Book of the Day Posted Apr 25, 2017

Book of the day > Irving Penn: Centennial

Book of the day > Irving Penn: Centennial. Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Irving Penn was among the most esteemed and influential photographers of the twentieth century. This indispensable book features one of the largest selections of Penn's photographs ever compiled—nearly 300 in all—including famous and beloved images as well as works that have never been published. Celebrating the centennial of Penn's birth, this volume spans the entirety of his nearly 70-year career.

Lively essays acquaint readers with Penn's primary subjects and campaigns, including early documentary scenes and imagery; portraits of cultural figures and celebrities; fashion; female nudes; peoples of Peru, Dahomey (Benin), New Guinea, and Morocco; and still lifes. Rounding out the book are discussions of Penn's advertising pictures and his painstaking printing processes, as well as an illustrated chronology. Irving Penn: Centennial is essential for any fan of this artists work or of the history of twentieth-century photography.”
 

Events Posted Apr 22, 2017

Book Signing & Slideshow, 4/29, 400-6:00 > TABITHA SOREN: FANTASY LIFE!

Please Join Us Saturday, April 29th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM for a Book Signing and Presentation with

TABITHA SOREN: FANTASY LIFE 
BASEBALL AND THE AMERICAN DREAM


In 2002, Tabitha Soren first began photographing a group of twenty-one minor league draft picks for the Oakland A’s - young men coming into the major league farm system straight from high school or college. For the past fifteen years, she has followed these players through their baseball lives spending time on farm teams waiting to get called up to The Show, with frequent trades, big breaks, broken hearts, day jobs, long bus trips, injuries, waiting around, calling plays from the dugout, gum and tobacco chewing, praying, bonding, and aging. It turns out, getting drafted isn’t the same as making the team, making the team isn’t the same as playing, playing isn’t the same thing as a star turn or a star’s paycheck, and getting paid isn’t the same as having a secure future for when you retire in your early thirties. This project examines meritocracy’s myths and the precariousness of a person’s fate when it hangs by the thread of perpetual self-perfection. In Fantasy Life’s case, it is professional baseball players who are in that position. But that feeling is not limited to athletes in America. The United States is a striving culture unlike any other. Some of the subjects, like Nick Swisher and Joe Blanton, have gone on to become well-known, respected players at the highest level of the game. Some left baseball to pursue other lines of work such as selling insurance, and coal mining. Others have struggled with poverty and even homelessness.

Fantasy Life portrays a selection of these decade-plus stories, gathering together a richly textured series of photographs taken on the field and behind the scenes at games, along with commentaries by each of the players and memorabilia from their lives from kindergarten-age baseball cards to x-rays of career injuries. It includes a five part short story by noted author Dave Eggers about a fictional minor leaguer that compellingly condenses the roller-coaster ride of the farm team everyman, from youthful pursuit of stardom through the slog of endless hardscrabble games, to that moment of realization that success may not be just around the corner after all. Additionally, ten players from the project have contributed essays for the book about their experiences with success and failure - and how they had to piece together a new identity after their professional sports careers. 
 
Many will recall Soren from her stint as an on-camera MTV News journalist in the nineties. Since then, she has been quietly reinventing herself as an inventive fine-art photographer whose work is represented in the public collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Oakland Museum of California, Transformer Station in Cleveland, and Pier 24 Photography in San Francisco.

Please join us Saturday, April 29th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Ms. Soren's thought-provoking new Aperture monograph. If you are unable to attend but would like a signed copy of Fantasy Life, please place an order on our website here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

 

 

Book of the Day Posted Apr 22, 2017

Book of the (Earth) Day > Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant

Book of the Earth Day > Overview: A New Perspective of Earth by Benjamin Grant. Published by Amphoto Books. "A stunning and unique collection of satellite images of Earth that offer an unexpected look at humanity. Inspired by the 'Overview Effect'--a sensation that astronauts experience when given the opportunity to look down and view the Earth as a whole--the breathtaking, high definition satellite photographs in OVERVIEW offer a new way to look at the landscape that we have shaped. More than 200 images of industry, agriculture, architecture, and nature highlight incredible patterns while also revealing a deeper story about human impact. This extraordinary photographic journey around our planet captures the sense of wonder gained from a new, aerial vantage point and creates a perspective of Earth as it has never been seen before."

Events Posted Apr 16, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ARCANA!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ARCANA!

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Saturday, April 29th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
TABITHA SOREN: FANTASY LIFE

Saturday, May 6th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
JOE GOODE: PAINTINGS 1960-2016

 

Saturday, May 14th,  4:00 to 6:00 PM

MY BRITISH INVASION by HAROLD BRONSON

Tuesday, May 16th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
WHERE BARTENDERS DRINK
BOOK SIGNING, PANEL DISCUSSION + COCKTAILS

AS PART OF THE LA TIMES "FOOD BOWL"

Sunday, June 4th, Details T.B.D.
JULIA SHERMAN: SALAD FOR PRESIDENT -
A COOKBOOK INSPIRED BY ARTISTS


Saturday, June 10th, 4:00 to 6:00
QUEER THREADS: CRAFTING IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY
with author John Chaich


Saturday, June 10th, 12:00 to 6:00 PM
THIS MODERN LIFE - DESIGN FIELD DAY AT HELMS


Sunday June 18th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
DAN HICKS: I SCARE MYSELF - A MEMOIR
BOOK SIGNING AND PANEL
MODERATED BY KRISTINE McKENNA
 

with VAN DYKE PARKS, MARIA MULDAUR, JIM KWESKIN, 
AND HOT LICKS GUITARIST PAUL ROBINSON!

Saturday, June 24th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
BARRY AND BARBARA SHAFFER: ECHOES OF BHUTAN

Book of the Day Posted Apr 14, 2017

Book of the day > François Halard Polaroids

Book of the day > François Halard Polaroids. Published by The Name Books. “A fine selection of glamourous photographs from three decades.” 

 

Book of the Day Posted Apr 12, 2017

Book of the day > Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents, 1967

Book of the day > Arbus, Friedlander, Winogrand: New Documents, 1967. Published by MoMA. "In 1967, The Museum of Modern Art presented New Documents, a landmark exhibition organized by John Szarkowski that brought together a selection of works by three photographers whose individual achievements signaled the artistic potential for the medium in the 1960s and beyond: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand. Though largely unknown at the time, these three photographers are now universally acknowledged as artists of singular talent within the history of photography. The exhibition articulated a profound shift in the landscape of 20th-century photography, and interest in the exhibition has only continued to expand. Yet, until now, there has been no publication that captures its content. Published in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the exhibition, Arbus Friedlander Winogrand features full-page reproductions of the 94 photographs included in the exhibition, along with Szarkowski’s original wall text, press release, installation views and an abundance of archival material. Essays by curator Sarah Hermanson Meister and critic Max Kozloff, who originally reviewed the exhibition for The Nation in 1967, critically situate the exhibition and its reception, and examine its lasting influence on the field of photography."

Events Posted Apr 11, 2017

Book Signing 4/15 at Arcana > Lenard Smith: A Sort of Looking

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A BOOK SIGNING
LENARD SMITH: A SORT OF LOOKING
SATURDAY, APRIL 15th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

 

A Sort Of Looking is Los Angeles-based photographer Lenard Smith's first major publication. In it, he presents a selection of seductive images from the past five years of work that draw lines connecting the artist’s hand and chance. The formal compositions of his still lifes bring attention to the banal object form; tissue paper, flower, and in between the exploration of sculptural arrangements. Smith’s portrait work commands attention - bringing the viewer up close up to his subjects - whether they are photographed in the studio or quickly on the streets. These powerful portraits act as a metronome throughout the entire book, grounding the audience. The title reveals the artist’s engagement with institutional critique, and plays with the discourse that is commonly used in art conversations. A Sort of Looking is in fact Lenard Smith’s own looking, and not a “sort of”, but exactly how he is able to view the world in front of his lens just as he sees it.


Please join us Saturday, April 15th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM as we welcome our friend Lenard to celebrate this lovely new limited edition, nearly-sold-out survey of recent work. If you are unable to attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of A Sort of Looking, please place your order on our website here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted Apr 11, 2017

Book Signing & Panel > Where Bartenders Drink -- May 16th, 6-8!


Join Adrienne Stillman, author of Where Bartenders Drink (published by Phaidon) for a conversation about LA's dynamic drinking scene, and what truly makes a great bar. Following the conversation, attendees can sip cocktails courtesey of Collectif 1806  mixed by Nathan Burdette and purchase a personalized copy of Stillman's new insider's guide to 700 of the world's best drinking destinations. Joined by Ms. Stillman will be a panel of the city's best bartenders and cocktail experts:
 

* Georgette Moger-Petraske, author of Regarding Cocktails

* Prairie Rose (Bit By a Fox blogger)

* Beau Du Bois of the Corner Door

* Alex Day of Proprietors LLC

* Trevor Easter of the Normandie Club/Walker Inn

 

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WHEN
May 16, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
 
WHERE
​Arcana: Books on the Arts - 8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
 
COST
FREE with RSVP  - click here!

 
 
Can't make it but want a signed copy of Where Bartenders Drink?
Click here!
 

 

 

 

 

Book of the Day Posted Apr 07, 2017

Book of the day > Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern

Book of the day > Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern by Wanda M. Corn. Published by Brooklyn Museum, Delmonico Books | Prestel. “This book explores how Georgia O’Keeffe lived her life steeped in modernism, bringing the same style she developed in her art to her dress, her homes, and her lifestyle. Richly illustrated with images of her art and views of the two homes she designed and furnished in New Mexico, the book also includes never before published photographs of O’Keeffe’s clothes. The author has attributed some of the most exquisite of these garments to O’Keeffe, a skilled seamstress who understood fabric and design, and who has become an icon in today’s fashion world as much for her personal style as for her art. As one of her friends stated, O’Keeffe “never allowed her life to be one thing and her painting another.” This fresh and carefully researched study brings O’Keeffe’s style to life, illuminating how this beloved American artist purposefully proclaimed her modernity in the way she dressed and posed for photographers, from Alfred Stieglitz to Bruce Weber. This beautiful book accompanies the first museum exhibition to bring together photographs, clothes, and art to explore O’Keeffe’s unified modernist aesthetic.”

Book of the Day Posted Apr 06, 2017

Book of the day > Rules For Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals

Book of the day > Rules For Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky. First Edition, 1971. Published by Random House. “In this book Saul Alinksy, America’s most famous community organizer, tells the Have-Nots how they can organize to achieve real political power for the practice of true democracy. Machiavelli told the Haves how to maintain themselves in power – this books tells the Have-Nots how to take that power away. Alinsky’s hard-headed tactical advice provides an alternative not only to the powerlessness that threatens our democracy, but to the random violence and bitter alienation by which so much radical energy is wasted.” Same as it ever was…

 

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