Events Posted Aug 08, 2018

Innen at Arcana!

Next weekend (8/18 + 19, 1:00 -7:00 pm each day) Innen Books will be at Arcana!  Innen  (Zürich) is setting up shop at Arcana with a slew of ‘zines, books, “First Edition” shirts, rare / signed / sold-out Innen titles.

Shop Innen and Zug whilst enjoying the melodic tones of @secretcircuit, rubbing elbows with superstar local artists from the Innen roster – signings to be announced – and sipping early evening cold refreshments ... see you then! 

Events Posted Jul 27, 2018

Book Signing, Discussion, and cake! > SIMONE SHUBUCK - July 28th, 4:00-6:00


Please join us TOMORROW! Saturday, July 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 for a book signing and conversation with artist SIMONE SHUBUCK

The discussion - about her new book, her project 'Wifey,' and the relationship between art and food - will be moderated by curator Laura Fried and will include Wifey collaborator and James Beard nominated pastry chef Natasha Pickowicz. (And, yes, there will be cake — and Yola Mezcal!)

If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of SIMONE SHUBUCK signed by the artist, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


In the summer of 2017, Simone Shubuck launched Wifey, a Brooklyn pop up that fused art, food, ceramics, flowers, and bit of retail in an elevated DIY way. During the process, Shubuck realized that so much of what she was doing directly connected to a show she staged as a student at the San Francisco Art Institute in the early 1990s. Wanting to formalize that multi-decade connection, she decided to make a book.

While at the Art institute, Shubuck studied painting, but probably spent more time tagging on the streets in the middle of the night than in her studio. When it came time to produce her student show, she constructed 10 cakes festooned with pink ham hocks, a school of fresh sardines, a tent of chicken feet, and live crickets within a hat box within a cake. It was these images that attracted chefs Ignacio Mattos and Natasha Pickowicz - both of New York's Estela, Flora Bar, and Cafe Altro Paradiso - to the project. They became partners and began experimenting with dreamy layer cakes which were served at Wifey to great acclaim. 

As described by Ella Riley-Adams on "She had made a paged project before; a short run of zines for Natasha Pickowicz’s bake sale benefit at Altro Paradiso. “It had more of a punk vibe,” Shubuck says—150 copies, printed in Chinatown. The new book feels more like a collector’s item: a retrospective of off-kilter cakes, blossoming drawings, and character-filled ceramics that charts Shubuck’s creative course. (It’s the ideal gift for the cool girl in your life.) As Alex Wagner writes, next to a bright yellow page in the book: “Simone’s work—on paper, in clay, in life!—retains a glorious sense of mess and possibility and freedom.” 
Click here to read more about Ms. Shubuck's book on
Events Posted Jun 07, 2018

Shaniqwa Jarvis West Coast Book Launch + Signing Saturday, June 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Arcana!

Shaniqwa Jarvis’ first book Shaniqwa Jarvis presents one hundred and sixty pages of editorial and personal work spanning two decades drawn from the photographer’s archive. This lovely hardbound volume published by Baque Creative features an introduction by photographer Ryan McGinley accompanied by a meticulous selection of pictures from her favorite personal series such as “Bathroom Portraits” - shot in the toilets of bars in the early 2000s - along with editorial work for clients like The Gap, The New York Times, Supreme, Billboard, and Riposte that includes portraits of SZA, Lee Scratch Perry, George Condo, Cardi B, and a few requisite selfies.


Ms. Jarvis’ work is known for blending the aesthetics of modern fashion photography with the sensitive, unfiltered emotion of art portraiture. In some of her best-loved imagery she captures vivid reality across a wide variety of subjects that always appear to be an extension of herself. The images speak to raw, disparate feelings imbued with a deep sparkling optimism. The photos in this collection are an invitation to join Jarvis on a journey to see the world from her vantage point - one that is female, black, tirelessly hardworking, and brimming with raucous, positive vibrations. These are images of celebrities who seem like best friends, vintage shots of downtown New York notables in their heyday, children, loved ones in all colors of the rainbow, and delicate landscapes and travel souvenirs. Here is sorrow and joy commingling in pictures, many of them highly autobiographical, all representing a progressive and optimistic world.


So join us Saturday, June 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM to meet Ms. Jarvis and celebrate the arrival of this fabulous new book! If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of Shaniqwa Jarvis signed by the photographer, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


Click here to read more about Ms. Jarvis in the New York Times.


Events Posted May 23, 2018


SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Curatorial Hub is 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 new exhibition series in a brick-and-mortar outpost will launch in June at Arcana: Books on the Arts! The first show will feature artists David P. Earle and Emily Joyce, with an opening reception on Sunday, June 3rd from 4-6pm. 
These month long exhibitions at Arcana will be 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.
David P. Earle's altered books are both excavations and constructions. Unearthing buried histories, finding aesthetic concordances and building new narratives, Earle burrows wormholes through paper, splices together photographs and removes text, exploiting the flatness of the page to suggest a parallel universe contained between the covers.  
Emily Joyce’s paintings and sculptures are investigations into the underlying structure of the physical world; its mysteries and mathematics. The formally rigorous geometry in her work is offset by a purposefully awkward or playful gesture designed to destabilize the viewer. Taking her cues from early abstractionists and the Surrealists she transforms found patterns and objects into hybrid creations whose parts add up to a whole that is new and familiar at the same time. 
The concept for Curatorial Hub was created by artist Bettina Hubby who generously devotes part of her practice to collaboration and connection, both of which are central to this new initiative. In this new arts-venture that draws on her strengths of curating, collaborating and poetic outreach. “Democratizing access to creative output benefits everyone. Curatorial Hub offers a clean and simple way to get works out into the world while giving artists an opportunity outside of the traditional gallery setting to create supplemental income between exhibitions and projects.”

David P. Earle

Emily Joyce

Events Posted May 16, 2018

Book Signing and Discussion Saturday, May 26th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM > Jason Lee: A PLAIN VIEW

A PLAIN VIEW is the most recent chapter in Jason Lee's ongoing photographic exploration of rural America that began more than a decade ago with large format Polaroid films on the back roads of California. This lavishly produced lay-flat softbound book is comprised of one hundred and eleven color images made throughout Texas over the course of twenty-five days between January and April of 2017 using expired Kodak 4 x 5 color films and a Graflex Speed Graphic view camera. It is accompanied by a text by Will Gillham, the Head of Publications at The Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. Says the author "Having relocated to Texas from California in 2015, I felt it important to explore my adopted state more extensively than I had in the past as a visiting photographer. A PLAIN VIEW is the result of that exploration".

Please join us Saturday, May 26th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM at Arcana as we host a very special conversation between Jason Lee and Aline Smithson of followed by a book signing. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of A PLAIN VIEW signed by Mr. Lee, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


Events Posted May 13, 2018

Book Signing & Discussion, Saturday, 5/19, 4:00 - 6:00 > International Signal Code Alphabet by Corita Kent!

Please join us on Saturday, May 19th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to celebrate the beautiful new Atelier Éditions publication International Signal Code Alphabet by Corita Kent. We will be hosting a discussion and book signing with Dr. Ray Smith, Director of the Corita Art Center, and artist, curator, and Kent scholar, Aaron Rose.


"Radical American artist, educator and once-devout Catholic nun, Sister Mary Corita Kent’s provocative imagery has entranced audiences for over four decades. Originally completed in 1968, Kent’s International Signal Code Alphabet encompasses a series of twenty-six kaleidoscopic serigraphs integrating scripture, typography, image, icon, and the maritime flags of the International Code of Signals. As 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of both the series’ completion, and the centennial of Kent’s birth, this celebratory publication reproduces this engaging body of work for the very first time in a monographic, fine art  format". It features an introduction by Corita Art Center Director, Dr. Ray Smith along with a foreword authored by noted Kent scholar, artist, and curator Aaron Rose.

International Signal Code Alphabet will be available for purchase at the event as well as some special Corita Kent merch straight from the Corita Art Center! If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy signed by Dr. Smith and Mr. Rose, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


Events Posted May 04, 2018

Book signing & Discussion, Saturday, May 12th, 4-6 > JOHN DIVOLA: VANDALISM

Between 1974 and 1975, American photographer John Divola – then in his mid twenties and without a studio of his own – traveled across Los Angeles in search of dilapidated properties in which to make photographs. Armed with a camera, spray paint, string, and cardboard, the artist would produce one of his most significant photographic projects entitled "Vandalism". To produce this visceral black and white series of images Divola vandalized vacant homes with abstract constellations of graffiti-like marks, ritualistic configurations of string hooked to pins, and torn arrangements of card, before photographing the results. The project vigorously merged the documentary approach of forensic photography with staged interventions echoing sculpture, performance, and installation art. Serving as a conceptual sabotaging of the delineations between such documentary and artistic practices at a time when the ‘truthfulness’ of photography was being called into question, "Vandalism" helped to establish Divola’s highly distinctive photographic language.


Please join us Saturday, May 12th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM for a conversation between John Divola and The Getty Museum Department of Photographs curator Amanda Maddox followed by a book signing of his stunning new MACK publication. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy signed by Mr. Divola, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


Events Posted Apr 27, 2018

PUBLIC, ISSUE 1 Launch at Arcana, Thursday 5/3, 6:00 - 8:00 pm!

Please join us Thursday, May 3rd between 6:00 and 8:00 PM to celebrate the West Coast launch of Creative Director Alexander McWhirter's brand new Fashion journal, Public. The beautifully designed, large-format first issue features five portfolios photographed by Glen Luchford, Nadine Fraczkowski, Vivien Solari, Benjamin Lennox, and Greta Ilieva along with images by McWhirter and Alice Neale.

Notes the publisher: "The obvious is all around us. It is a void in which everything has been fine-tuned to such an extent that indistinctiveness prevails. 'Cool' has become inoffensive and predictable, and taste is easy to place a pulse on. Issue 1 of Public breaks this pattern of democratized cool, bringing together a body of work that covers a unique perspective on subjects in life."

Originally from London, Alexander McWhirter began his career in New York as the Art Director at V Magazine before founding McWhirter Studio. His projects focus on working closely with distinctive collaborators to present a narrative that observes human interaction, be that with our environment or with each other. The story is woven together with elements from art and fashion, the resulting idea is unmistakable and inclusive to all. He has collaborated with Visionaire, Suzanne Geiss Gallery, Cultural Traffic, and most recently Calvin Klein, where he worked closely with Raf Simons and Pieter Mulier on 2017 campaigns for Calvin Klein Jeans, Underwear, and the 205W39NYC RTW Collection Book.

Come meet Alexander McWhirter and contributor Glen Luchford who will be in attendance for a rare weeknight event here at Arcana this coming Thursday between 6:00 and 8:00 PM. Issue 1 of Public is limited to a mere two-hundred and fifty copies, and will soon be gone for good. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy signed by both, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

Events Posted Apr 18, 2018


Jessica Antola’s first monograph entitled Circadian Landscape is a vibrant journey through Sub-Saharan Africa. Traveling mostly by car, she captures the distinctive style and beauty of everyday life in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Ethiopia, Senegal, and Togo. Her striking portraits, landscapes, and vignettes offer an intimate view of life lived in rural villages, big cities and along the remote roadways between the two. Men dressed head to toe in elaborate African wax textiles share a motorcycle; ancestral spirits bridge earthly and supernatural worlds in masked dances; the rich red soil dusts the lush tropical jungle; a girl in an over-sized straw hat steers her boat with a boldly patterned patchwork sail; and a gold jewelry-clad Kumasi King performs a warrior dance. Antola is captivated by how people around the world express themselves in relation to their environments, and her images reflect the astonishing variety of ways people create and define themselves daily through dress and ritual, work and play.

Come to Arcana this Saturday between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to meet photographer Jessica Antola and celebrate the publication the drop-dead-gorgeous Circadian Landscape. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a signed copy, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.