Events Posted Jun 19, 2022

Upcoming Events at Arcana!

EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. 

 

SUNDAY, JULY 24TH, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
JOHN DIVOLA: "SCAPES" BOOK SIGNING
 
SATURDAY, JULY 30TH, 4:00 - 6:00
STEVE KEENE: "THE STEVE KEENE ART BOOK" BOOK SIGNING
 
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
CLARA BELZARY: "BIG FRESH AIR" BOOK SIGNING
Events Posted Jun 01, 2022

Book Signing at Arcana 6/11/22 > Arthur Grace: Communism(s): A Cold War Album

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A BOOK SIGNING ON SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH, 4:00 - 6:00!
 
ARTHUR GRACE: COMMUNISM(S):  A COLD WAR ALBUM

 

For most people in the West, the realities of life behind the Iron Curtain have faded into caricatures of police state repression and bread lines. With the world seemingly again divided between democracies and authoritarian regimes, it is essential that we understand the reality of life in the Soviet Bloc. noted American photojournalist Arthur Grace was uniquely placed to provide that context.

 

During the 1970s and 1980s Grace traveled extensively behind the Iron Curtain, working primarily for news magazines. One of only a small corps of Western photographers with ongoing access, he was able to delve into the most ordinary corners of people’s daily lives, while also covering significant events. Many of the photographs in this remarkable book are effectively psychological portraits that leave the viewer with a sense of the gamut of emotions in that era.

 

Illustrated with over one hundred and twenty black-and-white images - nearly all previously unpublished, Communism(s) gives an unprecedented glimpse behind the veil of a not-so-distant time filled with harsh realities unseen by nearly all but those that lived through it. Shot in the USSR, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia and the German Democratic Republic, here are portraits of factory workers, farmers, churchgoers, vacationers and loitering teens juxtaposed with the GDR’s imposing Social Realist-designed apartment blocks, annual May Day Parades, Poland’s Solidarity movement (and the subsequent imposition of martial law) and the vastness of Moscow’s Red Square.

 

Beautifully printed in Italy by publisher Damiani Editore, Communism(s) was co-edited by Arthur Grace, Arcana's own Lee Kaplan, and Deadbeat Club Press' Clint Woodside, who also contributed the book's striking design. Read some of its impressive advance reviews from The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Sunday London Times, and join us Saturday, June 11th to acquire your own copy of this timely document signed by photographer Arthur Grace

 

If you cannot attend, place an order here for your very own copy of Communism(s) signed by Arthur Grace to be picked up at the store or shipped to you after the event.
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Events Posted Apr 20, 2022

Russel and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga A Discussion with author Jennifer Golub & Eames Demetrios

Please join us in celebration of the publication of
 
Russel and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga
 
A Discussion with author Jennifer Golub & Eames Demetrios
 
Sunday, May 1st 2022 at 4:00 PM
 
Signed copies of the book will be available during the event. If you cannot attend, you may purchase a copy here.
 
Jennifer Golub discusses her new book Russel and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga with Eames Demetrios.
“The book fills in the gaps, from how the house evolved to Mary’s involvement. It’s a new deeply considered way to understand the collaborative work. It’s a beauty.” – John Danzer, Munder Skiles, emeritus board of directors, Manitoga\Russel Wright Design Center.

Best known for American Modern dinnerware, Russel and Mary Wright were at the forefront of American mid-century industrial design. Mary’s role as a partner, designer and entrepreneur is discussed here for the first time. Multiple archives have been synthesized exploring the innovation of Russel and Mary Wright’s design practice, their home and the extensive 77 acres of Woodland Paths at Dragon Rock, Manitoga.
Russel and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga is an immersive experience evoking the individuality of these artists, the spirit of architecture and design in the mid 20th century and their ethos which continues to flourish.
 
Jennifer Golub is the author of Russel and Mary Wright: Dragon Rock at Manitoga. Her previous publication was Albert Frey Houses 1+2, also published by Princeton Architectural Press. She has produced award winning branded content for the likes of Apple, Adidas, Levi’s, RayBan, and directed and produced Apple’s Emmy award winning “Think Different”. She is the founder of A-Frame Content, generating communications at the intersection of art and social impact. She has served on boards and developed content for various foundations including the XQ Institute, Conservation International, Virgin Unite, (RED), Rock the Vote, Feeding America and Phillip Johnson’s Glass House. She has produced films for Ed Ruscha and Frank Gehry, curated art exhibitions, and has commissioned multiple architectural projects. She resides in Los Angeles, West Marin and New York City.
 
Eames Demetrios is best known in the design world as director of the Eames Office and for authoring several design books — including An Eames Primer and Essential Eames. He has authored 11 books altogether and contributed to many others. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Eames Foundation, responsible for taking care of the Eames House. His current large-scale project is his parallel universe, Kcymaerxthaere, a global artwork of multi-dimensional storytelling. For this Eames has so far installed 143 markers and historic sites involving 27 linear languages, in 30 countries on 6 continents. (There is a ready-to-go design for the Moon.) Demetrios has also made over 60 films (mostly shorts) on topics from the Modern Maya to Frank Gehry, from homelessness to legendary winemaker Peter Gago. Genres include fiction, documentary and animation. Demetrios has given talks in 50 countries, including on the mainstage of the legendary TED conference. Eames Demetrios lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.
Events Posted Apr 20, 2022

Seeding the City Event - Saturday, 4/23

Saturday, April 23, 2022
11:00 – 5:00 PM
Helms-Wide Event
 
The Southland was once a garden of Eden. Now, as Los Angeles continues to build up its cityscape, connection to the land is out of reach for many. This rupture was underscored by the pandemic, when access to clean air, open space, plants and pets became an essential tonic.
 
But talented and creative designers are finding ways to green the City in ways beyond the traditional backyard, injecting trees onto rooftops, flowers under transit lines and plants into defunct concrete pools. They are reclaiming the wild and bringing back long-vanished birds and bees. Artists and writers are creating works reflecting on new ways of coexistence with all species.
Seeding The City celebrates the 21st century garden in Los Angeles with a daylong program of talks, tours, and popups, featuring some of LA’s leading landscape designers and thinkers, including:
 
Show & Tell at Arcana Books 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Join artbook enthusiast Jason E.C. Wright, founder of Burntsienna Research Society, for a ‘Show & Tell’ at Arcana: Books on the Arts. He will share books on gardens and green spaces as considered by artists, architects, photographers and designers.

 
Events Posted Mar 04, 2022

Richard Misrach: Notations Book Signing 3/19, 4:00-6:00 PM

PLEASE JOIN US SATURDAY, MARCH 19th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM FOR A BOOK SIGNING 

RICHARD MISRACH: NOTATIONS

If you cannot attend, you may order signed copy of the book to be picked up at the store or shipped to you after the event: please place your order here.  Since 2006, coinciding with his shift away from analog film to working exclusively with a digital camera, Richard Misrach has been exploring the aesthetic possibilities of the negative image. His latest body of work, debuted in this deluxe, oversize (16.75 by 13 inches), landscape-format volume, comprises dazzling, sublime photographs of landscapes and natural scenes—in negative, but using color with great dexterity and nuance.

Inspired by Ansel Adams’ comparison of the photographic negative to a musical score, and John Cage’s 1969 book, Notations, which compiles music scores as art, Misrach here envisages the photographic image as a score-like negative, teetering on abstraction, that invites a diversity of interpretations. The result is a series of immense beauty unlike any previous Misrach publication. Published by Radius Books; text by Darius Himes.

Richard Misrach  is one of the most influential photographers working today. For the past five decades, he has used visually stunning, large-scale color vistas to address human intervention in the natural world. He lives and works in Berkeley, California.

Events Posted Jan 03, 2022

Upcoming Events at Arcana!

 

EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO ALL. 

FACE COVERING REQUIRED!

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 15th, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

ED TEMPLETON: 87 DRAWINGS

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

SENON WILLIAMS: WORDS DON'T MEAN MUCH

BOOK SIGNING

 

Events Posted Nov 22, 2021

BOOK SIGNING SATURDAY 12/11/21 > TODD HIDO | OUTSKIRTS + MARINA LUZ : A LIBRARY OF MISREMEMBERED BOOKS

Please join us on Saturday, December 11th, 4:00-6:00 PM for a double book signing:

TODD HIDO | OUTSKIRTS (REMASTERED, 2021)

MARINA LUZ: A LIBRARY OF MISREMEMBERED BOOKS

 

We are thrilled to have Todd Hido and Marina Luz join us on Saturday 12/11/21 to launch their new books. You can pre-order SIGNED COPIES of each here!

 

 

Events Posted Nov 22, 2021

BOOK SIGNING SATURDAY 12/4/21 > LESLIE WILLIAMSON - STILL LIVES: INSIDE THE HOMES OF ARTISTS, GREAT AND UNSUNG

Still Lives: In the Homes of Artists, Great and Unsung, the latest and greatest from Leslie Williamson (Handcrafted Modern, Modern Originals, Interior Portraits)  will have its Los Angeles launch on Saturday, December 4th at Arcana -- please join us to celebrate this fabulous new book!

If you can't make it but would like to have a book signed by Ms. Williamson, you can order one here or email or phone us (310-458-1499).

 

 

Events Posted Sep 14, 2021

9/15/21 - Show & Tell with Jason E.C. Wright / Burnt Sienna Research Society!

Tomorrow, Wednesday 9/15/21, please tune in to Instagram (@arcanabookss) at 5:00pm for the latest and greatest Show & Tell with Jason EC Wright of @BurntSiennaResearchSociety !
 
Gather up your art books, design books, coffee table books or rare magazines and come nerd out with Jason!
 
Here’s how it works: Jason will be live @arcanabooks sharing some of his favorites with you. Raise your hand to share and he will tap you in. Enjoy the hour, meet some interesting people, and support your local bookstore. There’s nothing like a little book fun in the middle of the week. If there's something in the discussion that piques your interest and we have it in stock, we'll even give you a 10% discount for mentioning that you participated!
 
Jason E.C. Wright is the Founder of Burnt Sienna Research Society, a critical-thinking research consultancy for design histories, intangible culture, and reference materials. Jason is Indiana born and raised, who now considers Los Angeles home. He is an accomplished designer, researcher, writer, with 20+ years as a retail and fashion professional, who takes his love of books seriously, serving as librarian-in-residence at home in Treehouse Hollywood.
 
Thanks to Frances Anderton & Angela Anthony / @HelmsBakeryDistrict.

 

Events Posted Aug 10, 2021

Book Show & Tell with Burnt Sienna Research Society

Tomorrow, Wednesday 8/11/21, please tune in to Instagram (@arcanabookss) at 5:00pm for the latest and greatest Show & Tell with Jason EC Wright of @BurntSiennaResearchSociety !
 
Gather up your art books, design books, coffee table books or rare magazines and come nerd out with Jason!
 
Here’s how it works: Jason will be live @arcanabooks sharing some of his favorites with you. Raise your hand to share and he will tap you in. Chat about your most influential book or bookshop. Enjoy the hour, meet some interesting people, and support your local bookstore. There’s nothing like a little book fun in the middle of the week. If there's something in the discussion that piques your interest and we have it in stock, we'll even give you a 10% discount for mentioning that you participated!
 
Jason E.C. Wright is the Founder of http://www.burntsienna.org/, a critical-thinking research consultancy for design histories, intangible culture, and reference materials. Jason is Indiana born and raised, who now considers Los Angeles home. He is an accomplished designer, researcher, writer, with 20+ years as a retail and fashion professional, who takes his love of books seriously, serving as librarian-in-residence at home in Treehouse Hollywood.
 
Thanks to Frances Anderton & Angela Anthony / @HelmsBakeryDistrict.

 

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