Book of the Day Posted Mar 15, 2018

Book of the day > Rineke Dijkstra: WO MEN. Hasselblad Award 2017

Book of the day > Rineke Dijkstra: WO MEN. Hasselblad Award 2017. Published by Walther König, Köln. "This large-format volume, designed by Irma Boom in close collaboration with Rineke Dijkstra, focuses on the female figure in the photographer's work―women and girls who have stopped somewhere (in a park, a beach, at a party), whom she captures in such a way that they appear present to an astonishing degree. Spanning three decades of work, the book unites images from her classic series, including both photo- and video portraits, and extracts them from chronological order to suggest fresh ways of looking at her work. The book is published for Dijkstra's 2017 Hasselblad Award, for which occasion the Hasselblad Foundation described her images as "recalling the visual acuity of 17th-century Dutch portraiture." Essays discuss Dijkstra's gift for communicating an empathy with her subjects, and the logic of her image layouts in book form."


Events Posted Mar 14, 2018


GO! THIS WEEKEND!: The Los Angeles 'Zine and Art Book Bazaar.  It's a grassroots, local, and independent event; "an experiment with fellow artists in the  community. It's about taking a bunch of interesting beautiful things, merging them together for a weekend, and sharing that experience with the public." Called a "weirder, more radical alternative" to the Printed Matter Art Book Fair (which is on hiatus this year), we encourage you to go forth and revel in the home-grown fun. You can find details at





Book of the Day Posted Mar 08, 2018

Book of the day > Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

Book of the day > Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! Published by City Lights/Sister Spit.  "Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet—but instead of "A is for Apple", A is for Angela—as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.


And the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds.


American history was made by countless rad—and often radical—women. By offering a fresh and diverse array of female role models, we can remind readers that there are many places to find inspiration, and that being smart and strong and brave is rad."


Book of the Day Posted Mar 07, 2018

Book of the day > Ellen Gallagher: Accidental Records

Book of the day > Ellen Gallagher: Accidental Records. Published by Hauser & Wirth. "Accidental Records includes new paintings and drawings by Ellen Gallagher (born 1965) that continue her exploration of the complex histories of the Black Atlantic and the afterlives of the Middle Passage. Widely associated with a resurgence in this diasporic critical space, Gallagher has developed her own genre of history painting which makes us question our geographies. The slowly layered surfaces of her work become a kind of reckoning, the way sailors mark their locations at sea, determined to return. Alongside views of Gallagher’s artworks and portraits of the artist working in her studio, texts are included by Adrienne Edwards, curator at Performa and the Walker Art Center, and Philip Hoare, a writer whose books include Leviathan or, The Whale and The Sea Inside. The book accompanies Gallagher’s solo show at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles."


Book of the Day Posted Mar 06, 2018

Book of the day > #girlgaze: How Girls See the World

Book of the day > #girlgaze: How Girls See the World. Published by Rizzoli.  "#girlgaze is on a mission to close the gender gap by creating visibility and tangible jobs for girls behind the lens and this timely book, from photographer and media entrepreneur Amanda de Cadenet's visionary focus, features a beautiful and powerful collection of images capturing how young women perceive the world. This inspiring must-have for feminists and creatives alike showcases the work of a diverse collective of female-identifying photographers mixing candid and formal photos of females living their lives: moments of significance caught in a fraction of a second at home, on the streets, remote countrysides, and in war-torn countries. Spirited, elegant, and inspiring, #girlgaze promotes and highlights the work of Gen Z female photographers from all walks of life and is a stunningly beautiful representation of the female gaze."


Events Posted Mar 06, 2018


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Book signing at Arcana - Sunday, April 15th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Book signing at Arcana - Saturday, April 21st, 4:00 - 6:00 PM 

Architecture + Design Film Festival day at Helms
On Saturday, March 10th, from 10:00 AM  to 7:00 PM, the Helms Bakery District will host a day of free screenings of over twenty-four short films as a part of the Architecture + Design Film Festival. Pop into any of the six participating showrooms on the walk - Arcana, Harbour Outdoor, H.D. Buttercup, Room & Board, Scandinavian Designs, and Vitra - to view a unique program of curated films. These will be shown on a loop and play throughout the day, allowing guests an opportunity to see two dozen dozen of these short works. The SFW:LA will conclude with the screening of the feature length film Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres, followed by a conversation with Frances Anderton, host of KCRW’s Design and Architecture, along with special guests.

Pasta Sisters
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of our newest neighbor at Helms: the divine PASTA SISTERS is opening on Sunday!!!
Book Fairs
With the cancellation of this year's Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair, a slew of like-minded presentations featuring small publishers, zines, and artists are popping up. We strongly encourage you to attend and support these community events and will let you know about the others soon, but first up on the calendar is:
March 16th, 17th, 18th
Museum As Retail Space
649 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA 90023




In the News Posted Mar 05, 2018

Kneeland Co Voyages Podcast

If you ever thought Arcana boss Lee Kaplan was inscrutable, now’s your chance to have your mind changed. In the debut episode of her new podcast Voyages, client / collector / aesthete / textile consultant / traveler Joanna Williams (of - @jleighwms ) talks to Lee about the Arcana origin story and hears about how his love and reverence for the books he sells sometimes results in grumpy yelp reviews from badly behaved guests. Thank you, Joanna, for giving Lee this opportunity! You can listen to the episode at and subscribe to the Voyages podcast on itunes!

Book of the Day Posted Mar 01, 2018

Book of the day > Basquiat: Boom For Real

Book of the day > Basquiat: Boom For Real. Published by Prestel. "Focusing on Jean-Michel Basquiat’s extraordinary breadth of influences, from graffiti to bebop jazz to Hollywood cinema, this exciting new survey charts his ground-breaking career. Basquiat first came to prominence when he collaborated with Al Diaz to spray-paint enigmatic statements under the pseudonym SAMO©. He went on to work on collages, Xerox art, postcards, performances, and music before establishing his reputation as one of the most important painters of his generation. Accompanying a major exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, this book opens with introductory essays from the curators, which place his practice in a wider art historical context and look at his career through the lens of performance. Six thematic chapters offer new research, with essays from poet Christian Campbell on SAMO©; curator Carlo McCormick on New York / New Wave; writer Glenn O’Brien on the downtown scene; academic Jordana Moore Saggese on Basquiat’s relationship to film and television; and music scholar Francesco Martinelli on Basquiat’s obsession with jazz. This insightful new survey also features extended captions, rare archival material, and extensive photography, demonstrating how Basquiat’s legacy remains more powerful and relevant than ever today."




Events Posted Feb 28, 2018

This Saturday, March 3rd, 4:00 - 6:00pm > Eames Demetrios: Kcymaerxthaere!


Join artist and writer Eames Demetrios for an intimate storytelling experience and exclusive first book signing in honor of his most recent book Kcymaerxthaere: The Story so Far...(Folio 1) at Arcana!

This Folio shares and highlights the Kcymaerxthaere stories that exist so far with an intimate experience through imagery, text, artwork and global community that makes the project possible. 

For over the past decade, artist Eames Demetrios has been traveling our linear world installing markers and historic sites that honor events from a parallel world he calls Kcymaerxthaere.  This global project is a vast, interwoven work of 3-dimensional fiction–like a novel with every page in a different place.  Even where one reads such a page influences how one visualizes that particular story.  Kcymaerxthaere also connects communities through shared interpretations of the stories in drawings, weavings and other crafts. Currently, there are 133 markers and historic sites installed in 27 countries on 6 continents.  When Demetrios is not found as the Geographer-at-Large he is found exploring film, art and preserving the design legacy of Charles and Ray Eames as Director of the Eames Office.  He currently continues his exploration of the parallel world in the hope to inspire people to see the world fresh–to see new possibilities in the world around them.  

Book of the Day Posted Feb 27, 2018

Book of the day > Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.

Book of the day > Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today. Published by Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. " In the history of American art, the contributions of African American artists to the development of abstraction have been largely overlooked. Magnetic Fields aims to change this perspective by focusing on nonrepresentational work by women artists of color, presenting a more complete presentation of American abstraction than has previously been offered. Intergenerational in scope, Magnetic Fields includes more than 20 artists born between 1891 and 1981, among them Lilian Thomas Burwell, Mildred Thompson, Candida Alvarez, Betty Blayton, Nanette Carter, Brenna Youngblood and Jennie C. Jones."