Events Posted Jan 21, 2020

Re-Imagining the Avant-Garde

This Thursday (1/23, 6:30-8:30 pm) the Helms Bakery is hosting a great event at the Helms Design Center (8746 Washington, ½ block west of Arcana) – please come! “On Thursday, January 23rd, from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Helms Bakery District and the Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design will host a reception, presentation, discussion, and book launch for "Re-Imagining the Avant-Garde: Revisiting the Architecture of the 1960s and 1970s“ with Matthew Butcher, Andrew Kovacs, Mimi Zeiger, and Jimenez Lai.” Details here. Books will be available for purchase but if you can't attend but would like a signed copy of Re-Imagining the Avant-Garde, we can hook you up! Call (310-458-1499) or write. See you then!

 

Events Posted Jan 17, 2020

Book Signing 1/18/20 > Mark Steinmetz: Summer Camp

PLEASE JOIN US SATURDAY JANUARY 18th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM FOR A BOOK SIGNING MARK STEINMETZ: SUMMER CAMP
 
Hot off The Nazraeli Press, this latest monograph on the work of photographer Mark Steinmetz is a collection of photographs that captures the spirit of youth during trips spent away at a summer camp. "Two projects I focused on were little league baseball - which became 2015's The Players - and summer camps. Every year, from spring into summer, one would lead into another and certain things never changed… At summer camp, you have sleeping bags, cabins, and campers. There isn’t much difference between them in 1990 or 1965. I like that time of age, too. There’s a kind of grave maturity developing at around eleven years old. When a little kid laughs or cries, it doesn’t have real resonance, whereas if someone has these emotions between eight and twelve, there’s a poignancy to it. When they become adults, it’s just not the same. Many of these photos are about the predicament of being a kid put into a certain situation. In one picture, these girls who have been so horrible to each other all summer are now parting – and the depth of their love just gushes out. It’s almost excruciating..." - Mark Steinmetz, for Huck Magazine
Come to Arcana on Saturday, January 18th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to meet and greet the illustrious Mr. Steinmetz. In addition to signing his charming new tome, we'll have a selection of rare and out of print titles for sale as well. If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of Summer Camp, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.
 
 

 

 
Events Posted Jan 02, 2020

Winter 2020 Events

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
MARK STEINMETZ: SUMMER CAMP
BOOK SIGNING

POSTPONED
NADAV KANDER: THE MEETING
BOOK SIGNING + DISCUSSION

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

RUSSELL HOOVER: SURF - A PHOTOGRAPHER'S JOURNEY
BOOK SIGNING

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
RYAN MUNGIA: DO YOU COMPUTE? - 
SELLING TECH FROM THE ATOMIC AGE TO THE Y2K BUG. 1950-1999 

BOOK SIGNING
 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
JEFF DIVINE 70s SURF PHOTOGRAPHS
BOOK SIGNING

COMING IN MARCH - TBD
SAVAGE IMPRESSIONS - AN AESTHETIC EXPEDITION THROUGH THE ARCHIVES OF INDEPENDENT PROJECT RECORDS  AND PRESS
BOOK SIGNING + EXHIBITION  WITH BRUCE LICHER

 

Events Posted Dec 07, 2019

Book Signing with Todd Hido for "House Hunting (Remastered)" from Nazraeli Press Saturday, December 7th From 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Arcana!

PLEASE JOIN US SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM FOR A BOOK SIGNING TODD HIDO | HOUSE HUNTING
 
"Todd Hido’s large color photographs of suburbia are lonely, forlorn, mysterious… and strangely comforting. Hido photographs the interior rooms of repossessed tract homes, and the outsides of similar houses at night whose habitation is suggested by the glow of a television set or unseen overhead bulb. Seldom does the similar evoke such melancholy. Yet rather than passing judgment on his anonymous subjects, Hido manages to turn the banal into something beautiful, imbuing his prints of interiors with soft pastels, and allowing the exteriors to glow in the cool evening air."

We are thrilled to invite you to celebrate master publisher Nazraeli Press' remastered edition of Todd Hido’s iconic and highly sought-after first monograph, House Hunting. To celebrate the upcoming twentieth anniversary of this important book – certainly one of the most influential and oft-cited photography monographs of our time – Nazraeli has collaborated closely with the artist to achieve a new impression of the highest possible fidelity. Printed on heavy weight matte art paper, using cutting-edge technologies in both the pre-press and production phases, this new edition stays true to the original design and format while delivering even more accurate color rendition and nuances in tone and saturation. It will be a welcome addition to collections lacking access to the very scarce original printings; and to those fortunate enough to own a copy of the original edition, it further illuminates the images themselves that first catapulted the artist and his first monograph to fame.

If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of House Huntingor some of Mr. Hido's other earlier and rarer titlesplease place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499. 
Events Posted Dec 03, 2019

Book Signing 12/15/19 > Mission San Miguel Arcangel

PLEASE JOIN US SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th FROM 4:00 - 6:00 PM

FOR A BOOK SIGNING WITH PHOTOGRAPHER MELBA LEVICK + AUTHOR RUBEN G. MENDOZA

MISSION SAN MIGUEL ARCÁNGEL

PUBLISHED BY NAZRAELI PRESS

 

"Mission San Miguel Arcángel was founded on July 25, 1797 in what is now California’s Central Coast. The site was chosen in part because of the large number of Salinan Indians that inhabited the area, whom the Spanish priests wanted to evangelize. Unlike most of the other missions in California, Mission San Miguel's appearance is much the same as it was when founded. The inside has never been repainted; the pictures and the colors decorating the six-food thick adobe walls are the originals that were created and painted by Indian artisans under the direction of Esteban Munras of Catalonia, Spain. The physical beauty of the structures and gardens is unparalleled, but among California’s twenty-one Spanish missions, San Miguel is in many ways considered to be the “poor stepson” of the chain, and has until now been lacking a dedicated book. As it is only a short distance from Nazraeli Press’ editorial office and olive farm, we are therefore especially pleased to announce this book, dedicated to the history and present state of Mission San Miguel. With over fifty photographic books to her credit, Melba Levick is well known for her work as an architectural and travel photographer. Her photographs have been published and exhibited across North America and Europe for over thirty years, ranging in subject matter from California ranches and Spanish-style homes, to Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, Mexican gardens, and the colors of India. Ruben G. Mendoza is an archaeologist, author, photographer, and founding faculty member of California State University, Monterey Bay."

If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of Mission San Miguel Arcángel, please place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.

 
Events Posted Nov 15, 2019

Book of the day and book signing tomorrow > Bibliostyle: How We Live At Home With Books

Book of the day and book signing tomorrow! Please join us 4-6 on Saturday to celebrate the beautiful > Bibliostyle: How We Live At Home With Books by Nina Freudenberger. Photographs by Shade Degges, written by Sadie Stein. Published by Clarkson Potter. 

We are delighted to invite you to celebrate the release of a book near and dear to our hearts, the gorgeous BIBLIOSTYLE: HOW WE LIVE AT HOME WITH BOOKS. A collaborative labor of love from author Nina Freudenberger, photographer Shade Degges, and writer Sadie Stein, we're honored to be included in its stunningly beautiful pages along with dear friends, valued clients, esteemed colleagues, and venerable bibliophiles. If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

"A visual delight and an inspiration for every bibliophile with a growing home library, this dream-and-drool design book features some of the most jaw-dropping book collections of homeowners around the world. Interior designer Nina Freudenberger, New Yorker writer Sadie Stein, and Architectural Digest photographer Shade Degges give readers a peek at the private libraries and bookshelves of passionate readers all over the world, including Larry McMurtry, Silvia Whitman of Shakespeare and Co., Gay and Nan Talese, and Emma Straub. Throughout, gorgeous photographs of rooms with rare collections, floor-to-ceiling shelves, and stacks upon stacks of books inspire readers to live better with their own collections."

 

Events Posted Nov 10, 2019

Book Signing 11/23! > Hugh Holland: Silver. Skate.Seventies.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR A BOOK SIGNING SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM HUGH HOLLAND: SILVER. SKATE. SEVENTIES.
 
We're delighted to be hosting photographer Hugh Holland - venerable chronicler of the nascent 1970s local skate scene - to celebrate his latest and perhaps greatest book! And as a bonus, we'll be debuting the release of two brand new WAX Posters (pictured below) featuring his iconic images of youthful four-wheeled abandon.
 
We hope you'll join us to meet and greet Mr. Holland and toast to his documentation of a not-so-distant yet kinder and gentler Southern California. If you cannot attend but wish to purchase any of the WAX posters, a signed copy of the book, or a signed copy of the super-deluxe edition of this most excellent new Chronicle Chroma publication, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.
 
"In the 1970s, photographer Hugh Holland masterfully captured the burgeoning culture of skateboarding against a sometimes harsh but always sunny Southern California landscape. This never-before-published collection showcases his black-and-white photographs that document young skateboarders sidewalk surfing off Mulholland Drive in concrete drainage ditches and empty swimming pools in a drought-ridden Southern California. From suburban backyard haunts to the asphalt streets that connected them, this was the place that inspired the legendary Dogtown and Z-Boys skateboarders. With their requisite bleached-blond hair, tanned bodies, tube socks and Vans, these young outsiders evoke the sometimes reckless but always exhilarating origins of skateboarding lifestyle and culture."
 
Events Posted Nov 10, 2019

Final Fall Events!

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
TODD HIDO: HOUSE HUNTING (REMASTERED)
BOOK SIGNING

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
MELBA LEVICK + RUBEN G. MENDOZA:
MISSION SAN MIGUEL ARCÁNGEL
BOOK SIGNING

 

 

PREVIOUS FALL EVENTS:

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
DEANNA + ED TEMPLETON: NEW SUPER LABO PUBLICATIONS
DUAL BOOK SIGNING

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
WHO IS MICHAEL JANG?
BOOK SIGNING
 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
SANTA MONICA PLEASURE PIER: A LOOK BACK TO 1917 FROM TODAY
BOOK SIGNING WITH AUTHOR MICHAEL MURPHY

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12th, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
CULVER CITY ARTS DISTRICT 2019 "ART WALK & ROLL" FESTIVAL

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
ZANDRA RHODES: FIFTY FABULOUS YEARS IN FASHION
BOOK SIGNING + DISCUSSION
WITH DAME ZANDRA RHODES AND JOAN AGAJANIAN QUINN

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
DIANE KEATON: CALIFORNIA ROMANTICA 
BOOK SIGNING

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
STEVEN REA: THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK CLUB
BOOK SIGNING

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
STEVEN REA: THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK CLUB
BOOK SIGNING

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
SITE: MARMOL RADZINER IN THE LANDSCAPE
BOOK SIGNING & DISCUSSION

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
NINA FREUDENBERGER + SHADE DEGGES: BIBLIOSTYLE
BOOK SIGNING


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23rd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
HUGH HOLLAND: SILVER. SKATE. SEVENTIES.
BOOK SIGNING

 

Events Posted Nov 08, 2019

Book Signing & Discussion, 11/9 at Arcana > SITE: MARMOL RADZINER IN THE LANDSCAPE

Please join us on Saturday, November 9th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM for a book signing and discussion for SITE: MARMOL RADZINER IN THE LANDSCAPE. We are thrilled to be hosting our long-time supporters Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner as they launch their wonderful new book with a book signing and discussion with Architectural Digest's West Coast Editor, Mayer Rus!
 
The spectacular houses of Marmol Radziner merge interior and exterior life as they engage the built and natural environment. With lush photography and an expansive format, Site: Marmol Radziner in the Landscape focuses on the evolving relationship between house and landscape, revealing what the architects describe as "the gradual erasure of boundaries between indoor and outdoor" spaces. This collection of nineteen houses, shown in over two-hundred full-color photographs that will make readers swoon, is organized by habitat--desert, urban, canyon, and woodland--and includes projects in Arizona, Southern California, Utah, Nevada, and the Netherlands. A foreword by novelist Mona Simpson provides a personal reflection on her experiences in a Marmol Radziner house, while an interview with Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner and detailed descriptions of their projects offer insights into the architects' philosophy and process. A brand new, most handsome example of this elegant document additionally SIGNED by Leo Marmol and Ron Radziner in ink.
 
The event is free and open to all! If you can't attend but would like to get a signed copy of this SITE: MARMOL RADZINER IN THE LANDSCAPE please order it here or give us a call at 310-458-1499.
Events Posted Nov 01, 2019

Book of the day today and book signing tomorrow! > THE HOLLYWOOD BOOK CLUB!

Calling all book lovers to Arcana: Books on the Arts Saturday, November 2nd to celebrate the release of our longtime pal - author, and compiler Steven Rea's delightful anthology of the fabulous stars of the Silver Screen and the books they read and/or posed with, The Hollywood Book Club!

If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

"Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Gregory Peck, Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe—the brightest stars of the silver screen couldn't resist curling up with a good book. This unique collection of rare photographs celebrates the joy of reading in classic film style. The Hollywood Book Club captures screen luminaries on set, in films, in playful promotional photos, or in their own homes and libraries with books from literary classics to thrillers, from biographies to children's books, reading with their kids, and more. Featuring fifty-five enchanting images, lively captions about the stars and what they're reading by Hollywood photo archivist Steven Rea, and a glamorous stamped case design, here's a real page-turner for booklovers and cinephiles alike".

 

'The Hollywood Book Club' is a striking collectible, a delight for bibliophiles and cinephiles. The glitz and glamour are palpable, and the photos Rea selected awaken a nostalgia for those golden years of the silver screen. Assume your best movie-star pose, and savor the book on your velvet chaise, leveling its pages with your sauciest gaze. One never knows when a camera is lurking nearby." -The Washington Post

"I, for one, am already craving a sequel." Red Magazine (UK) "Stars on hand include Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, and Audrey Hepburn, to name just a few. If you love movie stills as I do you’ll enjoy this handsome, compact volume." --Leonard Maltin, LeonardMaltin.com

"Who'd have thought reading about people reading books would be such a delight? Of course, it helps if those people are some of the most beautiful ever to have lived. Hollywood expert Steven Rea has collected these stunning pictures of stars of the silver screen with their noses in books, from Grace Kelly to Audrey Hepburn, and put them all together in a fabulous little book you didn't know you needed until now." -Daily Mail (UK)

"L.A. Confidential . . . candid photos and publicity stills showcase the literary interludes of Golden Age actors, from Shirley MacLaine on the set of What a Way to Go! to Dennis Hopper brushing up on technique with An Actor Prepares between takes." -Vanity Fair

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