Hardcover. US, Feral House, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 287 pages, illustrated throughout in b&w. Clean, tight copy. American Grotesque is a lavish retrospective of grotesque, occult, and erotic images by the forgotten Hollywood photographer William Mortensen (1897-1965), an innovative pictorialist visionary whom Ansel Adams called the "Antichrist" and to whom Anton LaVey dedicated The Satanic Bible. Mortensen's countless technical innovations and inspired use of special effects prefigures the development of digital manipulation and Photoshop. Includes a gallery of more than one hundred striking photographs in duotone and color, many of them previously unseen, and accompanying essays by Mortensen and others on his life, work, techniques, and influence.
Hardcover. Pasadena CA, Pasadena Museum of California Art, 1st, 2005, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 149 pages, illustrated in color. Bright, clean copy in similar dust jacket. Catalog of an exhibition organised by the Pasadena Museum of Californian Art and held there and at the Gibbes Museum, Charleston, South Carolina, in 2005-6. The book presents 77 works, reproduced in excellent colour as half and full page plates, including nudes, figures and urban and rural landscapes. William Gerdts offers a scene-setting Introduction after which Solon provides an in-depth study of the artist's life and work. This includes his marriage, travels abroad including Europe, Panama and Mexico, experience as an aerial photographer in the Great War, return to Southern California and life in Pasadena, a region that was recommended for health reasons, and a final decade marked by ill-health that contributed to the general decline in his reputation outside of the local art community.
Hardcover. New York, Abbeville Press, 1st, 1993, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 328 pages, illustrated throughout with 213 plates in color and b&w. Maroon cloth with white title to spine, pictorial dust jacket. Beautiful copy. Like new. The rich artistic and social history of the Arts and Crafts movement in California, as well as the highly collectible objects it produced. In a brief but intensely prolific period between about 1895 and 1930. Essays by Leslie Greene Bowman, Bruce Kamerling, Cheryl Robertson, Joseph A. Taylor, David C. Streatfield, Karen J. Weitze and Richard Guy Wilson.
Hardcover. New York, The Monacelli Press, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. A beautifully produced monograph devoted to the paintings and drawings of John Altoon, a central figure in the Los Angeles art scene of the 1950s and 1960s. Haunting and erotic, Altoon's colorful paintings and intimate drawings capture the magical moment in postwar California between the Beat Generation and the sexual and psychedelic revolution of the late '60s.
Hardcover. New York , Abbeville Press, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 248 pages, hardcover with 241 illustrations in color and b&w. Gracefully written and brilliantly illustrated, this handsome new volume captures the vision, the wit, and the down-to-earth inventiveness of one of the most influential and beloved architects of the early twentieth century. Raised in Greenwich Village and trained in Paris, Maybeck spent most of his long career in northern California. An irrepressible bohemian with no desire to run a large office, he spent much of his time designing houses for friends and family, as well as for other patrons so loyal that they often hired him to design more than one house. Maybeck also created two of the most beautiful buildings in all of California: the exhilarating Church of Christ, Scientist, in Berkeley, and the gloriously romantic Palace of Fine Arts, in San Francisco. This incisive overview-the first to feature color reproductions of Maybeck's exquisite interiors and exteriors-analyzes every aspect of his life and work. Not only his architecture but also his furniture, his lighting designs, and his innovations in fire-resistant construction are thoroughly discussed and illustrated. The book is also enlivened by documentary photographs, by clearly drawn plans, and by several of Maybeck's dazzling, previously unpublished visionary drawings.
Hardcover. NY, Reagan Books, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 272 pages. Through striking illustrations and stunning photographs, Bohemian Modern explores the unique structural and interior designs that have put California's ultra-chic Silver Lake neighborhood at the forefront of a new style phenomenon. One of the country's most renowned modernist architects, Barbara Bestor has fully embraced and perfected Silver Lake's "bohemian modern" style: a practical philosophy that is Californian in origin but achievable anywhere. It is a look that favors raw, authentic materials, brilliant colors, creative space planning, and a natural flow between indoors and outdoors. The results, as Bohemian Modern presents, are striking: a flawlessly restored Neutra house decorated with both whimsy and restraint, a rooftop constructed for viewing the stars, a lavish outdoor garden delicately integrated into the surrounding architecture, a double-sided bookcase that soars three stories and serves as a functional art installation...there is no limit to the creativity and beauty of Silver Lake style.
Softcover. San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1st, 1980, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 142 pages, 8"x8' . This book documents 100 'decorated sheds' that were built in the 1920s-'40s, including giant cream-cans, flower-potslemons, pumpkins, cats, dogs, owls, Mother Hubbard's boots, etc. Mostly b&w photos.
Hardcover. New York, Arno Press, reprint, 1976, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 227 pages plus 112 b&w and color plates. Cream colored boards. Light smudging to covers and edges. Else a very clean, tight copy. A facsimile reprint of the 1935 first edition, a study of 19th century lithography in California.
Hardcover. New York, Random House, 1st, 1939, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: None, Non- paginated. Hardcover. Extensive b&w photographs throughout. Illustrated title page. Some edge wear to top edge, otherwise clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Los Angeles, Angel City Press, 1st, 1996, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, illustrated boards, 100 pages. We may never be able to toast Frank Sinatra with a Flame of Love martini, join Jimmy and Gloria Stewart over calf's liver and onions, or share a steaming bowl of Boiled Beef Belmont with the President and Mrs. Reagan on Tuesday nights. But we can come close. CHASEN'S has every great recipe that kept the stars coming back for more, plus its fascinating text stirs delivers the dish on the restaurant and its famous fans. Recipes include the world famous Chasen's Chili that Elizabeth Taylor had air-freighted to the Cleopatra set in Italy, the Chicken Pot Pie served to Queen Elizabeth, the Shirley Temple cocktail that Chasen's bartender invented for the curly-topped star, and a host of other favorites including Deviled Beef Bones, Banana Shortcake, Sole Hitchcock, Coupe Snowball, and the dish President Reagan always ordered, Boiled Beef Belmont.
Softcover. NewYork, Aperture, 2nd, 1973, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Vol. 1: 214 pages. Softcover. B/w illustrations throughout. Covers slightly yellow with age, clean inside and intact. Vol. 2: 290 pages. Softcover. B/w illustrations throughout. Covers slightly yellow with age, clean inside and intact. Soil/stain on bottom foredge, does not affect pages. From the back cover of Vol. 1: "To see, to react, to create; these are the fundamentals of all art production. But also to share is the measure of the great artist and the great person. In both his magnificent photographs and in the confidences and clarifications of his Daybook, Edward Weston takes us into himself and shares with us his particular mirror of beauty and compassion."
Hardcover. Santa Monica, CA, Hennessey & Ingalls, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 329 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. A tight copy. Color and black & white illustrations throughout.
Hardcover. New York , Bulfinch, 1st, 2006, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 191 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Remainder mark to bottom edge, else a clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. Philadelphia, Running Press, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 416 pages, illustrated throughout in color and b&w. Light shelf-wear to dust jacket. Clean, tight copy. George Hurrell is credited as the master of the Hollywood glamour portrait. He photographed every star from Greta Garbo to Humphrey Bogart to Sharon Stone. Written by historian and former Hurrell assistant Mark A. Vieira, George Hurrell's Hollywood is the definitive retrospective. Covers Hurrell's entire career, from his beginnings as a Los Angeles society photographer to his finale as the celebrity photographer who became a celebrity himself. Hundreds of pristine images showcase the photographer's work with Hollywood icons from 1929 to 1992. The text recounts the artist's life, from his childhood to the heyday of his career as a starmaker, through the previously untold stories of his fall from grace and eventual comeback.
Hardcover. Washington DC, Island Press, 1st, 1998, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 489 pages. Hardcover. gilt title on spine. B/w illustrations throughout. Dust jacket unclipped. Dust jacket has a touch of age-wear (chipping at corners/creases), but very good. Very clean and bright inside. Boards bound in yellow cloth, excellent. Binding tight. In beautiful shape.
Hardcover. Italy , Damiani/Alleged Press, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, 160 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Very clean, unmarked copy still in publishers shrink-wrap. Black and white photographs throughout. Gusmano's first book of photography centralizing around the Los Angeles area, its lifestyles of the Klique car club, Chicano street barrio culture and L.A. gang life. An accurate glimpse into the darker of Los Angeles and its inhabitants.
Hardcover. New York, Abrams & Chronicle Books, 1st, 2013, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 160 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Very clean, like new in publishers shrink-wrap. Casaretti's early work-featured here documents his immersion in the low-rider subculture of the Klique car club. Cesaretti credits his poor English with allowing him to earn the trust of local residents--he found it hard to understand their graffiti on his own and had to ask for help. Independent curator Aaron Rose describes him as "one of the few true artists documenting outlaw cultures in the tradition of Robert Frank."
Hardcover. New York, powerHouse Books, 1st, 2009-07-20, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 223 pages, illustrated throughout in b&w. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Folio. The writer's first collection of photographs provides a photographic essay of the Imperial Valley, California.
Hardcover. US, Foggy Notion Books/Pasadena Museum of California Art, 1st, 2012, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 208 pages. Hardcover with no dust jacket. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to boards. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. Until recently, the figurative artists who dominated the Los Angeles art scene of the 1940s and 50s had largely been written out of art history. L.A. Raw is an attempt to right that wrong. Bringing together works by 41 artists in a variety of media, it traces a lineage that connects postwar figurative expressionism to the 1960s and 70s investigations of politics, gender and ethnicity in art. The featured artists include John Altoon, Wallace Berman, William Brice, Hans Burckhardt, Chris Burden, Cameron, Judy Chicago, Connor Everts, Llyn Foulkes, Charles Garabedian, David Hammonds, Robert Heinecken, John Paul Jones, Kim Jones, Ed and Nancy Kienholz, Rico Lebrun, Paul McCarthy, Arnold Mesches, Betye Saar, Ben Sakoguchi, Barbara Smith, James Strombotne, Jan Stussy, Edward Teske, Joyce Treiman, Howard Warshaw, June Wayne, Charles White and Jack Zajac.
Hardcover. 2012, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 208 pages illustrated in color and b&w. Until recently, the figurative artists who dominated the Los Angeles art scene of the 1940s and 50s had largely been written out of art history. L.A. Raw is an attempt to right that wrong. Bringing together works by 41 artists in a variety of media, it traces a lineage that connects postwar figurative expressionism to the 1960s and 70s investigations of politics, gender and ethnicity in art. The featured artists include John Altoon, Wallace Berman, William Brice, Hans Burckhardt, Chris Burden, Cameron, Judy Chicago, Connor Everts, Llyn Foulkes, Charles Garabedian, David Hammonds, Robert Heinecken, John Paul Jones, Kim Jones, Ed and Nancy Kienholz, Rico Lebrun, Paul McCarthy, Arnold Mesches, Betye Saar, Ben Sakoguchi, Barbara Smith, James Strombotne, Jan Stussy, Edward Teske, Joyce Treiman, Howard Warshaw, June Wayne, Charles White and Jack Zajac. No dj issued, clean copy.
Hardcover. Spokane, WA, Arthur H. Clark Company, 1st, 1994, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 343 pages. Hardcover. B/w illustrations throughout. Covers bound in red, gilt title on spine. Binding tight. Dust jacket unclipped. Dust jacket has a touch of fading, otherwise no rips, in very good condition. Very clean inside and out.
Hardcover. NY, Prestel, 1st, 2017, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Hardcover, 160 pages. This photographic homage to Los Angeles presents a timeless depiction of the great city. In his book New York Sleeps, Christopher Thomas traveled the empty streets of New York City shooting dreamy cityscapes with a large-format Polaroid camera. For this new book he focuses his lens on Los Angeles, capturing in duotone images of the iconic buildings and spaces in the city: the Chinese Theatre without tourists, the Griffith Observatory peacefully alone, the Hollywood Boulevard without celebrities or onlookers. Around the city's artdeco buildings and mid-century drive-ins, sidewalks, and parking lots are vacant. Shot in the early morning, with the sun's rays just hinting between buildings, or at dusk, when the light is inchoate and mournful, these pictures are a tender valentine to Los Angeles. Fans of New York Sleeps will be thrilled to encounter another sublime project by Thomas. And residents and lovers of Los Angeles will be awestruck at this new interpretation of the City of Angels.
Softcover. New York, Monacelli Press, 1st, 2004, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, Softcover, 183 pages, illustrated in color and b&w.Since 1988, New York-based architect Michael Bell has created a series of projects and essays that explore architectural and urban design for California, New York, and Texas -- the three most populous regions of the United States and, coincidentally, the three states in which he has lived and practiced. The first monograph on the architect, Michael Bell: Space Replaces Us; Essays and Projects on the City, includes both design work and writings.Bell has organized and designed two important installations, both of which include his work: "Endspace: Michael Bell and Hans Hofmann," at the University Art Museum, Berkeley, and "16 Houses: Owning a House in the City," at DiverseWorks in Houston, which featured his seminal Glass House @ 2 Degrees. Other projects included are an urban renewal scheme for a huge site in Far Rockaway, New York, and a series of residential projects, including the Ghent House, a modernist glass house currently under construction in upstate New York. Complementing the design projects are three major essays: "Having Heard Mathematics: The Topologies of Boxing," "Eyes in the Heat: RSE," and "New York City."
Hardcover. Berkeley CA , Ten Speed Press, reprint, 2002, Book: Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 231 pages. Hardcover. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on front end paper. Extensive color photography throughout. Gilt titles on dust jacket cover. Some soil from previous owners book plate on front end paper. Dust jacket priced clipped, otherwise clean, tight copy.
Hardcover. New York, Oxford University Press, 1st, 1999, Book: Near Fine, Dust Jacket: Near Fine, Hardcover, 242 pages. B&w and color prints. Lavishly illustrated catalog presenting a fascinating cultural history of an idyllic vision of California that still figures prominently in the American imagination. Red cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Pictorial dust jacket. Copy in mint condition, looks brand new.
Hardcover. US, Getty Publications, 1st, 2011, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 352 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. Clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. Documents the burgeoning Southern Californian post-war art scene, with several essays following a more or less chronological order, and hundreds of illustrations of artworks, but also of art people (a wonderful 1963 photograph of Marcel Duchamp playing chess with a naked Eve Babitz in front of a replica of his Large Glass in Pasadena, photographs of artists working in their studios, etc). Some names are well known, others less so, but it is the versatility, the creativity and, above all, the richness and depth of this LA art scene that strike the reader-viewer through these richly illustrated pages. The birth of a genuine pop art in California (thanks to some of the most gifted artdealers in the US), of conceptual art, the creation of a new way of making sculpture, all those aspects are tackled in an informative and erudite (sometimes too erudite, though...)text that makes this book a more than valuable addition to the literature on post-war American art.
Softcover. New York, E.P. Dutton, 1st, 1978, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: None, 80 pages. Softcover. Color illustrations throughout. In excellent condition. Covers still very shiny, like new. Very clean inside and out. Photographs of the colorful and eccentric Victorian architecture of San Francisco.
Hardcover. Santa Monica, CA, Hennessey & Ingalls, 1st, 2001, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 162 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor edgewear to dust jacket. Marston was instrumental in establishing Pasadena as a winter resort and then as a thriving community. He and his firm designed 1000 projects, many of which still survive, including cottages and additions to resort hotels, notable commercial and civic buildings such as the Pacific Asia Museum, and the earliest bungalow court. His residential designs span the range of styles from the Arts and Crafts through English Tudor and Monterey Colonial to, most importantly, Mediterranean Revival. This is an important addition to the literature of California's Golden Age of architecture.
Hardcover. New York/London, Merrell, 1st, 2008, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, Hardcover, 240 pages, 165 color and b$w images. Like new in publisher's shrink-wrap. Equal parts glamour and cataclysm, sunshine and noir, few cities have provoked visual representation as insistently as LA. This Side of Paradise explores the synergistic relationship between the city and photography from the mid-nineteenth century to the present through the key themes of landscape and the body. Beautifully illustrated throughout, including images by Carleton Watkins, Edward Weston, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Garry Winogrand, Ed Ruscha, Dennis Hopper, Herb Ritts, John Baldessari, Catherine Opie and many others.
Hardcover. Solana Beach, CA, Santa Monica Press LLC, 1st, 2014, Book: Very Good, Dust Jacket: Very Good, 336 pages. Hardcover with dust jacket. A very clean, unmarked copy with only minor wear to dust jacket edges. A very clean, unmarked copy. Color and black & white photographs throughout.