Events Posted May 21, 2017

Book signing, discussion and MORE > Salad For President - Sunday, 6/4, 3-5

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL AFTERNOON OF:

NUDE FIGURE AND VEGETABLE LIFE DRAWING

ROSÉ SIPPING,

BOOK SIGNING,

CONVERSATION WITH JULIA SHERMAN + EVAN KLEIMAN

and, of course, SALAD

 

S A L A D   F O R   P R E S I D E N T

A COOKBOOK INSPIRED BY ARTISTS

BY JULIA SHERMAN

SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH, 3:00-5:00 PM

 

A salad is a composition. I am perfectly happy to see cars or clouds or salads as artworks. It’s what you do with them and how you contextualize them that matters.”—Laurie Anderson

 

The creator of the immensely popular Salad for President blog presents a visually rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists/creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters. Sherman loves salad, and she encourages her readers to consider it an everyday indulgence that can include cocktails, soups, family style brunch dishes, and dinner-party entrées.

 

Salad—with its infinite possibilities—is a game of endless combinations, not stifling rules. And with that in mind, Salad for President offers a window into how artists approach preparing their favorite dishes. Sherman visits sculptors, painters, photographers, and musicians in their homes and gardens, interviewing and photographing them as they cook. Utterly unique in its look into the worlds of food, art, and everyday practices, Salad for President is at once a practical resource for healthy, satisfying recipes and an inspiring look at creativity

 

Please join us Sunday, June 4th between 3:00 and 5:00 PM for this extra special event as we celebrate the publication of Ms. Sherman's fantastic new Abrams book: Salad For President!

 

Q + A between Ms. Sherman and Evan Kleiman will begin around 3:30, concurrent with the nude figure and vegetable life drawing. Listen, sketch from life, snack on Sherman's Mexican Fruit Salad (recipe from the book!) and raise a glass! Bring your own art supplies or use the charcoal and newsprint that we will have.

 

If you are unable to attend but would like a signed copy, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted May 20, 2017

Tomorrow! > Book Launch for solid objectives: order, edge, aura, May 21st at Arcana!

LA Forum is proud to join with Arcana: Books on the Arts in hosting a publication launch for local design and architecture office SO-IL, who are presenting their first monograph, "solid objectives: order, edge, aura" 

Featuring a collection of built and unbuilt projects, texts, processes and experiments from the firm’s first eight years of work (2008-2016), the book proposes an architecture that requires interpretation. The publication is at once a visual and textual manifesto that introduces an attitude towards the design and realization of architecture in an interconnected environment. 

The event will feature SO-IL's Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu in discussion with Johnston Marklee's Mark Lee.
 

Events Posted May 10, 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 or Regarding Cocktails?
Click here!
 

 

 

 

 

Events Posted May 10, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ARCANA!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ARCANA!

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Sunday, May 21st, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
FLORIAN IDENBURG + JING LIU OF SO-IL: SOLID OBJECTIVES
IN CONVERSATION WITH MARK LEE AND IWAN BAAN

Sunday, June 4th, 3:00 to 5:00
JULIA SHERMAN: SALAD FOR PRESIDENT -
A COOKBOOK INSPIRED BY ARTISTS

BOOK SIGNING, LIVE FIGURE-WITH-VEGETABLES DRAWING CLASS,
WINE, AND - OF COURSE - SALAD

Saturday, June 10th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
QUEER THREADS: CRAFTING IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY
WITH AUTHOR JOHN CHAICH


Saturday, June 10th, 12:00 to 6:00 PM
THIS MODERN LIFE - DAY OF DESIGN AT HELMS BAKERY

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 May 03, 2017

Book Signing with Harold Bronson for "My British Invasion" Sunday, May 14th from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at Arcana!

Join Us Sunday, May 14th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM for 

HAROLD BRONSON: MY BRITISH INVASION

 

Harold Bronson grew up in Los Angeles as a passionate Anglophile. Through his career first as a music journalist, then as a label executive, Harold met and befriended many of those performers whose music he loved. With his newly released My British Invasion from Rare Bird Books, Harold pens his insider's account of London's cultural youthquake of the sixties and seventies that brought us The Yardbirds, The Dave Clark Five, Manfred Mann, Herman's Hermits, The Hollies, The Kinks, The Troggs, The Zombies, Johnny Rotten, Pirate Radio, and much, much more. A co-founder of the legendary Rhino Records label, Harold is the author of Rock Explosion: The British Invasion of America in Photos 1962-67, Hey, Hey, We’re The Monkees, and The Rhino Records Story: Revenge of the Music Nerds.

Come to Arcana Sunday, May 14th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to meet and reminisce with Harold Bronson, twist and shout, and dine on humanely raised, grass-fed hot dogs from our friends “Let’s Be Frank”. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a signed copy of My British Invasion please click here or call us at 310-458-1499.

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 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 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. 

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