Events Posted Nov 25, 2017


We're launching our beautiful MACK exhibition today between 4 and 6 at the bookstore. 


Please join us as we raise a glass to welcome publisher Michael Mack and celebrate Small Business Saturday with the launch of a very special exhibition of books, prints, and special editions spanning the history of his eminent London-based publishing house. Virtually the entire MACK catalogue will be for sale, including special editions with prints, rare volumes from the archives, and hot-off-the-press-titles. MACK has produced a lovely little catalogue limited to one hundred copies specially for the event that will be included on a first come, first served basis - one per customer - with each purchase of one hundred dollars! Also, a stylish "Ravens" black canvas book bag will accompany each copy of the lovely new reissue of Masahisa Fukase's photobook classic. Guests in attendance will be photographers Thomas Demand, Anthony Hernandez, Torbjørn Rødland, Fumi Ishino, and more. This MACKstravaganza will continue through December 24th with additional book signings, discussions, and special events. See you later today to kick off the Holiday shopping season, and stay tuned for forthcoming event details! If you cannot attend but covet something from the MACK universe (see the list of treasures below), please write, or call us at 310-458-1499.


Gathered Leaves - Alec Soth


Gathered Leaves Postcards - Alec Soth


Sleeping by the Mississippi - Alec Soth


Sleeping by the Mississippi Special Edition - Alec Soth


Songbook - Alec Soth


Photography Against the Grain - Allan Sekula


Corbeau - Anne Golaz


Mrs Merryman's…(First Book Award) - Anne Sophie Merryman


Forever - Anthony Hernandez


Rodeo Drive - Anthony Hernandez


Collotype Portfolio - Benrido


Beyond Maps and Atlases - Bertien van Manen


Easter and Oak - Bertien van Manen


I Will Be Wolf - Bertien van Manen


Let’s Sit Down - Bertien van Manen


Let’s Sit Down Special Edition - Bertien van Manen


Moonshine - Bertien van Manen


Holy Bible, 2nd edition - Broomberg + Chanarin


Gasoline - Campany, David


The Flying Carpet - Cesare Fabbri


Redheaded Peckerwood - Christian Patterson


I went to the worst of bars… (First Book Award) - Ciaran Og Arnold


Girl Plays With Snake - Clare Strand


8 Women - Collier Schorr


Blumen - Collier Schorr


Jens F - Collier Schorr


Neighbors - Collier Schorr


There I was - Collier Schorr


A Handful of Dust - David Campany


Nothing's in Vain (First Book Award) - Emmanuelle Andrianjafy


Pandora's camera - Joan Fontcuberta


Rowing a Tetrapod - Fumikazu Ishino


For Every Minute You Are Angry You Lose Sixty Seconds of Your Life - Julian Germain


ZZYZX Special Edition - Beach - Gregory Halpern


ZZYZX second printing - Gregory Halpern


Preganziol - Guido Guidi


Veramente - Guido Guidi


NYPLT unique edition - Jason Evans


Nature of Photography - Joan Fontcuberta


Imitation of Christ - Jones, William E


For Every Minute Special Edition - Julian Germain


Unnamed Road - Jungjin Lee


The Last Cosmology (trade) - Kawada, Kikuji


The Home Front - Ken Graves


A Glass Darkly - Kevin Lear


The Last Cosmology Special Edition - Kikuji Kawada


Nothing but Clouds - Kristina Jurotschkin


Pictures from Home - Larry Sultan


Kodachrome Reprint - Luigi Ghirri


Luigi Ghirri Postcard Set - Luigi Ghirri


The Complete Essays 1973–1991 - Luigi Ghirri


Do You Get Me? - Mahtab Hussein


Ocenaomania - Mark Dion


Message from the Exterior - Mark Ruwedel


Message from the Exterior Special Edition - Mark Ruwedel


Another Language Special Edition SET - Mårten Lange


The Mechanism - Mårten Lange


A partial Eclipse - Martin Boyce


A Partial Eclipse Special Edition - Martin Boyce


Hibi - Masahisa Fukase


Ravens [Hardback] - Masahisa Fukase


Transparency is the new mystery - Mayumi Hosokura


What the living carry - Morgan Ashcom


The Whiteness of the Whale - Paul Graham


a shimmer of possibility - Paul Graham


The Present - Paul Graham


The Present Special Edition - Paul Graham


Between the Shell (First Book Award) - Paul Salveson


FROWST [First Book Award] - Piotrowska, Joanna


Incoming - Richard Mosse


Le Luxe - Roe Ethridge


Neigbors - Roe Ethridge


Sacrifice Your Body - Roe Ethridge


Shelter Island - Roe Ethridge


Rockaway, NY - Roe Ethridge


Lago - Ron Jude


Lick Creek Line - Ron Jude


Nausea - Ron Jude


Deep Springs - Sam Contis


The Swamp (First Book Award) - Sofia Borges


Buon Fresco Special Edition - Tacita Dean


The Narcissistic City - Takashi Homma


Blossom - Thomas Demand


The Dailies - Thomas Demand


La Carte - Thomas Demand


Nationalgalerie - Thomas Demand


The Dailies - Thomas Demand


Nature & Politics - Thomas Struth


Confabulations - Torbjørn Rødland


The Model - Torbjørn Rødland


I want to live innocent - Torbjørn Rødland


Vanilla Partner - Torbjørn Rødland


White Planet Black Heart - Torbjørn Rødland


My Kingdom - Txema Salvans


She dances on Jackson  Vanessa Winship



Events Posted Nov 21, 2017

Meet Publisher Michael Mack and Special Guests This Saturday Between 4:00 and 6:00 PM at the Opening Reception for our MACK Exhibition and Sale!

Please join us this coming Saturday, November 25th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM as we raise a glass to celebrate the launch of a very special exhibition of books, prints, and special editions spanning the history of the eminent London-based publishing house, MACK. Among the guests in attendance will be publisher Michael Mack, photographers Thomas DemandAnthony HernandezTorbjørn RødlandFumi Ishino, and more! This MACKstravaganza will continue through December 24th with rarities for sale, book signings, discussions, and special events. See you Saturday and stay tuned for forthcoming event details!

Events Posted Nov 17, 2017

MACK at Arcana

Please join us this coming Saturday, November 25th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM as we raise a glass to celebrate the launch of a very special exhibition of books, prints, and special editions spanning the history of the eminent London-based publishing house, MACK. Among the guests in attendance will be publisher Michael Mack, photographers Thomas Demand, Anthony Hernandez, Torbjørn Rødland, Fumi Ishino, and more! This MACKstravaganza will continue through December 24th with rarities for sale, book signings, discussions, and special events. See you Saturday and stay tuned for forthcoming event details!



Events Posted Oct 31, 2017

Book Signing & DIscussion, Sunday 11/12, 3:00 - 5:00 > EMILY SPIVACK: WORN IN NEW YORK




"The boots a passenger had on when his plane landed on the Hudson River, the tank top Andy Warhol’s assistant wore to one of their nightclub outings together, the jacket a taxi driver put on to feel safe as he worked the night shift..."

These and over sixty other clothing-inspired narratives make up Worn in New York - the latest volume from New York Times bestselling author Emily Spivack. In these first-person accounts, contributors in and out of the public eye share surprising, personal, wild, poignant, and funny stories behind a piece of clothing that reminds them of a significant moment of their New York lives. Worn in New York offers a contemporary cultural history of the city - its changing identity, temper, and tone, and its irrepressible vitality - by paying tribute to these well-loved clothes and the people who wore them.

Included are contributions from Adam Horovitz, Amy Heckerling, Andre Royo, Anna Sui, Aubrey Plaza, Catherine Opie, Coco Rocha, Dick Cavett, Eileen Myles, Fab 5 Freddy, Gay Talese, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, J.D. Samson, Jenji Kohan, Jenna Lyons, Kyp Malone, Lena Dunham, Pee Wee Kirkland, Thelma Golden, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, and many, many more.

Emily Spivack is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and editor who writes a recurring column for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Come to Arcana on Sunday, November 12th between 3:00 and 5:00 PM to celebrate the publication of Worn In New York, and enjoy a conversation with the author and contributors including producer Alicia Van Couvering and writer + artist Mel Shimkovitz! If you cannot attend and would like to purchase a signed copy, please click here, or call us at 310-458-1499.


Events Posted Oct 06, 2017

Book Signing + Exhibition > Hunted & Gathered" with Senon Williams AND Culver City Arts District Art Walk!

Los Angeles native Senon Williams is a lifelong artist and musician. A founding member of the always-engaging Dengue Fever, Williams’ visual work finds space in the natural, exposing outstanding and devastating stages of human evolution. “To provoke thought, a question works better than answers. I enjoy to start a story I resolve in different ways depending on my mood". With imagery ranging from stark silhouettes to lush landscapes and human forms staged in undetermined acts of hope, his pairing of words and imagery form a poignant visualization of the inherent human struggle both ancient and contemporary. 

Williams' first book, "Hunted & Gathered" was painstakingly produced by Hamilton Press. The press was established in 1990 by master printmaker Ed Hamilton and artist Ed Ruscha to encourage artists to produce art in a peaceful, unhurried atmosphere. Steeped in traditional book making in a modern age, each publication itself is a fine object created by an esteemed team. Designed by Lorraine Wild and Marina Mills Kitchen of Green Dragon Office with color separations by Echelon Color, Santa Monica and printed by Dr.Cantz’sche Druckerei Median GmbH in Ostfildern, Germany, the first edition consists of seven hundred hardbound copies along with a deluxe edition of limited to fifty copies containing an original work on paper by the artist. Both editions will be available at the event and are available pre-order now. 

Come to Arcana on Saturday October 7th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to celebrate the publication "Hunted & Gathered", view an exhibition of Senon Williams' artwork, and partake in the afternoon's Culver City Arts District Art Walk! If you cannot attend and would like to purchase a signed copy of either - or both - of the editions, please click here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

Events Posted Jun 19, 2017

Book signing + discussion > Echoes of Bhutan - Saturday, 6/24, 4-6

SATURDAY JUNE 24th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM





Echoes of Bhutan is the first fine art publication from Los Angeles-based photographer Barry Shaffer. Compiled during Mr. Shaffer's visits to Bhutan in 2001, 2014, and 2015 as a private citizen, a photographer for the Tribal Trust Foundation, and at the invitation of Bhutan’s government and travel Industry, the stunning photographs are accompanied by written contributions from Dr. Robert Thurman, Bhutan’s Queen Mother, Bhutan’s Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Honorable Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, National Geographic editor Costas Christ, and Samten Wangchuk. The book has been selected to receive its Asian release at the “Mountain Echoes International Literary Festival" in Thimphu, Bhutan in August 2017. All proceeds from the sales of Echoes of Bhutan will benefit Bhutan’s Tarayana Foundation.


Please join us Saturday, June 24th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to welcome Echoes of Bhutan authors Barry and Barbara Shaffer.

If you cannot attend and would like to purchase a signed copy, please click here or call us at 310-458-1499.



Events Posted Jun 13, 2017

Book Signing, Panel, + Performance! > DAN HICKS: I SCARE MYSELF - A MEMOIR


SUNDAY, JUNE 18th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM


Book Signing, Panel Discussion, and Performance

with editor Kristine McKenna,

Hot Licks guitarist Paul Robinson,

Van Dyke Parks, Maria Muldaur, and Jim Kweskin!


Please join us on Sunday, June 18th for a special event to celebrate the publication of the late, great Dan Hicks' autobiography I Scare Myself. Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of “The Summer of Love”, Dan’s editor and close collaborator Kristine McKenna will be signing copies of the book and moderating a panel discussion about Dan’s life and music featuring Van Dyke Parks, Maria Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, and Hot Licks guitarist Paul Robinson. There will also be a short musical performance by the participants following the discussion. 


Dan Hicks didn’t have his heart set on a career in music. It all just sort of happened to him. It didn’t hurt, of course, that he was in the right place at the right time - San Francisco, 1966 - and had a front-row seat for the birth and death of the counterculture.


Among other things, I Scare Myself is a classic story of the sixties. More importantly, though, it’s a story of musical genius. By the time “The Summer of Love” limped to a close in the fall of ’67, Dan Hicks had quit The Charlatans - the pioneering psych-rock band with whom he played the drums - and turned to jazz; the music he’d secretly loved all along, as he began building his own band.


“I just started taking ingredients I liked and putting them together to see what came out,” he writes. What came out was an amazing blend of complex time signatures, unusual instrumentation, and intricate vocal harmonies that took him to the top of the seventies rock world as well as a downward spiral of drink and drug abuse.


Dan details it all with wit and candor in I Scare Myself Emerging from a long wilderness, he eventually returned to recording and performing, making a number of acclaimed albums, including Beatin’ The Heat, a set of duets with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, and more. Along the way, his music continued to subtly permeate the culture, turning up everywhere from The Sopranos to commercials for Levi’s and Bic.


Though he passed away in early 2016, Dan’s music, and the stories he tells here, remain as fresh and irresistible as ever. Combining those stories with dozens of rare photographs and a detailed discography by esteemed writer and critic Kristine McKenna, I Scare Myself takes readers on a journey behind the music, and into the life and mind of the fantastic artist who created it.


If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of I Scare Myself signed by Kristine McKenna please click here or call us at 310-458-1499.



Events Posted Jun 08, 2017

Book signing + Exhibition > Queer Threads - Saturday, 6/10, 4-6 !


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


Join us Saturday, June 10th  for a book signing and exhibition with John Chaich as part of the Design Field Day at Helms! We'll be showing work from Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community and enjoying treats from our own Culver City community -  a special cocktail from Bar & Garden and the ice cream stylings of CoolHaus!

The exhibition, running through June 24th, will feature work by five Los Angeles-based artists. On view will be fiber and textile work by Diedrick Brackens, Ben Cuevas, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Maria E. Pineres, and Nathan Vincent. Spanning video to soft sculpture and wall-work, the pieces on view range from  life-sized knit and crochet urinals to a stop-motion animation based on needle-point scenes from RuPaul's "Supermodel" video.

Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community spotlights an international, inter-generational, inter-sectional mix of thirty artists who are remixing fiber craft traditions such as crochet, embroidery, quilting, and sewing while reconsidering the binaries of art and craft, masculine and feminine, and gay and straight.

Designed by Todd Oldham and edited by John Chaich, Queer Threads features full-color spreads of each artist's work, intimate details of selections and artist studios, and an introductory essay by Mr. Chaich, who curated the exhibition of the same name that inspired the book.

To further examine how queerness informs their work in fiber and textiles, the artists are interviewed by makers and thinkers from the worlds of dance, design, fashion, media, music, museums, scholarship, and more - many of whom are members of the LGBTQ community themselves and otherwise passionate allies. Queer Threads is not just an exploration of fiber art and crafts, but also a celebration of the creativity, diversity, and vibrancy of contemporary queer culture.

If you are unable to attend but would like a copy of Queer Threads signed by author and editor John Chaich,  please place your order on our website here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

The exhibition will be on display through June 24th. 


The Helms-wide "Design Field Day: This Modern Life" will be running all day Saturday. There are dozens of panels, specials, workshops, demonstrations, tastings throughout the Helms "campus" from 12 to 6. Here's a link to the schedule, including a panel lead by KCRW's Frances Anderton. Attendees can enter the "This Modern LIie" sweepstakes to win chairs from Vitra, lamps from Louis Poulson,  a gift certificate from Arcana, and more!


Events Posted Jun 01, 2017

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






and, of course, SALAD


S A L A D   F O R   P R E S I D E N T



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 in collaboration with Aesop, 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.