Women Are Beautiful by New York photographer Garry Winogrand, first published in 1975, alongside On Street, partially unpublished black-and-white portraits of a model by German photographer and director Peter Lindbergh, which were taken on the streets of New York during a fashion shoot. A further highlight is a selection of very rare color photographs by Winogrand, shot in 1958–64. Short essays by Joel Meyerowitz on Winogrand, and by Ralph Goetz on Lindbergh, complete the volume." 

Book of the Day Posted Jul 11, 2017

Book of the day > Emmanuelle Andrianjafy: Nothing's in Vain

Book of the day > Emmanuelle Andrianjafy: Nothing's in Vain. Published by MACK. "In 2011, Malagasy photographer Emmanuelle Andrianjafy arrived in the port city of Dakar, situated on the westernmost African coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Nothing’s in Vain is Adrianjafy’s response to the experience of uprooting to the Senegalese capital, a city as vibrant as it is disorientating. Embracing the chaos of an unfamiliar world, she takes us on an exploratory journey through a metropolis in constant flux between construction and deconstruction. The sequence of images careens between street scenes, portraits, landscapes, and close-up details, recreating her fluctuating experience of the multiple faces of the city. Nothing’s in Vain is the winner of the MACK First Book Award 2017. The First Book Award 2017 is published with support from Wilson Centre for Photography, Kraszna-Krausz Foundation and optimal media."

Miscellany Posted Jul 07, 2017

July 4, 2017

"We, the People, recognize that we have responsibilities as well as rights; that our destinies are bound together; that a freedom which only asks what's in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense." Barack Obama, US President. "BANG" by Kerry James Marshall

Book of the Day Posted Jun 23, 2017

Book of the day > The Others by Derek Ridgers

Book of the day > The Others by Derek Ridgers. Published by IDEA Images from the London nightclub scene, 1980-1986 by perpetual Arcana favorite, Derek Ridgers.


Book of the Day Posted Jun 21, 2017

Book of the day > Masjid - Selected Mosques From The Islamic World

Book of the day > Masjid - Selected Mosques From The Islamic World. Published by Atsa Architects."Compiled by architect Azim A. Aziz, this anthology of mosques is a valuable resource for architects and cultural historians alike. With profiles of more than 100 mosques, from celebrated ancient structures like the Dome of the Rock and the Hagia Sophia, or architectural paragons like the Taj Mahal and the Great Mosque of Djenné in Mali, to lesser known and modern interpretations of the typology, a spectrum of buildings of all scales is covered. Besides a glossary of names and terms, the volume touches upon the principles of Islamic architecture, geometric patterns and calligraphy, and regional styles, and gives a selected history of the various empires of the world as well."

Book of the Day Posted Jun 20, 2017

Book of the day > Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973-1981

Book of the day > Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973-1981. Published by Aperture. Texts and image selections by Wes Anderson, Quentin Bajac, David Campany, Paul Graham, Guido Guidi, Takashi Homma, An-My Lê, Michael Lesy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Richard Prince, Francine Prose, Ed Ruscha, Britt Salvesen, Taryn Simon, Thomas Struth, Lynne Tillman. "Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places is indisputably a canonic body of work—a touchstone for those interested in photography and the American landscape. Remarkably, despite having been the focus of numerous shows and books, including the eponymous 1982 Aperture classic (expanded and reissued several times), this series of photographs has yet to be explored in its entirety. Over the past five years, Shore has scanned hundreds of negatives shot between 1973 and 1981. In this volume, Aperture has invited an international group of fifteen photographers, curators, authors, and cultural figures to select ten images apiece from this rarely seen cache of images. Each portfolio offers an idiosyncratic and revealing commentary on why this body of work continues to astound; how it has impacted the work of new generations of photography and the medium at large; and proposes new insight on Shore’s unique vision of America as transmuted in this totemic series." 


In the News Posted Jun 20, 2017

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"Since 1984, Arcana has been the place to go for new, rare and out-of-print books on 20th- and 21st-century photography, art, design, architecture, fashion, film and music. Arcana founders Lee and Whitney Kaplan worked with architecture firm Johnston Marklee to design this 4,500-square-foot space in Culver City’s historic Helms Bakery building. The bright, light-filled space is lined with tall black metal shelves, creating what Lee calls “a forest of books.” In addition to having 100,000 books to discover, Arcana hosts book signings and panel discussions, as well as a popular Book of the Day feature on its blog.

In May 2017, 99U included Arcana in its list of worldwide Best Design Bookstores."