Book of the Day Posted Sep 20, 2018

Book of the Day > Robert Venturi: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture

In Memory of Robert Venturi (1925-2018)

Book of the Day > Robert Venturi: Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture [SIGNED]. "First published in 1966, 'Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture' is the treatise printed as the first of "The Museum of Modern Art Papers on Architecture". Preceding "Learning from Las Vegas" by six years, it firmly solidified the then-forty year old Robert Venturi's place as one of the leading theoretical practitioners of the new wave of American architects. An exceptionally handsome example of the uncommon hardbound first edition bearing the BOLDLY SIGNED PRESENTATION "To Vaughan Cannon / from an admirer, / Bob Venturi / September 1968" in black ink on the front pastedown in a bright,white dust jacket showing a bit of brown spotting along the top edge of the textblock. The recipient, Vaughan Cannon Sr., was the longtime director of the Las Vegas office of the renowned Young Electric Sign Company - the firm responsible for designing and fabricating nearly all of the iconic neon hotel and casino signage from 'Vegas Vic' to 'Circus Circus' pictured in 'Learining From Las Vegas'. Foreword by Arthur Drexler. Introduction by Vincent Scully. New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 1966. First Edition. 8vo. Cloth in Printed Dust Jacket. Architecture Monograph. Near Fine/Fine. 224pp, profusely illustrated in color b&w. "- $1,500.


Book of the Day Posted Sep 19, 2018

Book of the Day > Mario Sorrenti: Kate [SIGNED EDITION]

Book of the Day > Mario Sorrenti: Kate [SIGNED EDITION]. Published by Phaidon Press. "This gorgeously produced book features intimate, never-before-published portraits of a young and undiscovered Kate Moss, taken in the early 1990s by her then-boyfriend, Italian photographer Mario Sorrenti. Seen by Calvin Klein, the photographs gave life to the famous Obsession campaign, which launched Moss to international superstardom.

Sumptuously reproduced in tritone and presented in a cloth-covered clamshell box, Kate is a stunning photographic portfolio of one of contemporary culture's most iconic figures. It includes tipped-on images on the book and clamshell box's covers, plus an introductory essay by Sorrenti, which puts the work in its uniquely personal context.

This book, which celebrates the dawn of two legendary careers, and the start of the highly influential aesthetic of 1990s fashion photography, is a must-have for Kate Moss's fans, for fashion devotees, and for lovers of traditional portraiture and fashion photography."

Book of the Day Posted Sep 18, 2018

Judith F. Baca

Book of the Day > Judith F. Baca. Published by UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. "Judith F. Baca is best known for the Great Wall of Los Angeles (1976–83), a vibrant 7,740-foot mural in Los Angeles that presents an alternative history of California—one that focuses on the contributions of marginalized and underrepresented communities. The mural is emblematic of Baca’s pioneering approach to creating public art, a process in which members of the community are essential contributors to the conception and realization of the work

Anna Indych-López explores Baca’s oeuvre, from early murals painted with local gang members in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles to more recently commissioned works. She looks in depth at the Great Wall and considers the artist’s ongoing work with the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California, a nonprofit group founded by Baca in 1976. Throughout, Indych-López assesses what she calls Baca’s “public art of contestation” and discusses how ideas of collaboration and authorship and issues of race, class, and gender have influenced and sustained Baca’s art practice."

Book of the Day Posted Sep 15, 2018

Book of the Day > Chris Burden: Street Lamps

Book of the Day > Chris Burden: Streetlamps. Published by Gagosian and Rizzoli. "Chris Burden: Streetlamps explores the artist’s work with antique streetlamps, which he began to amass in the early 2000s. Burden fully restored 202 streetlamps from the 1920s to create his renowned Urban Light, which was acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He realized four more major streetlamp sculptures in both public and private spaces, all of which are lavishly documented here from conception through installation."

Book of the Day Posted Sep 14, 2018

Book of the Day > Lee Miller and Surrealism in Britain

Book of the Day > LEE MILLER and Surrealism in Britain. Published by Lund Humphries. "Lee Miller (1907-1977) attracts enduring fascination – a female pioneer who is often presented as a singular figure. However, she was also integrated within a creative network of artists that helped change the course of art history in the twentieth century.

Miller moved to London in the late 1930s, just as a rich strand of Surrealist practice was burgeoning in Britain. Part of this artistic hub, she captured productive collisions between the artists who found themselves in Britain during the 1930s and 1940s through her photographs. Additionally, she exhibited alongside British Surrealists such as Eileen Agar and Henry Moore in often overlooked London exhibitions, while also dispersing Surrealist imagery into the worlds of fashion, commercial photography and journalism via her interdisciplinary photographic practice.

Presenting for the first time Lee Miller’s photographs of, and collaborations with, important Surrealist artists working in Britain (alongside their artworks),

this important book tells the story of an exciting cultural moment. Essential for all students and enthusiasts of Surrealism and those enthralled by the striking photography of Lee Miller, this book reveals the social and cultural networks in which she was embedded, offering a holistic view of her work and the life of the Surrealist movement in Britain."

Events Posted Sep 04, 2018

"A Guide to the Dirty South - Atlanta” at Helms Design Center

Join Jennifer Bonner (@jbonn90057 ), Director of MALL and THIS X THAT (@thisbythat ) on Thursday, September 6 for the LA book launch of “A Guide to the Dirty South - Atlanta” at Helms Design Center (8745 Washington Blvd). Presented in partnership with @HelmsBakeryDistrict We will be offering the book for sale at the event tomorrow (and in the shop after tomorrow).


“Drawing on the format of the urban guidebook, Jennifer Bonner’s A Guide to the Dirty South―Atlanta generates a new discourse about the architecture of the American South. By guiding readers on a tour of Atlanta, this project seeks to reclaim a regional identity for cities otherwise deemed to be a "backwoods" by the East and West Coasts. Borrowing from the hip hop industry and recognising the rivalry between the two coasts, A Guide to the Dirty South―Atlanta acknowledges that amidst the NYC-LA rivalry, the South had its own story to tell, and redirects our attention to a ‘third coast’.

 Steeped in geography, historical events, typology, storytelling, and popular culture, the guide takes idiosyncratic trajectories through the city that urge a long overdue reading of Dirty South regionalism through architecture. Part tour guide, part architectural manual, the publication also features oral histories through a set of interviews with prominent architects, theorists, chefs, community leaders, and hip hop artists, from architectural historian Mario Carpo to hip-hop group Goodie Mob.


Authored by Jennifer Bonner, director of architecture studio MALL, A Guide to the Dirty South―Atlanta takes the reader on a tour of “Rap City”, “Pop up Surface Lots”, “Architecture of Quarantine” and a “Geography of Smells”. Wittily designed, and featuring beautiful illustrations throughout, A Guide to the Dirty South―Atlanta is perfect for those new to the architectural delights of Atlanta and long-time fans alike."


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Events Posted Aug 27, 2018

CURATORIAL HUB ⚡️ EXHIBITION LAUNCH > Micah Hahn + Nicola Vruwink !

Please join us on Sunday, September 9th, 4:00 - 6:00 pm to launch the latest Curatorial Hub exhibition:




With a wink and a nod to the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties," artists Michah Hahn and Nicola Vruwink's installation at Arcana will explore hope, desire, longing, and relationships.


Presented with Bettina Hubby's  Curatorial Hub -- an online gallery featuring affordable and diverse work by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond. To complement its cyber-space-seat at, a exhibition series has launched at Arcana: Books on the Arts! The third show in the series will feature artists micah Hahn and Nicola Vruwink, with an opening reception on Sunday, September 9th from 4-6pm. 

These month long exhibitions at Arcana are cozy 2-person joints, curated in part by Curatorial Hub artists along with founder, Bettina Hubby. This partnership between Arcana and C⚡️H provides a space for artists to showcase their work, while also sparking conversation about the meaning of and the relationship between the physical and virtual worlds and how our lives now occupy both.


Events Posted Aug 21, 2018

Book Signing & Reading > Mirror Domme by Kate Parfet with Autre Magazine

Please join us this Sunday (8/26), 4:30-6:30, for an intimate poetry reading and signing with Kate Parfet and Autre Magazine! Parfet’s collection of prose follows the sudden death of a lover that illumines for the speaker a new self, one that dares to be visible in the context of loss. The reading will be followed by a short Q&A and accompanied by refreshing libations courtesy of the wonderful Yola Mezcal and Gia Coppola Mood Wine!

Events Posted Aug 18, 2018

innen Pop Up Signings!

This Saturday + Sunday

August 18th + 19th - 1:00 - 7:00 PM

innen Pop Up Shop with FIRST EDITION

at Arcana: Books on the Arts, Culver City


Saturday Events:

1:00 PM - Zine signings with Jerry Hsu, Cali Thornhill Dewitt, Patrick O'Dell, and Christine Forrer

4:00 - 7:00 PM Zine signing with Francesca Gabbiani

Music by Secret Circuit




8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232    310-458-1499

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Book of the Day Posted Aug 09, 2018

Book of the day > Lorenzo Vitturi: Money Must Be Made

Book of the day > Lorenzo Vitturi: Money Must Be Made. Published by @selfpublishbehappy . Published in 2017 (see Dario's staff pick for 2017 holidays!) but we're excited that  this and @selfpublishbehappy 's other excellent publications are now distributed in the U.S. by @artbook !. "Money Must Be Made, London-based Italian photographer Lorenzo Vitturi's (born 1980) highly anticipated second photobook, takes us to the heart of the Balogun Market in Lagos, Nigeria. The many streets that host the Balogun market sprawl under the shadow of the Financial Trust House. For a long time this building was the tallest on the island, housing western corporations and banks in its heyday; today it is unoccupied, while the market has swallowed up the area. Returning to Lagos over many trips, Vitturi immersed himself in the market's life, photographing the products, shoppers and vendors. Most of the items on sale were imported from China, and Vitturi notes China's economic hold on Africa. Sending materials back to his London studio, he worked to layer painting, fabrics and objects into collages and sculptures that mimicked the arrangements he encountered in the market. Money Must Be Made is a love letter from Vitturi to Lagos, its spirit and its people."