Events Posted Dec 05, 2022

Book Signing and Discussion 12/10, 4-6 > DOUG AITKEN WORKS 1992-2022

We are delighted to invite you to a book signing and discussion with Doug Aitken for his new book Works 1992-2022 published by MACK. Doug will be joined by Dean Kuipers for a discussion about the book.

This comprehensive new book explores the career of multimedia artist Doug Aitken, following the path from his first major works in the late 1990s through to the present day. Aitken’s work encompasses large-scale film installations such as Sleepwalkers (2007), site-specific sculptures including his Underwater Pavilions (2016) installed off the coast of Catalina Island, California, and peripatetic happenings like Station to Station (2013), which saw a train containing a travelling studio cross the USA from the Atlantic to the Pacific, staging unique performance events at each stop. Weaving together images and text in an energetic composition of rhythm and movement, this authoritative volume mirrors the ways in which Aitken has approached and explored the contemporary world in his conceptual body of work across multiple mediums.

If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy, please place your order here

Events Posted Dec 05, 2022

Upcoming Events!



SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM


SATURDAY, JANUARY 14th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM






Events Posted Dec 02, 2022


We are delighted to invite you to attend a book signing with Roger Davies for his new book Beyond the Canyon: Inside Epic California Homes

For more than twenty years, globe-trotting English-born, Los Angeles-based photographer Roger Davies has shot stunning, luxurious, unique, and storied residences by the world’s most acclaimed designers and architects for the most prestigious magazines. In Beyond the Canyon, he trains his camera on residential interiors throughout the Golden State, his adopted home. Granted unparalleled access from Malibu to Marin County and Laurel Canyon to Hollywood, Davies takes readers into the often glamorous, always compelling homes of artists, film producers, actors, musicians, interior designers, art collectors, and others who lend the West Coast its cachet. Across the variety of spaces represented - including legacy works by mid-century masters John Lautner, A. Quincy Jones, and Craig Ellwood as well as contemporary designs by Tadao Ando and Frank Gehry, he captures the essence of California living in his portraits of spectacular spaces and breathtaking views of the Hollywood Hills and palm tree–lined beaches, all bathed in a warm glow.
As one of the world’s top photographers of interiors, Davies’s work has appeared in numerous design and architecture books. In Beyond the Canyon, his first monograph, he provides in his own words a rare behind-the-scenes, industry insider’s experience of photographing these stunning residences.

If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy, please place your order hereor call us at 310-458-1499.


Events Posted Nov 12, 2022


We are delighted to invite you to attend a special book signing with David Shrigley. Get Your Shit Together is the first book that exclusively features with iconic British artist's recent artwork in color. It celebrates Shrigley's absurd, deadpan sensibility through both his signature drawing style and accompanying text.
If you cannot attend but would like a signed copy, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.
David Shrigley was born in 1968 in Macclesfield, UK. He lives and works in Brighton and Devon. In January 2020 the artist was awarded the decoration of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire or OBE. Shrigley’s quick-witted drawings and hand-rendered texts are typically deadpan in their humor and reveal chance utterings like snippets of over-heard conversations. Recurring themes and thoughts pervade his storytelling, capturing deliberately two-dimensional views of the world, the perspective of aliens and monsters or the compulsive habits of an eavesdropper shouting out loud. While drawing is at the center of his practice, Shrigley works across an extensive range of media including sculpture, large-scale installation, animation, painting, photography and music. He consistently seeks to widen his audience by operating outside the gallery sphere, including producing artist publications and creating collaborative music projects.




Events Posted Oct 08, 2022

Book Signing Today (10/8/2022)!!!

We are delighted to invite you to attend a special double book signing this Saturday with photographers Ave Pildas and Ian Bates to celebrate their two exciting new Deadbeat Club Press releases!

If you cannot attend but would like a signed or special edition copy of Star StruckMeadowlark, or both, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.
Please Note: This Saturday is the Culver City Art Walk and Washington Boulevard will be closed between McManus and Caroline Ave. Parking here will be crowded and we recommend taking the Metro, carpooling, or ride share. Here is a map of available parking at Helms.









Events Posted Aug 09, 2022

Eric Kroll Book Signing and Vintage Photographic Print Sale Saturday 8/20, 4:00 to 6:00 PM!

Please join us for a book signing and vintage photographic print sale with Eric Kroll for "The New York Years, 1971 To 1994" at Arcana Saturday, August 20th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
Due to overwhelming early response, only thirty copies of "The New York Years..." remain from our initial imported supply which we must reserve for those attending Saturday's event. We regret that there will be no more advance sales either by phone or website before then. If you cannot attend and would like to purchase a signed copy, please email us with your request. If there are copies available following the weekend, we will respond to you in the order we received your inquiry. Otherwise, we have another order on the way due to arrive early next month which we will arrange to have Mr. Kroll sign and make for sale once again.
As for this unique one-day sale of Mr. Kroll's vintage New York photographs, the images range from 8 x 10 to 16 by 20", with most being framed. They are priced between $750.00 and $2,000.00. See the selection below for some of these classic pictures that feature Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Debbie Harry, Andy Warhol - and a selection of Factory Superstars, David Bowie, James Van Der Zee, Futura 2000, Grace Jones, David Wojnarowicz, and many, many more. There will be additional prints for sale beyond these displayed at the event. Want to own one and cannot attend? Please email us with any questions!

Various sizes, L to R - Nam June Paik, Civilian Warfare Gallery artists,
Leslie Macayza at Kenny Scharf's Fun Gallery exhibition, Futura 2000,
Patti Astor at her Fun Gallery Keith Haring exhibition, Debbie Harry x 2,
Robert Mapplethorpe, Luis Frangella paints a picture
11 x 14" - James Van Der Zee and Donna Mussenden, Secretary on her lunch break,
14 x 11" - Todd Rundgren, The Dead Boys' Stiv Bators, Leslie Macayza
14 x 11" - Susan Smith, Andy Warhol, David Bowie
14 x 11" - R. Crumb and Gloria, Keith Haring with Patti Astor at his Fun
Gallery exhibition (with an original Eric Kroll drawing), Andy Warhol at
The Factory
14 x 11" - Debbie Harry x 2, Candida Royale
10 x 8" - John Sex, Times Square sex worker, Debra Martin - New York
10 x 8" - Futura 2000 at work, Grace Jones, Susan Smith
Eric Kroll is a name familiar to anyone with even the vaguest interest in contemporary photography. His first book, Sex Objects: An American Documentary, from 1977 has attained cult-like status. He has gone on to publish several high-profile, best-selling books with houses like Taschen, and his work has been featured in countless magazines over the years.
His brand new publication, The New York Years 1971 To 1994 from Timeless Edition in Paris  showcases a side of his work that until now has not been widely publicized. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Eric found himself at the very heart of a cultural eruption in NYC. With his camera ever at the ready he documented the work and private pursuits of cultural movers and shakers from the Rolling Stones to The Dead Boys, Blondie, Warhol, Basquiat, and Haring. Madonna, Kenneth Anger, Grace Jones, Robert Mapplethorpe, David Wojnarowicz, and too many regulars from the Max's Kansas City, Studio 54, and East Village Art Scene demimonde to name feature in this stunning collection of mostly never-before seen photos. From its sleazy underbelly to the highest-brow art galleries, Eric Kroll invites you to bygone Manhattan at the height of its decadence and cultural importance. The New York Years is a unique book, a journey, an experience!
Events Posted Aug 09, 2022

Book Signing + Discussion with Peter Fetterman for "The Power of Photography" This Saturday, August 13th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Arcana!

This Saturday, August 13th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM, renowned gallerist Peter Fetterman will engage in a lively discussion here with Arcana owner Lee Kaplan regarding his career, his love of the photographic medium, and Peter's lovely and thought-provoking new book, The Power of Photography.

If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a book signed by Peter Fetterman please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.

The power of photography lies in its ability to ignite emotions across barriers of language and culture. This selection of iconic images, compiled by pioneering collector and gallerist Peter Fetterman, celebrates the photograph’s unique capacity for sensibility. Mr. Fetterman runs one of the leading commercial galleries in the world, and has championed the photographic arts for over thirty years. During the long months of lockdown, he ‘exhibited’ one photograph per day, accompanied by inspirational text, quotes and poetry. This digital collection struck a chord with followers from around the world. The Power of Photography presents one hundred and twenty outstanding images from the series along with Peter’s insightful words. This carefully curated selection offers an inspiring overview of the medium while paying homage to masters of the art. From the bizarre Boschian fantasies of Melvin Sokolsky to the haunting humanity of Ansel Adams’ family portraits; from Miho Kajioka’s interpretation of traditional Japanese aesthetics of to the joyful everyday scenes of Evelyn Hofer; from rare interior shots by famed nude photographer Ruth Bernhard to Bruce Davidson’s wistful depiction of young men playing ballgames on a street; this book gathers some of the most unique and heartening photographs from the 20th century. Each image is a time capsule, offering us a glimpse into days gone past. Yet each photograph also speaks of tranquility, peace, and hope for the future."

Events Posted Aug 01, 2022


Join us Saturday, August 6th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM celebrate the launch of Clara Balzary's Big Fresh Air.
If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a book signed by Ms. Balzary, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.
Clara Balzary is a Los Angeles-based photographer and filmmaker whose first book is the newly released Big Fresh Air from London's Pinch Publishing. "The photographs in Big Fresh Air were taken over the course of four days, spanning from the late spring to the late summer of 2021. All pictures are the result of a collaboration with Ruby Kernkamp and Emily Leona Rose. Kernkamp and Rose used contact improvisation techniques to create distinct movement dialogues between participants and the natural landscape, stemming from an interest in what happens when bodies give and receive weight and touch. Each day took place in the public parks in La Cañada / Flintridge, a city in the foothills of the Verdugo Mountains in Los Angeles County, during a time when groups were encouraged to gather exclusively in outdoor spaces."
Events Posted Jul 25, 2022

Book Signing & Discussion with Steve Keene this Saturday, July 30th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM!

JULY 30th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM


Join us Saturday, July 30th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM celebrate the launch of The Steve Keene Art Book, co-published by our friends at Hat & Beard Press. Hat & Beard Editor and Publisher J.C. Gabel will host a lively discussion of Steve Keene's work with the artist himself, in conversation with Daniel Efram, the producer of the Steve Keene Art Book, and the co-host of the 30-year retrospective of Keene's work, up at Palm Grove Social through September 1, 2022.

If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a book signed by Steve Keene and Daniel Efram, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.


Steve Keene is the most prolific American painter of all time, producing more than 300,000 hand-painted works via his studio / chainlink fence cage where he paints more than fifty paintings at a time. Lovingly known for making affordable art, as well as being the indie rock cover art maker to Pavement, The Apples in stereo, and Silver Jews, Keene has long been under-appreciated for his importance to the nineties indie art and music scenes. The Steve Keene Art Book - originally conceived during his sold out 2016 show at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects Gallery - is the first art book dedicated exclusively to his work.


The book features essays by musician Hilarie Bratset (The Apples in stereo), writer Sam Brumbaugh, Elle Chang, Daniel Efram, Shepard Fairey, journalist Karen Loew, and Christina Zafiris, along with comments from Starling Keene, curators Jonathan LeVine, Leo Fitzgerald and Talia Logan, alongside a dazzling two hundred and seventy-seven reproductions of Keene’s works. Efram takes readers into Keene’s utilitarian chainlink “painting cage” for an all-access pass for a peek into the artist’s fascinating systemic technique. The Steve Keene Art Book is co-published by Hat & Beard Press and Tractor Beam and has been made possible through a crowdfunding campaign that included hundreds of supporters - from Keene's former hometown of Charlottesville, Virginia, to fans from all over the world - who contributed pieces from their own personal collections. It is produced by Daniel Efram, edited by Gail O’Hara, editor-in-chief of the “legendary indie nerd bible” chickfactor, and designed by Grammy-nominated graphic designer Henry Owings.

Events Posted Jul 23, 2022

Reminder: John Divola Tomorrow (Sunday 7/24) at Arcana!




Please join us Sunday, July 24th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM celebrate the arrival of Mr. Divola's stunning new Skinnerboox publication. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a signed copy, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.

"Cameras and their users are caught between the universal and the particular. Photography and photographs; humanity and whatever specific kind of human we happen to be. There is at least something existentially universal about John Divola’s photographic adventures. The lone observer moving through the world and reflecting upon it through various camera possibilities. But nobody is truly universal, or only universal. We each come wrapped in our particulars, just as each and every photograph belongs to the universe of photography precisely insofar as it is particular. Forever the two. When I look at Divola’s photographs, I sense something universal because I sense all the particulars. Yes, a white, male, middle class Southern Californian, post-conceptual artist of the kind that makes these kinds of photographs. But nobody makes photographs quite like Divola. He is one of a kind, and therein are the universal and the particular." - David Campany from his text for "SCAPES", which contains selections from three of the photographer's most celebrated bodies of early black and white work, "Four Landscapes", "As Far As I Could Get", and "Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert."