Events Posted Oct 03, 2019

Book Signing 10/5/19, 4-6 > WHO IS MICHAEL JANG?

 

PLEASE JOIN US ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5TH,
4:00 - 6:00 PM
FOR A BOOK SIGNING WITH MICHAEL JANG

 

Michael Jang spent nearly four decades working as a successful commercial portrait photographer. Unbeknown to the world, however, he was assembling a vast archive of thousands of remarkable images, authoring several now-iconic series: The Jangs (1973), Beverly Hilton (1973), San Francisco (1973–1987), Summer Weather (1983), College (1972–1973), Punks & Poets (1978–1980), and Garage Band (2001). Jang revealed nothing of that vast archive for almost 40 years until 2001, when he submitted a number of images for consideration to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art. His work attracted immediate acclaim, and for the past fifteen years he has revealed those images in a series of national and international exhibitions and books. The artist’s first major monograph, Who Is Michael Jang? - pubslished by Atelier Éditions - introduced by long-time collaborator and SFMoMA curator emerita of photography, Sandra S. Phillips, offers readers an eagerly anticipated examination of Jang’s truly idiosyncratic oeuvre.

The monograph launches in tandem with Jang’s first major retrospective exhibition, Michael Jang’s California, curated by Sandra S. Phillips. On view September 27th, 2019 to January 18th, 2020 at McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (San Francisco, CA).

 

If you cannot attend, you will never really know who Michael Jang is.

However, you still may purchase a signed copy of Who Is Michael Jang? and we will send it to you. Place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499

Events Posted Oct 03, 2019

Book Signing 10/12/19 > Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today 1917

Please join us on Saturday, October 12th during the annual @culvercityartsdistrict art walk for an event with Michael Murphy & Jens Lucking for Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today. “Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today” is a side-by-side comparison that juxtaposes the past and present in ways that puts today’s landscape in the greater historical play. Scores of vintage images appearing in a 1917 ‘Prospectus Book’ - created by its then owner, Mr. Looff (who built the first carousel) hoping to sell shares in his Santa Monica “Pleasure Pier" - now archived in the Stephen Raul Anaya Collection present a rare and mostly unseen look at the attraction and its surroundings. No detail goes unturned for this historical treasure trove which is clearly a labor of love. It is with great pleasure that we share and celebrate this book with you as this 1917 collection of images serves as a reminder of our own continuity, specifically as it relates to time and place, in the case one of most popular and traveled destinations on the West Coast.

 

Author Michael Murphy is a former agency Senior Art Director gone independent design professional. He has had the privilege to design a traveling exhibition called "Vedem Underground" that the Smithsonian Institution hailed as one of the ten “Don’t Miss…” new exhibits. Last year in collaboration with his photographic partner Jens Lucking, he created a book and exhibition about Santa Monica in 1902. He is currently focusing his efforts launching LookBackArt.com.

 

Ever since his uncle presented him with a $5.00 camera on his tenth birthday, Jens Lucking has not left the house without a camera, and has turned his passion into his profession. His award-winning photographs have been featured in worldwide publications and exhibited in galleries and museums in Europe and North America. Most recently, Jens was recognized at the International Photography Awards at Carnegie Hall for his contribution to “Santa Monica Pleasure Pier: A Look Back to 1917 from Today."

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

 

Events Posted Sep 20, 2019

DEANNA & ED TEMPLETON AT ARCANA, 9/28/19!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL DUAL SIGNING

ED TEMPLETON: CITY CONFESSIONS #1: TOKYO + DEANNA TEMPLETON: YESTERDAY

Come to the shop on Saturday, September 28th for refreshments in air-conditioned splendor to meet, greet, and hang with perennial Arcana favorites - and all-around lovely folks - Deanna and Ed Templeton as they sign their hot-off-the-presses Japanese releases from Super Labo! If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of either "City Confessions #1: Tokyo" or "Yesterday" place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499. And while you're at it, add some some selections from our rapidly dwindling supply of older and hard to find titles from Huntington Beach's finest here.

 

 

Events Posted Aug 27, 2019

Billy Al Bengston Book Signing at Arcana, 9/7!

PLEASE JOIN US SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM BILLY AL BENGSTON: PAINTINGS & WATERCOLORS FOR A BOOK SIGNING + DISCUSSION WITH JOAN AGAJANIAN QUINN 

 

For more than sixty years Billy Al Bengston has been an innovative and integral part of the Southern California cultural scene. A member of the original group of Los Angeles artists to exhibit at Ferus Gallery, Mr. Bengston has made a name for himself over the decades in the varied worlds of contemporary art, surfing, and dirt-track motorcycle racing. From his early Dentos and Finish / Fetish pieces to delicate watercolors of Dracula bearded irises and beyond, his work remains remarkably vibrant and ever-inventive. He has been the subject of several major museum retrospectives, but until now there has never been a single comprehensive book to fully do justice to his prolific body of work. At long last, from Galerie Neuendorf comes that tome - Billy Al Bengston: Paintings & Watercolors! Weighing in at five pounds, this lavishly illustrated hardbound volume features hundreds of works spanning 1957 through 2016, and contains a detailed chronology, exhibition history, bibliography, collections listing, and more. So, make plans to be at Arcana Saturday afternoon, September 7th to quaff refreshments, enjoy the air conditioning, and greet the iconic and outspoken Billy Al as he signs his new book and participates in a question and answer session moderated by the equally iconic Joan Agajanian Quinn.

 

If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of Billy Al Bengston: Paintings & Watercolors, place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted Jul 29, 2019

PLEASE JOIN US THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 3rd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM FOR AN EXHIBITION OPENING AND BOOK SIGNING FOR GARY CANNONE: ALBUMS BY CONCEPTUAL ARTISTS

PLEASE JOIN US THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 3rd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

FOR AN EXHIBITION OPENING AND BOOK SIGNING FOR

GARY CANNONE: ALBUMS BY CONCEPTUAL ARTISTS -

WITH A THEMATIC RECORD PARTY BY MESSRS. CANNONE AND TOSH BERMAN!

Albums by Conceptual Artists originated as a crowd-sourced online project in which Gary Cannone encouraged like-minded artists to infiltrate popular and obscure album covers with content from the history of contemporary art in a communal act of parody. Begun as a Facebook comment thread, a Tumblr site of the project soon followed and grew to over five hundred album cover contributions ranging from transgressive to silly, from informative to obtuse. Cannone sees the series as a form of fan fiction, a positive creative act often using arcane minutiae linking the worlds of art and music done by and for art nerds.

The artist’s formative influences include 70s comedy such as Norm Crosby, Wacky Packages, Carol Burnett, Mad Magazine, and the disembodied PA from M*A*S*H (the TV series). He is a 2019 recipient of a California Community Foundation’s Fellowship in Visual Arts grant and his artist’s book, Time Settings for a Microwave Oven with Broken Three, Four, and Nine Buttons was recently acquired by The Getty Museum. His current work explores the phenomenology of furniture in gallery spaces through the lens of a prop comic.

 

This Saturday between 4:00 and 6:00 PM we are pleased to present in collaboration with Hubbyco an exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Gary Cannone's Albums by Conceptual Artists artworks, along with a book signing for Forever Now - the limited edition catalogue that documents them! In addition, there will be a special Conceptual Art-themed record party hosted by Mr. Cannone and the illustrious Tosh Berman. If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed copy of Forever Now, place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

Events Posted Jul 23, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS!

SATURDAY, JULY 27th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
STEVE BANKS: NITRO - DRAG RACING IN THE SIXTIES
BOOK SIGNING

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3rd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
GARY CANNONE: ALBUMS BY CONCEPTUAL ARTISTS
EXHIBITION RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING

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

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

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
NINA FREUDENBERGER + SHADE DEGGES: BIBLIOSTYLE
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


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

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

BOOK SIGNING

Events Posted Jul 23, 2019

Steve Banks: NITRO: DRAG RACING IN THE SIXTIES. Saturday, 7/27!

PLEASE JOIN US THIS SATURDAY, JULY 27th 4:00 - 6:00 PM
FOR A BOOK SIGNING
STEVE BANKS: NITRO DRAG RACING IN THE SIXTIES!
 
"In 1964, a young Steve Banks bought one of the most coveted Muscle Cars on the market - a Pontiac GTO with a four-speed stick and a Hurst shifter, Tri-Power, and three Rochester 2G carburetors. He then drove Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles to begin his new advertising agency job. Gassing up one day at Nobo’s Shell station at Beverly and Larchmont, Banks learned that Nobo had previously been head mechanic at the Courtesy Chevrolet dealership, and that his station had become a center for building and tuning street racers. On and off over the next few months, Banks would leave his car at the garage while Nobo fine-tuned the carburetors, replaced the stock tires, torsion, and sway bars, and added Koni shocks and a Sun tachometer. Next, he taught Banks how to ‘speed shift’ - while making late night runs up and down Larchmont Boulevard.
 
One day, Nobo mentioned he was going to a drag race that Saturday, and that Banks was welcome to come along. Witnessing his first drag race, Steve Banks was immediately hooked. He returned the following Saturday, and the next, and again the next; but this time with with his cameras. Over the course of two years, Banks photographed guys preparing runs, the thundering nitro-burning dragsters launching down the strip at two hundred-plus miles per hour, and everything else that moved.
 
Today, fifty years later, the sport of drag racing is a big bucks, corporate-sponsored television broadcast business with the NHRA sporting over two hundred different drag racing classes. However, in a nod to the sport’s modest beginnings, almost every weekend from coast-to-coast one can find ‘nostalgia racing’ events preserving the dragster culture of the 1960s captured here in NITRO, Drag Racing In The Sixties: 1964-1966.
 
So, gear-heads: gas up and head down to Arcana this Saturday afternoon to quaff a brew and hang out with legendary local ad-man and photographer Steve Banks along with some of the subjects of his amazing, hot-off-The-Nazraeli-Press super-limited edition. If you cannot attend but wish to purchase a signed, specially-priced copy of NITRO (regularly $250.00 - but only $150.00 for our event!), place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499. We also have signed copies of Steve's excellent Deadbeat Club Press book - New Vogue Beauty Salong - available here.
Events Posted Jul 11, 2019

Roger Herman Ceramics Book Signing 7/20!

We are thrilled to be hosting an event with noted Los Angeles-based artist Roger Herman to celebrate the publication of his new book, Ceramics. Designed by Ross McLain / Art Design Office and featuring a text by Matt Connors, this massive, stylish, and engaging edition is limited to a mere two hundred and fifty copies, and is sure to sell out quickly.

Come to Arcana this Saturday afternoon to raise a glass and hang with our longtime friend Roger! If you cannot attend but wish to purchase either - or both - of Mr. Herman's exquisite books, place your order here or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted Jul 11, 2019

SOVO// Magazine Launch, Saturday 7/13, 4-6

Please join us on Saturday, to welcome editor Farida Amar and our friends from the creative staff of LA's own SOVO// Magazine for a launch party celebrating the spirit of the self-made individual and the release of their fifth issue devoted to the theme of "entrepreneurship"!
 
Housed in a spectacular etched purple Lucite slipcase produced in a limited to a run of five hundred copies, SOVO// [ Issue 5 ] will be on view along with a one-day exhibition of the 35mm and 120 film works created for it by contributing photographers Adam Hutsell, Ashley Guo, Jeff Leavitt, Jon Pham, Milana Burdette, and Niko Sonnberger. 

For the launch, SOVO// are making the issue available for advance order and for sale on the day of the event for the special pre-publication price of $125.00. On Sunday, it reverts to the standard $150.00, so act now and join us for some cold drinks on Saturday! If you cannot attend but wish to purchase one and take advantage of this price, place an order here or call us at 310-458-1499.

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SOVO// Magazine is an independent, quarterly art publication made in South Los Angeles. Its creators have taken on the task of entrepreneurship with the creation of this unique print publication over the past year and a half, and in doing so have developed a deep respect for both the passion and sacrifice it takes to bring a business model to life. Hot-off-the-press, [ Issue 5 ] titled "Entrepreneurship" shares eleven never-before-released editorials from their experience working with local LA entrepreneurs for the first time - each of which has been uniquely designed and handmade to convey the story of the company represented. This issue is filled with inspiring stories of individuals who have turned each challenge into everyday victories, proving that it is possible to live the dream, even when things don’t go as planned. Included are Lee Kaplan of Arcana: Books on the Arts, Jen Berkowitz & Leila Barratt-Deyner of Electric Pony Studios, The Griffith Family of Imperial Equestrian Center, Robin Petgrave of Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum, Theresa Baxter of Allmost Studio & Gallery, Charlie James of Charlie James Gallery, Elisabet Spaulding of Uplifters Kitchen, Sean Knibb of Flowerboy Project, Rick Garzon of Residency Gallery, Michael Delgado of A.G. Geiger Books, and Oren Pius of Cosmic Vinyl.
 

 

Events Posted Jul 01, 2019

UPCOMING EVENTS SUMMER 2019!

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ARCANA!


SATURDAY, JULY 13th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

SOVO// MAGAZINE - ISSUE 5: ENTREPRENEURSHIP LAUNCH PARTY

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

ROGER HERMAN: CERAMICS BOOK SIGNING

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

STEVE BANKS: NITRO BOOK SIGNING

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3rd, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

GARY CANNONE: ALBUMS BY CONCEPTUAL ARTISTS

EXHIBITION RECEPTION AND BOOK SIGNING

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

Michael Jang: Who Is Michael Jang? BOOK SIGNING

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

ZANDRA RHODES: FIFTY YEARS OF FABULOUS BOOK SIGNING

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

NINA FREUDENBERGER + SHADE DEGGES: BIBLIOSTYLE BOOK SIGNING

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

TODD HIDO: HOUSE HUNTING (REDUX) BOOK SIGNING

 

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