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.

 

 

 

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

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
‚ÄčArcana: 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!
 

 

 

 

 

Events Posted Mar 28, 2017

Book Signing 4/19 at Arcana > MOSHE BRAKHA: L.A. BABE THE REAL WOMEN OF LOS ANGELES 1975-1988

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A BOOK SIGNING
SUNDAY, APRIL 9th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM


MOSHE BRAKHA: L.A. BABE
THE REAL WOMEN OF LOS ANGELES 1975-1988


A collection of previously unpublished photographs of the crazy, sexy celebrities and other cool women of ’70s and ’80s Los Angeles from Beverly Hills to Venice Beach to The Sunset Strip

Photographer Moshe Brakha’s acidly crisp, otherworldly images evoke a certain stylistic sensibility and a knack for innovative and sensual photography that engages the viewer. L.A. Babe: The Real Women of Los Angeles 1975-1988 collects his most compelling subjects from the late seventies and early eighties - the various women he encountered all over Los Angeles. The book includes vintage portraits of legendary proto-punk band The Runaways, LaToya and Janet Jackson, Patricia Arquette, longtime Los Angeles scenemaker Angelyne, and many, many others. From Beverly Hills High School cheerleaders to brash bartenders and groupies, L.A. Babe captures the essential Los Angeles at its sunniest, coolest, grittiest glam and punk peak.

In a career spanning five decades, Moshe Brakha has created scores of iconic editorial images including work for the legendary Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing and Beyond, and album covers for the likes of Devo, The Ramones, Sparks, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, Pat Benatar, The Weirdos, and Alice Coltrane.


Please join us Sunday, April 9th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM as we celebrate the publication of Mr. Brakha's new Rizzoli / Universe book L.A. Babe. If you are unable to attend but wish to purchase a signed copy,please place your secure order on our website here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted Mar 21, 2017

Book of the day > Hybrid Modernism: Movie Theatres in South India by Haubitz + Zoche

Book of the day > Hybrid Modernism: Movie Theatres in South India  by Haubitz + Zoche. Published by Spector Books. "In the period from the 1950s to the 1970s, a large number of cinemas were built in both the urban and rural areas of South India. Their architecture is an unusual mix of Western influences and local building styles. The brightly coloured façades resemble stage sets and provide a foretaste of the film experience in the auditorium, where the extravagant forms and embellishments are continued, getting the audience in the mood for the cinematic world before the opening credits roll. One might call this architectural language a kind of hybrid modernism. Many of these cinemas have been maintained in their original state. However, in the big cities, the process of converting them into multiplexes has already begun. Haubitz+Zoche’s photographs from the period 2010 – 2013 document a piece of cinema culture that has already for the most part disappeared in Europe and the USA and is being increasingly displaced in India by commercial interests." @spectorbooks

Events Posted Mar 10, 2017

Saturday, 3/11, 4-6 > MASTER ARCHITECTS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA 1920-1940: GORDON B. KAUFMANN Book Signing

Join us Saturday March 11th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
for a book signing with authors
Marc Appleton, Bret Parsons, and Steve Vaught:

MASTER ARCHITECTS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
1920-1940: GORDON B. KAUFMANN

 

Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940 is a new twelve volume series overseen by Marc Appleton, Bret Parsons, and Steve Vaught that showcases the work of the Golden Era’s most important residential architects. Featuring period photographs of the work of legendary names in the region's architecture, these monographs are devoted to the period when oil barons, film industry moguls, bankers, and successful entrepreneurs who were new to Los Angeles sought to hire the most accomplished and talented architects they could find.

The premiere volume showcases Gordon B. Kaufmann, whose design for Greystone the famed Beverly Hills domicile he created for E.L. Doheny Jr. and Lucy Doheny - catapulted him to the top of his field. Combining elements of English Gothic and Jacobean styles, the fifty-five room manor for the son and daughter-in-law of the then-richest man in the United States became the largest private residence in Southern California.

Though Kaufmann’s name and legacy have since dimmed to all but architectural historians and savvy realtors, his stamp is all over Southern California, and Greystone is hardly his only notable achievement. GORDON B. KAUFMANN includes a detailed career biography that chronicles numerous residential projects he designed, including homes for legendary Los Angeles families with names like Chandler, Janss, Adamson, Getz, and Hampshur-Jones, to name a few. In addition, Kaufmann designed Hoover Dam, the Los Angeles Times Building, Caltech’s Athenaeum, Santa Anita Park, and other important local landmarks.

The period from 1920 to 1940 was an era of incredible homes that utilized the very best building materials available, prior to their being needed for the nation's World War II effort. Notes co-author Bret Parsons “Artisans were still crafting the best details from those remarkable materials; redwood two-by-fours still measured two-inches by four-inches”. These residences defined Los Angeles as a city whose architectural heritage was in the making. “These were the homes that made architectural history, yet few were properly documented.”

Please join us at Arcana Saturday, March 11th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to celebrate the launch of Tailwater Press' new series with Mr. Appleton, Mr. Parsons, and Mr. Vaught. If you are unable to attend and wish to purchase a copy of Master Architects of Southern California 1920-1940 signed by all three, place your secure order on our website here, or call us at 310-458-1499. 

Events Posted Feb 23, 2017

Book signing at the LA Art Book Fair This Saturday! AARON STERN: WE LIVE BEHIND THE MOON SOMETIMES

AARON STERN:
WE LIVE BEHIND THE MOON SOMETIMES
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 3:00 to 4:00 PM AT OUR BOOTH (#P05)

 

On Saturday 2/25, New York-based photographer Aaron Stern will be joining us at 3:00 PM to sign his hot-off-the-press We Live Behind The Moon Sometimes - an edition limited edition to fifty copies each containing a 5 x 7" print. "Our memories are so often distorted to fit a narrative we create for ourselves. We replay memories the way we wish to remember and rebuild them to fit our own story. These images explore these themes as well the overarching theme in my work: love and loss, and how they relate to the landscape in our minds and around us."

 

The Geffen Contemporary at MoCA

152 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Can't make it on Saturday? We've got you covered - you can order can order signed copies here.

 

  

Events Posted Feb 22, 2017

Book signing at the LA Art Book Fair This Thursday! JOHAN KUGELBERG: GOD SAVE SEX PISTOLS !

 

JOHAN KUGELBERG: GOD SAVE SEX PISTOLS
TRADE, DELUXE AND ULTRA-DELUXE EDITIONS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 7:00 to 8:00 PM AT OUR BOOTH (#P05)

 

Special Limited Edition out-take 'zine (only 50 copies!) will also be available for this special event!

 

At Thursday night's opening benefit, renowned gallerist, archivist, and editor Johan Kugelberg will be signing copies between 7:00 and 8:00 PM of his recent publication God Save Sex Pistols - the unseen and definitive visual history of the incendiary punk band. Presented by Arcana: Books on the Arts and Anthology Editions, both the Deluxe and swanky Ultra-Deluxe Anthology editions as well as the Rizzoli trade edition will be available.

 

Can't make it on Thursday? Not to worry - you can order here.

 

Events Posted Feb 22, 2017

PRINTED MATTER'S LA ART BOOK FAIR FEBRUARY 23rd - 26th, 2017 THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA!

PRINTED MATTER'S LA ART BOOK FAIR
FEBRUARY 23rd - 26th, 2017
THE GEFFEN CONTEMPORARY AT MOCA

FEATURING BOOK SIGNINGS WITH:

JOHAN KUGELBERG:
GOD SAVE SEX PISTOLS

TRADE, DELUXE AND ULTRA-DELUXE EDITIONS
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd, 7:00 to 8:00 PM AT OUR BOOTH (#P05)

AARON STERN:

WE LIVE BEHIND THE MOON SOMETIMES
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 3:00 to 4:00 PM AT OUR BOOTH (#P05)

Yes, it's time to join us one again for Printed Matter's Los Angeles Art Book Fair! The first four years have been outstanding in terms of attendance, energy, and sheer volume of amazing stuff for sale under one gigantic roof, and we're hoping this will be the best yet.

 
We'll be at Booth P05 with another enticing assortment of rarities including Pop and Conceptual artist books and catalogues, (maga)’zines, artworks + multiples, and an array of coveted posters, announcements, and ephemera. It's a unique opportunity to shop many of the exquisite, inspiring, and rarely-seen items from the Arcana: Books on the Arts hidden-recesses and flat files. In addition, we'll be hosting two great book signings during the festivities!

At Thursday night's opening benefit, renowned gallerist, archivist, and editor Johan Kugelberg will be signing copies between 7:00 and 8:00 PM of his recent publication God Save Sex Pistols - the unseen and definitive visual history of the incendiary punk band. Presented by Arcana: Books on the Arts and Anthology Editions, both the Deluxe and swanky Ultra-Deluxe Anthology editions as well as the Rizzoli trade edition will be available. 

On Saturday 2/25, New York-based photographer Aaron Stern will be joining us at 3:00 PM to sign his hot-off-the-press We Live Behind The Moon Sometimes - an edition limited edition to fifty copies each containing a 5 x 7" print. "Our memories are so often distorted to fit a narrative we create for ourselves. We replay memories the way we wish to remember and rebuild them to fit our own story. These images explore these themes as well the overarching theme in my work: love and loss, and how they relate to the landscape in our minds and around us."

If you cannot attend the Fair but would like to purchase signed copies of any of these featured titles should there be extras available after our events, order here.

Click here for full details about Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair, and we hope to see you there!
 
*Benefit Preview: Thursday, February 23rd, 6:00 - 9:00 PM

($10.00 admission - purchase tickets here)

Weekend Admission to the Fair is FREE
Friday, February 24th, 1:00 - 6:00 PM
Saturday February 25th, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday February 26th, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
 
The Geffen Contemporary at MoCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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