In the News Posted May 20, 2016

Culver City Highlights in Citizine

Thanks to Citizine for sharing this great list of Culver City delights fom Bar Nine Collective's Evan Damkoehler.


We're so lucky to be in such a great neighborhood! Have a look at some of the amazing things you can do (and eat!) around Arcana.



In the News Posted Feb 03, 2016

Spring Book Anticipation in Huck Magazine February 1, 2016

What’s in store for 2016? Lee Kaplan, co-founder of Arcana Books, L.A.’s massive art-book shop, looks into his crystal ball.

Arcana: Books on the Arts is getting ready for L.A.’s Printed Matter Book Fair right now, a massive event celebrating art books and publishing. “With the proliferation of small specialty publishers and the ease of self-publishing this is seemingly a golden age for ‘The Photobook’” says Lee Kaplan, co-founder of Arcana, which he and his wife, Whitney Kaplan, started in 1984.

“But the sheer number of books being released each week, month, year has made it not only increasingly difficult to keep up with the output, but to separate the extraordinary publications from the mundane due to such an overwhelming sameness of the look of so many of these,” he explains.

Nowhere is that sameness more clear than at something like an art book fair: the same worn out minimalist design, the same outplayed slick set-up. But even in the age of internet photo-galleries, there’s a kind of mystical quality to a good photobook. Like a piece of memorabilia, and there’s something uniquely collectible about them. Arcana specialises in “new, rare, and hard to catalogue raisonnés, monographs, and collectibles,” says Lee. Arcana is a huge space, and they stock books and ephemera on the visual arts, music, architecture, cinema and design. The shop is warehouse-like, but still inviting, lit by large windows and tucked off of Venice Boulevard in Culver City, L.A. It caters to photographers, gallerists and artists, collectors, and Hollywood creative types.

Lee sets his sights on the good stuff with Huck’s Forecast 2016.

The Photography Book Forecast

From Lee Kaplan

Mark Ruwedel

“Mark Ruwedel is a Southern California-based photographer that has for decades thoughtfully and beautifully captured the region’s changing environment by wryly documenting the encroaching hand of man on the remaining nearby deserts. His work frequently maintains a playful reference to the early artist books of Ed Ruscha, and has been steadily gaining an international reputation. He was the recipient of the 2015 Scotia Bank Prize for Photography, and his Pictures of Hell from RAM Publications was absolutely one of our favourite books from last year here at the shop.”

The Swimming Pool by Deanna Templeton

“Much of Deanna Templeton’s work to date has been that of a street photographer in the guise of a cultural anthropologist. She captures the young women and girls that populate the beaches, strands, and malls of Orange County – effortlessly noting the minute details of their everyday dress, and how they adorn their skin, hair, and bodies to present themselves to the world. These fleeting variations of teenage individuality are both a contemporary fashion typology as well as a more ominous view of a suburban Stepford conformity. For the upcoming The Swimming Pool, she has jettisoned the familiar public presentation of these youthful strangers to intimately reveal her friends swimming nude in her backyard pool.”


Robert Mapplethorpe: The Photographs + Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive

“Robert Mapplethorpe’s life and work have both received a great resurgence of interest over the past few years, and Los Angeles has become something of a second home for the study of the late, New York-based photographer. The County Museum of Art celebrated a significant acquisition of materials in 2011 with a career retrospective, and this spring they are presenting along with The J. Paul Getty Museum four separate shows related to his photographs, documents, and collecting proclivities. The Photographs focuses on the abundant holding of his images collected by the Getty – starting with their acquisition of his partner Sam Wagstaff’s massive collection; while The Archive is an anticipated and no-doubt fascinating collection of student, early, and commercial work, sculpture, and even jewellery designs that have mostly never seen the light of day.”


KH 3 by Kevin Harry

Over the past two years Kevin Harry has self-published two small books cum zines entitled KH that joyously document the lively sense of fashion and personal style that pervade the participants and attendees alike at street celebrations of the African diaspora. The first issue featured images taken at New York’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade, and the second documented the 2015 Afropunk Fest in Brooklyn. The third installment will be devoted to tonsorial style, and should be with us just in time for the Printed Matter LA Art Book Fair in mid-February.

Provoke: Between Protest and Performance – Photography in Japan 1969-1975

Published in conjunction with an international touring exhibition, this massive hardbound catalogue Provoke: Between Protest and Performance will provide the first major institutional reassessment of the historical impact of short-lived but highly influential late sixties Japanese photography publication ProvokeProvoke’s core members consisted of critic Koji Taki, poet Takahiko Okada, and photographers Takuma Nakahira, Yakata Takanashi and Daido Moriyama along with Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoh Hosoe, and Shomei Tomatsu, and the book focuses on their selected writings and projects undertaken between 1960 and 1975, “that offer a strongly interpretative account of currents in Japanese art and society at a moment of historical collapse and renewal.”


See the article on Huck's website.

In the News Posted Jan 18, 2016

The Assemblist, 1/18/2016

From designer Maria Dora's interview in The Assemblist


"I stumbled across this art bookstore because my roommate works at a photo studio in the same complex, the Helms Bakery. It's an amazing place, and they have the most helpful labeling system I've ever seen. Anything you can want art, photography and architecture-wise is there. This isn't a place that people run in and out of...people linger over books for hours here."




In the News Posted Jan 08, 2016

Ed Templeton & Arcana in SENSE Magazine, Japan

Thanks to Ed Templeton for including us in your LA list in Japan's SENSE Magazine!

In the News Posted Aug 17, 2015

Julia Leach | Chance | Chance-One King's Lane

Thanks to the fabulous designer and all-around style-making babe, Julia Leach, for including us in your day in L.A. on One King's Lane!

In the News Posted Jun 12, 2015

Fathom, June 11, 2015

Thanks to our colleage, the wonderful Natalie Campagna of the fabulous Traveler's Bookcase, for including us in your Fathom piece about Literary LA!



In the News Posted Jun 04, 2015

Hyundai Card Music Library

We're proud to have provided a large part of the books for this amazing project, The Hyundai Card Music Library,  in Seoul.

"I hope this space is used by diverse people,’ says architect Moongyu Choi, ‘including those who want to get some inspiration from music or those who want to enjoy a bottle of beer while watching the sunset in the open space while listening to some good music.’

The ground and first floors house the library’s extensive book and record collection, including a copy of the Sex Pistols’ rare 1977 single ‘God Save the Queen’ – one of only nine remaining in the world.

As well as 3,000 music-related books, the library stores every issue of Rolling Stone since the magazine started in 1967. Design firm Gensler, who conceived the interiors, has installed six record players for personal listening alongside the stacks of records, books and magazines."