Book of the Day Posted Dec 18, 2017

JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME - HERE ARE ALL THE ARCANA HOLIDAY STAFF PICKS FIT TO PRINT!

THE 2017 ARCANA STAFF PICKS ARE (VERY BELATEDLY) HERE!!!

 

Well, we've been so very busy these past two weeks with events, book signings, exhibitions, assembling client libraries, and the normal gift-giving chaos that we've been very, very naughty in not posting our Staff Holiday Gift Picks until just now... That noted, check out these available gems so that you won't in turn receive a lump of coal in your stocking for not having gifted any of these to your loved-ones, friends, and workmates.

 

We'll be open this Monday December 18th from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM along with every day through the 24th for your shopping convenience. Or, call one of our friendly, award-winning gift counselors at 310-458-1499 to spread the Holiday cheer. Quantities of many of these titles are limited, and certain to sell out quickly, so don't delay - place your order today!!!

Events Posted Dec 13, 2017

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17th BETWEEN 4:00 AND 6:00 PM FOR A ROCK 'N' ROLL SLIDE SHOW, CONVERSATION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH ALEC BYRNE FOR LONDON ROCK - THE UNSEEN ARCHIVE!

Photographer Alec Byrne covered the British rock and roll scene from the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s - the height of the rock revolution. Legendary performers such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds, Bob Marley, T. Rex, The Doors, The Faces, The Hollies, and David Bowie passed through Swinging London and provided provocative fodder for the prolific young lensman. Byrne’s resulting archive of rock-and-roll photos disappeared out of sight and into storage for close to four decades before being reintroduced to the world in late 2012 with an acclaimed one-night show in Los Angeles attended by more than one thousand people. Since then, the work has been featured during the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and acquired by London's National Portrait Gallery. Through rare live performance images, intimate portraits, and candid captures of the scene, Alec Byrne: The Unseen Archive – the photographer’s first feature-length book - brings the era into stunning focus, painting an evocative picture of an inimitable time and place.

Join us this Sunday, December 17th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM for a very special discussion between Alec Byrne and Grammy award-winning art director, designer, and artist Hugh Brown followed by a book signing, and perhaps some well-timed gift shopping. In addition to the spectacular boxed  Insight EditionsLondon Rock - The Unseen Archive, we will have copies to offer of the special überEditions "Signature Editions" - each limited to twenty-five copies only with one of five matted silver gelatin photographic prints of Byrne's iconic images of the halcyon days of Rock. If you cannot attend but would like to buy a book or lithograph SIGNED by photographer Alec Byrne, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted Dec 13, 2017

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16th FOR A CONVERSATION AND BOOK SIGNING WITH MANFRED HEITING, GLORIA KATZ, AND WILLARD HUYCK FOR THEIR TWO NEW PUBLICATIONS!

VIEWS OF JAPAN FROM THE GLORIA KATZ & WILLARD HUYCK COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS: Most collectors have their own unique attractions and approaches to the objects of their collecting. This exquisitely produced volume features the adventures of Gloria Katz and Willard Huyck - two renowned filmmakers who began collecting Japanese photography more than a decade ago - whose ongoing hunt seems indeed like a Hollywood movie. A memoir about their love of Japanese photography and their experiences collecting it, Views of Japan makes available a selection of rare masterpieces from their extensive collection along with a personal “script” recounting how they scouted, debated, selected, and ultimately acquired many of the works. This was no small undertaking considering the rarity of some of the images, particularly those taken before the 1970s. Since 2002, they have assembled an encyclopedic collection of images from the 19th Century to the present, including key works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Hiroshi Hamaya, Eikoh Hosoe, Miyako Ishiuchi, Kikuji Kawada, Daido Moriyama, Ikko Narahara, Issei Suda, Shomei Tomatsu, and Shoji Ueda.

Their collection was shaped into Views of Japan by photographic historian Manfred Heiting, the designer and editor of extensive surveys of German, Soviet, and Japanese photobooks. The resulting volume is a distinctly personal presentation of one of the greatest private holdings of Japanese photography in the world, and an accessible look at a practice long ignored by Western histories.

 

THE JAPANESE PHOTOBOOK 1912-1990Edited by Manfred Heiting - who has also designed and edited extensive surveys of German and Soviet photobooks, “The Japanese Photobook 1912-1990” illustrates the development of photography in twentieth Century as seen in the photo publications of Japan. Documenting successively the early Modernist influences of European and American Pictorialism, the German Bauhaus and Imperial military propaganda, to the complete collapse and destruction of the country in 1945, it then records a new beginning with the unique self-determination of a young generation of Post-War photographers and visual artists highlighted by the “Provoke” style, as well as protest and war documentation of the late 1950s to the early ’70s - the signature "Japanese photobook" - as we have come to know it.

This massive, authoritative, and highly visual undertaking presents an essay by Ryuichi Kaneko - the leading historian of Japanese photobooks, contributions from Heiting, Fujimura Satomi, Duncan Forbes, Mitsuda Yuri, Iizawa Kotaro, Shirayama Mari, and Matthew S. Witkovsky, and detailed information and illustrations of over four hundred photographically-illustrated publications. It is the most extensive English-language survey of Japanese photobooks of this period, and a crucial step in making the history of Japanese photography – long-neglected by the Western canon - accessible to the English-speaking world.
 

Join us this coming Saturday, December 16th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to participate in a discussion with Ms. Katz and Messrs. Huck and Heiting to celebrate their two significant new books from Steidl and say "kampai" to their authors. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of either - or both - of the titles being offered, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted Dec 07, 2017

PHOTOBOOK BONANZA THIS SATURDAY

JOIN US THIS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9th  FOR A
MEGA PHOTOBOOK AFTERNOON
WITH MACK AND MORE!!!


3:00 to 5:00 PM 
ED + DEANNA TEMPLETON: CONTEMPORARY SUBURBIUM
Signing their new Nazraeli Press collaboration!

3:00 to 5:00 PM 
MIKE SLACK: THE TRANSVERSE PATH and
TIM CARPENTER: LOCAL OBJECTS
Signing their two new The Ice Plant books!
 
5:00 to 7:00 PM  
SAM CONTIS IN DISCUSSION WITH KATE WOLF
+ BOOK SIGNING FOR THE MACK PUBLICATION OF DEEP SPRINGS

5:00 to 7:00 PM  
MACK MARATHON BOOK SIGNING WITH THOMAS DEMAND,
ANTHONY HERNANDEZFUMI ISHINO, AND MARK RUWEDEL

 

Please join us this Saturday, December 9th between 3:00 and 7:00 PM for a very special afternoon celebrating some of the year's best photobooks with signings and discussion as a part of our month-long collaboration with one of the world's finest photobook publishers, MACK. An exhibition featuring highlights from their stellar program continues through December 24th.  If you cannot attend but would like to buy a single SIGNED copy of any of the titles being offered, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

PLEASE NOTE: Out of respect for our guests of honor, co-hosts, and attendees, the artists will only be signing books that have been purchased from Arcana on the day of the event or as pre-orders. Sales will be limited to one copy of each title per person. If you have any questions about these policies, please contact us in advance. 
 

 

Events Posted Dec 04, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ARCANA AUTUMN 2017!

Saturday, December 9th
M E G A  P H O T O B O O K  S A T U R D A Y
WITH  M A C K + MORE!

3:00 to 5:00 PM 
ED + DEANNA TEMPLETON: CONTEMPORARY SUBURBIUM
Signing their new Nazraeli Press collaboration!

3:00 to 5:00 PM 
MIKE SLACK: THE TRANSVERSE PATH and
TIM CARPENTER: LOCAL OBJECTS
Signing their two new The Ice Plant books!
 
5:00 to 7:00 PM  
SAM CONTIS DISCUSSION WITH KATE WOLF
+ BOOK SIGNING
 FOR THE MACK PUBLICATION OF 
DEEP SPRINGS


5:00 to 7:00 PM  
MACK BOOK SIGNING WITH THOMAS DEMAND,
ANTHONY HERNANDEZ, FUMI ISHINO, AND MARK RUWEDEL


Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
VIEWS OF JAPAN + THE JAPANESE PHOTO BOOK
Book Signing and Discussion with authors Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck,
and Manfred Heiting


Sunday, December 17th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

ALEC BYRNE: LONDON ROCK - THE UNSEEN ARCHIVE
Book Signing, Rock ’n’ Roll slide show, plus a
conversation between photographer Alec Byrne and
Grammy Award-winning designer Hugh Brown

 

Events Posted Nov 28, 2017

Alec Soth Book Signing + Discussion, Sunday 12/3

Please join us on Sunday, December 3rd (4:00 - 6:00 PM) for a book signing and discussion with Alec Soth and Kate Albers. We're continuing our celebration of all things MACK with this special event for the new MACK edition of Sleeping With The Mississippi. 

 

Alec Soth's Sleeping by the Mississippi is one of the defining publications in the photobook era. First published in 2004, Soth’s first book sold through three editions and established him as one of the leading lights of contemporary photographic practice. Now, having been out of print for the better part of a decade, MACK has produced a lovely new edition to coincide with the first London exhibition dedicated to the series at Beetles+Huxley gallery that restores the book's original cover and reproduces two new photographs not included in the previous versions of the book.

Evolving from a series of road trips along the Mississippi River, Sleeping by the Mississippi captures America’s iconic yet oft-neglected ‘third coast’. Soth’s richly descriptive, large-format color photographs present an eclectic mix of individuals, landscapes, and interiors. Sensuous in detail and raw in subject, Sleeping by the Mississippi elicits a consistent mood of loneliness, longing, and reverie. "In the book’s forty-six ruthlessly edited pictures", writes Anne Wilkes Tucker in her essay included in the original publication book, "Soth alludes to illness, procreation, race, crime, learning, art, music, death, religion, redemption, politics, and cheap sex."

Like Robert Frank’s classic The AmericansSleeping by the Mississippi merges a documentary style with poetic sensibility. The Mississippi is less the subject of the book than its organizing structure. Not bound by a rigid concept or ideology, the series is created out of a quintessentially American spirit of wanderlust. Thirteen years since the book was first published, the artist’s lyrical view has undoubtedly acquired a nuanced significance – one in which hope, fear, desire and regret coalesce in the evocative journey along this mythic river.

Please join us this Sunday, December 3rd between 4:00 and 6:00 PM for a very special discussion between Alec Soth and photographic historian Kate Albers followed by a book signing as part of Arcana's exhibition of books, prints, and special editions spanning the history of MACK publishing house. In addition to "Sleeping by the Mississippi",  "Songbook", and "Gathered Leaves", we will have virtually the entire MACK back-catalogue available for sale along with a few of Mr. Soth's rare, earlier titles. MACK has produced a lovely little catalogue limited to one hundred copies specially for the event that will be included on a first come, first served basis - one per customer - with each purchase of one hundred dollars! Also, a stylish "Ravens" black canvas book bag will accompany each copy of the lovely new reissue of Masahisa Fukase's photobook classic. Guests in attendance will be photographers Thomas Demand, Anthony Hernandez, Torbjørn Rødland, Fumi Ishino, and more. This MACKstravaganza will continue through December 24th with additional book signings, discussions, and special events. See you later today to kick off the Holiday shopping season, and stay tuned for forthcoming event details! If you cannot attend but covet something from the MACK universe, please write, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

PLEASE NOTE: We're anticipating a robust turnout Sunday, so early arrival to insure seating is encouraged. Out of respect for our guest of honor, co-hosts, and attendees, Mr. Soth will only be signing books that have been purchased from Arcana on the day of the event or as pre-orders. Sales will be limited to one copy of each Alec Soth title per person. If you have any questions about these policies, please contact us in advance. 

Events Posted Nov 25, 2017

MACK ATTACK

We're launching our beautiful MACK exhibition today between 4 and 6 at the bookstore. 

 

Please join us as we raise a glass to welcome publisher Michael Mack and celebrate Small Business Saturday with the launch of a very special exhibition of books, prints, and special editions spanning the history of his eminent London-based publishing house. Virtually the entire MACK catalogue will be for sale, including special editions with prints, rare volumes from the archives, and hot-off-the-press-titles. MACK has produced a lovely little catalogue limited to one hundred copies specially for the event that will be included on a first come, first served basis - one per customer - with each purchase of one hundred dollars! Also, a stylish "Ravens" black canvas book bag will accompany each copy of the lovely new reissue of Masahisa Fukase's photobook classic. Guests in attendance will be photographers Thomas Demand, Anthony Hernandez, Torbjørn Rødland, Fumi Ishino, and more. This MACKstravaganza will continue through December 24th with additional book signings, discussions, and special events. See you later today to kick off the Holiday shopping season, and stay tuned for forthcoming event details! If you cannot attend but covet something from the MACK universe (see the list of treasures below), please write, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Gathered Leaves - Alec Soth

 

Gathered Leaves Postcards - Alec Soth

 

Sleeping by the Mississippi - Alec Soth

 

Sleeping by the Mississippi Special Edition - Alec Soth

 

Songbook - Alec Soth

 

Photography Against the Grain - Allan Sekula

 

Corbeau - Anne Golaz

 

Mrs Merryman's…(First Book Award) - Anne Sophie Merryman

 

Forever - Anthony Hernandez

 

Rodeo Drive - Anthony Hernandez

 

Collotype Portfolio - Benrido

 

Beyond Maps and Atlases - Bertien van Manen

 

Easter and Oak - Bertien van Manen

 

I Will Be Wolf - Bertien van Manen

 

Let’s Sit Down - Bertien van Manen

 

Let’s Sit Down Special Edition - Bertien van Manen

 

Moonshine - Bertien van Manen

 

Holy Bible, 2nd edition - Broomberg + Chanarin

 

Gasoline - Campany, David

 

The Flying Carpet - Cesare Fabbri

 

Redheaded Peckerwood - Christian Patterson

 

I went to the worst of bars… (First Book Award) - Ciaran Og Arnold

 

Girl Plays With Snake - Clare Strand

 

8 Women - Collier Schorr

 

Blumen - Collier Schorr

 

Jens F - Collier Schorr

 

Neighbors - Collier Schorr

 

There I was - Collier Schorr

 

A Handful of Dust - David Campany

 

Nothing's in Vain (First Book Award) - Emmanuelle Andrianjafy

 

Pandora's camera - Joan Fontcuberta

 

Rowing a Tetrapod - Fumikazu Ishino

 

For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Your Life - Julian Germain

 

ZZYZX Special Edition - Beach - Gregory Halpern

 

ZZYZX second printing - Gregory Halpern

 

Preganziol - Guido Guidi

 

Veramente - Guido Guidi

 

NYPLT unique edition - Jason Evans

 

Nature of Photography - Joan Fontcuberta

 

Imitation of Christ - Jones, William E

 

For Every Minute Special Edition - Julian Germain

 

Unnamed Road - Jungjin Lee

 

The Last Cosmology (trade) - Kawada, Kikuji

 

The Home Front - Ken Graves

 

A Glass Darkly - Kevin Lear

 

The Last Cosmology Special Edition - Kikuji Kawada

 

Nothing but Clouds - Kristina Jurotschkin

 

Pictures from Home - Larry Sultan

 

Kodachrome Reprint - Luigi Ghirri

 

Luigi Ghirri Postcard Set - Luigi Ghirri

 

The Complete Essays 1973–1991 - Luigi Ghirri

 

Do You Get Me? - Mahtab Hussein

 

Ocenaomania - Mark Dion

 

Message from the Exterior - Mark Ruwedel

 

Message from the Exterior Special Edition - Mark Ruwedel

 

Another Language Special Edition SET - Mårten Lange

 

The Mechanism - Mårten Lange

 

A partial Eclipse - Martin Boyce

 

A Partial Eclipse Special Edition - Martin Boyce

 

Hibi - Masahisa Fukase

 

Ravens [Hardback] - Masahisa Fukase

 

Transparency is the new mystery - Mayumi Hosokura

 

What the living carry - Morgan Ashcom

 

The Whiteness of the Whale - Paul Graham

 

a shimmer of possibility - Paul Graham

 

The Present - Paul Graham

 

The Present Special Edition - Paul Graham

 

Between the Shell (First Book Award) - Paul Salveson

 

FROWST [First Book Award] - Piotrowska, Joanna

 

Incoming - Richard Mosse

 

Le Luxe - Roe Ethridge

 

Neigbors - Roe Ethridge

 

Sacrifice Your Body - Roe Ethridge

 

Shelter Island - Roe Ethridge

 

Rockaway, NY - Roe Ethridge

 

Lago - Ron Jude

 

Lick Creek Line - Ron Jude

 

Nausea - Ron Jude

 

Deep Springs - Sam Contis

 

The Swamp (First Book Award) - Sofia Borges

 

Buon Fresco Special Edition - Tacita Dean

 

The Narcissistic City - Takashi Homma

 

Blossom - Thomas Demand

 

The Dailies - Thomas Demand

 

La Carte - Thomas Demand

 

Nationalgalerie - Thomas Demand

 

The Dailies - Thomas Demand

 

Nature & Politics - Thomas Struth

 

Confabulations - Torbjørn Rødland

 

The Model - Torbjorn Rodland

 

I want to live innocent - Tørbjorn Rødland

 

Vanilla Partner - Tørbjorn Rødland

 

White Planet Black Heart - Tørbjorn Rødland

 

My Kingdom - Txema Salvans

 

She dances on Jackson  Vanessa Winship

 

 

Events Posted Nov 21, 2017

Meet Publisher Michael Mack and Special Guests This Saturday Between 4:00 and 6:00 PM at the Opening Reception for our MACK Exhibition and Sale!

Please join us this coming Saturday, November 25th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM as we raise a glass to celebrate the launch of a very special exhibition of books, prints, and special editions spanning the history of the eminent London-based publishing house, MACK. Among the guests in attendance will be publisher Michael Mack, photographers Thomas DemandAnthony HernandezTorbjørn RødlandFumi Ishino, and more! This MACKstravaganza will continue through December 24th with rarities for sale, book signings, discussions, and special events. See you Saturday and stay tuned for forthcoming event details!

Events Posted Nov 17, 2017

MACK at Arcana

Please join us this coming Saturday, November 25th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM as we raise a glass to celebrate the launch of a very special exhibition of books, prints, and special editions spanning the history of the eminent London-based publishing house, MACK. Among the guests in attendance will be publisher Michael Mack, photographers Thomas Demand, Anthony Hernandez, Torbjørn Rødland, Fumi Ishino, and more! This MACKstravaganza will continue through December 24th with rarities for sale, book signings, discussions, and special events. See you Saturday and stay tuned for forthcoming event details!

 

 

Book of the Day Posted Nov 16, 2017

Book of the day > Anni Albers: On Weaving.

 Published by Princeton University Press. “The classic book on the art and history of weaving—now expanded and in full color. "Written by one of the twentieth century’s leading textile artists, this splendidly illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. First published in 1965, On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand.

With her focus on materials and handlooms, Anni Albers discusses how technology and mass production place limits on creativity and problem solving, and makes the case for a renewed embrace of human ingenuity that is particularly important today. Her lucid and engaging prose is illustrated with a wealth of rare and extraordinary images showing the history of the medium, from hand-drawn diagrams and close-ups of pre-Columbian textiles to material studies with corn, paper, and the typewriter, as well as illuminating examples of her own work.

Now available for a new generation of readers, this expanded edition of On Weaving updates the book’s original black-and-white illustrations with full-color photos, and features an afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and essays by Manuel Cirauqui and T’ai Smith that shed critical light on Albers and her career."Book of the day > Anni Albers: On Weaving. Published by Princeton University Press. “The classic book on the art and history of weaving—now expanded and in full color. "Written by one of the twentieth century’s leading textile artists, this splendidly illustrated book is a luminous meditation on the art of weaving, its history, its tools and techniques, and its implications for modern design. First published in 1965, On Weaving bridges the transition between handcraft and the machine-made, highlighting the essential importance of material awareness and the creative leaps that can occur when design problems are tackled by hand.

With her focus on materials and handlooms, Anni Albers discusses how technology and mass production place limits on creativity and problem solving, and makes the case for a renewed embrace of human ingenuity that is particularly important today. Her lucid and engaging prose is illustrated with a wealth of rare and extraordinary images showing the history of the medium, from hand-drawn diagrams and close-ups of pre-Columbian textiles to material studies with corn, paper, and the typewriter, as well as illuminating examples of her own work.

Now available for a new generation of readers, this expanded edition of On Weaving updates the book’s original black-and-white illustrations with full-color photos, and features an afterword by Nicholas Fox Weber and essays by Manuel Cirauqui and T’ai Smith that shed critical light on Albers and her career."

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