Events Posted Jun 07, 2023


Please join us Saturday, June 17th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM for a very special book signing with esteemed photographer / publisher / actor / director / skate legend Jason Lee!
Hot off the press from the UK's Stanley / Barker is this elegant document of his 2017 road trip by automobile from his then adopted home in Texas to Los Angeles.
Like all of Mr. Lee's beautiful photography books, this is likely to sell out quickly. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a signed example of TX | CA 17, or our last few copies of his out of print In the Gold Dust Rush or Galveston, please place your order here or call 310-458-1499.
Book of the Day Posted Apr 12, 2023


Please join us Saturday, May 6th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM for a very special book signing with our longtime pal, artist / photographer / skate legend - and all-around awesome human being - Ed Templeton!
Hot off the presses, his latest is the years-in-the-works "Wires Crossed," which documents behind the scenes nearly twenty years of life on the road with some of the most notable skaters of his generation. Publisher Aperture has created a special edition for the event limited to two hundred and fifty copies featuring a special sticker drawn by The Tempster just for Arcana.
"Ed Templeton occupies the rare position of having been a professional skateboarder, a two-time World Skateboarding champion, as well as a photographer and artist working within the skateboard community as it gained increasing cultural currency in the 1990s and beyond. Newly released, 'Wires Crossed' (Aperture, 2023) is part memoir, part document of the DIY, punk-infused subculture of skateboarding in the 1990s and early 2000s. Throughout the book, Templeton (@ed.templeton) offers an insider’s look at a subculture in the making and reflects the unique aesthetic stamp that sprang from the skate world he helped create. Illustrated by photographs, collages, texts, maps, and other ephemera from Templeton’s journals, 'Wires Crossed' pulses with the raw, combustive energy of Templeton’s image-making from the last twenty-plus years."
Events Posted Mar 28, 2023

Book Signing 4/8/23! Casa Santa Fe: Design, Style, Arts, and Tradition

Please join us Saturday, April 8th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM for a book signing with Melba Levick  and Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza. If you cannot attend but would like to order a signed copy, please place your order here or call 310-458-1499.
"Desert hues, natural materials, thick hand-plastered walls, and adobe brick construction are hallmarks of the Santa Fe Style, which is as much an expression in architecture, interior design, art, and crafts as it is a way of life. Rooted in a sense of earthy comfort inspired by its history, the surrounding desert, and Native American and Hispanic design influences, the style has a timeless appeal and vibrant ongoing life that has resulted in these extraordinary homes.
With features such as eighteenth-century peeled vigas, tin chandeliers, romantic iron sconces, and hand-hewn wood-beamed ceilings, each house is a rich yet harmonious invitation that will engage the senses and speak to the soul. Beyond the houses, the writer and photographer spotlight those details and spaces that together convey the magic of this very special place, including patios and gardens; fireplaces, kivas, and hornos; ceramics; Native American arts; cabinets and trasteros; folk art; and weaving.
Casa Santa Fe is the definitive sourcebook for architects, designers, builders, homeowners, and interior decorators seeking to expand their visual repertoire of historically defined and classically inspired architectural details and interior appointments." 
Melba Levick is an internationally renowned photographer based in Los Angeles and Paris, with more than sixty books to her name. Her most recent publications from Rizzoli include The Spanish Style House, The California Missions, The Ranches: Home on the Range in California, The California Casa, and Classic Homes of Los Angeles.
Dr. Rubén G. Mendoza is an archaeologist, photographer, and founding faculty member of the California State University, Monterey Bay. He is the author of several books including The Spanish Style House, The California Missions, and Mission San Miguel Arcángel.


None Posted Mar 28, 2023

Several Essential Books for Every Art Library by Richard Polsky

Guest Blog Entry - Several Essential Books for Every Art Library by Richard Polsky


As the owner of an art authentication service who verifies the work of seven artists, I often rely on my extensive art reference library. Assembling it took a long time and a lot of thought. I initially bought every catalog raisonné, museum retrospective catalog, and biography on each artist who I worked with. The next order of business was to fill out the shelves with rare gallery exhibition catalogs. Once the task was completed, I soon realized that collecting books is an ongoing experience; new publications appear with some regularity. And there is always the unexpected text message from Lee Kaplan announcing he’s uncovered a gem that I didn’t know existed.

Richard Polsky Art Authentication verifies the paintings of: Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Jackson Pollock, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Bill Traylor. The following are some of the books I often refer to which are essential to not only understanding their work, but appreciating their lives. The good news is that the majority of them are easily attainable.


Andy Warhol

The Andy Warhol Diaries by Pat Hackett (Twelve): Compulsive reading which illuminates how Andy’s rich social life often informed his work. After finishing it, you walk away wondering how Andy had time to paint.


Holy Terror by Bob Colacello (Vintage): Mr. Colacello ran Interview magazine, giving him personal access to Andy and his Machiavellian approach to business. Colacello was not only the ultimate insider, but a polished writer.


Death and Disaster by Paul Alexander (Warner): Here’s the sordid tale of the scramble for Andy’s money in the aftermath of his death. Death and Disaster also offers a poignant portrait of Fred Hughes, Andy’s savvy business manager.


Popism by Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett (Mariner Books): Gossip-oriented coverage of Andy’s life during the 1960s (in Andy’s own words). Warhol’s candor about becoming famous is both touching and revealing.


Andy Warhol A Retrospective by Knynaston McShine (MoMA): The Museum of Modern Art mounted a full-dress Andy Warhol retrospective not long after he died; here are the glorious results.


Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat: A Quick Killing in Art by Phoebe Hoban (Penguin): This is by far the best biographic treatment of Jean-Michel’s short but enormously productive life. The tone of Ms. Hoban’s writing is pitch perfect.


Jean-Michel Basquiat 1981: The Studio of the Street by Jeffrey Deitch (Charta): Deitch assembled a group of interviews with some of the prime movers in the downtown New York art and music scene - all of whom knew Basquiat personally. The Studio of the Street perfectly captures the spirit of Basquiat’s seminal days in the East Village.


Basquiat by Marc Mayer (Merrell): This catalog accompanied one of Basquiat’s earliest posthumous retrospective exhibitions - which took place at the Brooklyn Museum. It presents a strong pictorial overview of his paintings with a particular emphasis on his equally superb drawings.


Keith Haring

Keith Haring Journals by Keith Haring (Penguin): Keith’s story in his own words, filled with insights and truths. You walk away thinking that not only was he a terrific artist, but perhaps an even better person.


Keith Haring by Jeffrey Deitch, Julia Gruen, and Suzanne Geiss (Rizzoli): This is a massive pink coffee table book with an in-depth overview of Keith’s diverse body of work accompanied by many candid photographs of the artist.


Keith Haring 31 Subway Drawings by Larry Warsh (Princeton University Press): A slim but important volume which illustrates the artist’s iconic “Subway Drawings” - the bedrock on which his oeuvre lies.


Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock by Kirk Varnedoe (MoMA and Tate): The late, great Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art gives us a well-curated overview of Jackson Pollock’s historic achievement. But the illustrations of his “greatest hits” are the real treat here.


Jackson Pollock: An American Saga by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith (Harper): This is a lengthy, painstakingly assembled anecdotal biography that became the basis of the excellent movie Pollock, staring Marcia Gay Harden and Ed Harris. It’s also the best of the Jackson Pollock biographies.


Pollock Painting by Hans Namuth  (Agrinde). This a book that you definitely buy for the pictures. Pollock gave Namuth full access to photograph him while he flung his skeins of paint. There’s also a short companion video by Hans Namuth of Jackson Pollock in action that can be accessed on Google.


Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses by Barbara Buhler Lynes and Agapita Judy Lopez (Abrams): Ms. O’Keeffe, who had two residences nestled in the rugged New Mexican landscape, found inspiration in both locations. This book’s evocative photographs emphasize the vibe of each space and ultimately makes you want to visit the “Land of Enchantment.”


Georgia O’Keeffe by Roxana Robinson (Brandeis University Press): There have been numerous biographies on Georgia O’Keeffe’s remarkable long life. All are good; Robinson’s is excellent.


Georgia O’Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné by Barbara Buhler Lynes (Yale): Most catalogues raisonné are expensive; and while this lavish two volume slipcased set has recently gone out of print, this one is still a relative bargain. For the true Georgia O’Keeffe aficionado who wants to totally immerse himself in her work.


Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein by Diane Waldman (Guggenheim Museum): Surprisingly, no one has written a biography on one of the most consistent (at the highest level) artists of the twentieth century. Diane Waldman’s lavishly illustrated coffee table book will have to do for now.


Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective by James Rondeau and Sheena Wagstaff (Yale):  A nice companion volume to Diane Waldman’s Guggenheim tome. Chock full of great illustrations.


The Drawings of Roy Lichtenstein by Bernice Rose (Museum of Modern Art): A compendium of the most overlooked aspect of Lichtenstein’s oeuvre. His drawings were small gems which provided insight into his working process.


Bill Traylor

Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor by Leslie Umberger (Princeton): If you’re going to own only one book on Bill Traylor, this is it. Traylor gets the retrospective treatment here and the results are thrilling. His work and life have become a legitimate art world myth.


Bill Traylor by Frank Maresca and Roger Ricco (Knopf). The Ricco / Maresca Gallery was an early champion of Traylor’s art and assembled the first serious book devoted to his work.


These excellent titles selected by our longtime Arcana friend and supporter come and go with some frequency at the shop. Should you have an interest in acquiring any - or all - of them, please drop us a line at and we'll let you know what we have in stock


Richard Polsky is the proprietor of Richard Polsky Art Authentication: He is also an accomplished contemporary art dealer and the author of a number of books on the art market including I Bought Andy Warhol and I Sold Andy Warhol (too soon). Richard is based in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Events Posted Mar 14, 2023

Join us Sunday, March 26th for a Discussion and Book Signing with Isis Aquarian, Jodi Wille and Charlie KItchings for "The Source Family Scrapbook!"

We are delighted to invite you to attend a very special Sunday afternoon presentation with authors Isis Aquarian, Jodi Wille, and Charlie Kitchings to celebrate the publication of Family: The Source Family Scrapbook. Panel moderated by FAMILY associate editor Steffie Nelson.
For the event the four will host an exhibition of rare photographs and printed materials from the Source Family Archive housed at the UC Santa Barbara Library's Special Research Collections, engage in a discussion about the Family and the book, and sign copies afterwards. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a signed copy of this, or one of the other Source Family items we will be offering in limited supply, please place your order here, or call 310-458-1499.
Isis Aquarian is the Source Family’s archivist. As one of Father’s fourteen wives, she photographed and filmed Father and the Source Family, recorded audio, maintained scrapbooks, and helped manage the Family business. She is co-founder and Vice-President of the Source Foundation, and was an associate producer of The Source Family documentary. Isis has published her award-winning memoir, The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod: Ya Ho Wa 13 and The Source Family," and produced the record “Isis: The Crone." She has supervised the release of other Source Family music, created a Source Family comic book, and her own tee shirt line.
Jodi Wille is a filmmaker and curator known for her work exploring American subcultures. She is director of the feature documentary The Source Family, and the Co-Founder and editor of book publishing companies Otherworld, Process Media, and Dilettante Press. She has edited and published a number of award-winning books including The Source: The Untold Story of Father Yod, YaHoWha 13, and The Source Family; Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts!; Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives 1961-1971; and Starstruck: Photographs from a Fan, by amateur photographer Gary Lee Boas. She has curated numerous museum and gallery exhibitions related to her book and film projects in Los Angeles, New York, Baltimore, Portland, and London.
Charlie Kitchings is an independent curator and art advisor. He founded AMBACH & RICE in 2009 and organized over fifty exhibits during the gallery’s six-year tenure in Seattle and Los Angeles. He is currently a partner in record manufacturing company SunPress Vinyl.


None Posted Feb 15, 2023


NO TRESPASSING is a limited edition calendar created by Ariella Starkman and Jen Brill for Planned Parenthood of Greater New York to help fund resources for those seeking compassionate, nonjudgmental abortion services.

A 2023 monthly calendar for Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. Featuring the work of: Fumiko Imano, Maggie Lee, Catherine Opie, Farah Al Qasimi, Louise Bourgeois, Janiva Ellis, Ana Mendieta, Jenny Holzer, Lauren Greenfield, LaKela Brown, Faith Ringgold, Marilyn Minter.

Foreword by Paloma Elsesser.

Edition of 500
100% of proceeds to be donated to Planned Parenthood and its services.
Planned Parenthood of Greater New York is building a world where all communities have full access to innovative, high-quality, affordable, evidence-based sexual and reproductive health services, which will always include abortion, whenever, wherever, and however they are needed.
They are the leading provider, educator, and advocate of sexual and reproductive health care in New York State. PPGNY offers a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services at its 23 health centers across 65% of New York State. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPGNY supports legislation and policies that ensure all New Yorkers, and beyond, have access to the full range of reproductive health services and education. 
In direct response to the Supreme Court’s dangerous decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, proceeds from the sale of this calendar will be directed to meet the demand for increased abortion availability at PPGNY, who strive to decrease appointment wait times and maximize resources to care for New Yorkers as well as people traveling to NY from other states to seek compassionate, nonjudgmental abortion services.  
Book of the Day Posted Feb 04, 2023

Book of the day > Stephen Shore Topographies: Aerial Surveys of the American Landscape

Topographies: Aerial Surveys of the American Landscape presents the latest body of work from Stephen Shore: a series of photographs shot by drone from 2020 onwards, which reveal in arresting detail the interplay of natural and man-made landscapes in Montana, North Carolina, New York, and beyond.
In this new body of work, Shore revisits the original ambitions of the renowned 1975 exhibition ‘New Topographics’, using a new aerial viewpoint to consider afresh the concerns of the movement – the objective, the commonplace, and the relationship of the natural and man-made in the American landscape – reflecting on how these might be applied in the twenty-first century.
As much as exploring the formal possibilities of the aerial photograph, Topographies displays a glorious dedication to detail and surprise, in which the slightest bend of a river or turn of a shadow uncovers the textures and colours of America’s urban and suburban landscapes, all investigated with Shore’s signature rigour.
Events Posted Jan 24, 2023

Black Mass + LAXART at Arcana

We are excited to announce an in person discussion between LAXART's director Hamza Walker and Yusuf Hassan and Kwamé Sorrell of BlackMass Publishing. This Saturday, January 28th, 4pm.

Founded by Yusuf Hassan in 2019, BlackMass Publishing is a New York-based collective and independent press. At once a structure of coherent units and a collection of disjointed parts, BlackMass invokes an aggregate of Blackness, of matter in resistance. Combining archival photographs and found print material with poetry and jazz music, BlackMass grapples with the blurred lines and idiosyncrasies which make up the collective improvisation of African diasporic culture.

BlackMass have publications included in the permanent book collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York, RAW Material Company, Dakar, Center for Book Arts, New York, The Thomas J. Watson Library, New York, The Whitney Museum Library, New York, The Houghton Library, Cambridge, The Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, New York, The New York Public Library, and The Evergreen State College, Washington.

Their discussion will be held at Arcana Books in Culver City on January 28th at 4pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Miscellany Posted Jan 20, 2023

Please help Gusmano

If you are able to, please consider a contribution to help our friend Gusmano Cesaretti. Gusmano is a fabulous artist and could use your support in any amount to help him keep his studio.
You can read more about Gusmano and make a contribution on go fund me here.
Thank you.



Events Posted Jan 04, 2023


We are delighted to invite you to a book signing for Lawrence Weschler's brand new Hat & Beard publication, A Trove of Zohars. For the event Mr. Weschler will be joined by photographer and early-photographic process historian Stephen Berkman for a discussion about the book and the shrouded-in-mystery Zohar Studios. If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a signed copy, please place your order here, or call 310-458-1499.
"So Lawrence Weschler was minding his own business, as all his stories begin, when he got a call from Gravity Goldberg (her real name!) who introduced herself as the Director of Public Programs and Visitor Experience at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. She was calling, she told him, to apprise him of an upcoming show - an inaugural exhibition, that is, of a recently uncovered trove of work by Shimmel Zohar, a mid-19th-century Lithuanian immigrant photographer. A contemporary of Mathew Brady, Zohar had chronicled the Jewish immigrant community of the Lower East Side of 1860s - 1870s Manhattan in unparalleled detail, compiling a complete inventory of professions and types. Or not. There was, she suggested, some slippage in the whole story, and they were trying to find someone who might be willing to investigate things, and they were wondering, might he be interested?
Thus begins an antic tale of investigative perplex and vertiginous inquiry, as Weschler tracks down Stephen Berkman, the wet-collodion devotee who claims to have discovered the trove in question, but it’s a long and loopy story. And indeed, Weschler’s account evolves into the fourth volume of his ongoing “Chronicles of Slippage” series, doing for the early history of photography and the long heritance of Judaism what the series’ first volume, the Pulitzer-shortlisted Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder, once did for the history of museums and the phenomenology of marvel.
And that’s just the half of it, for the main text sprouts a veritable delirium of digressive footnotes (taking up more than half the book), constituting what may be the closest we are going to ever get by way of memoir from this confounding and beloved writer."