ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, April 1950. New Charles Eames Storage Units.

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April 1950

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 67, number 4, April 1950. Slim quarto. Stapled printed wrappers. 50 pp. Illustrated text and articles. Cover by John Reed. Wrappers lightly worn and soiled. Mailing label to rear panel. A very good or better copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 50 pages of editorial content and advertisements from leading purveyors of West Coast mid-century modernism, circa 1950.  Staff photography by Julius Shulman. In terms of decor, there is none of that Chippendale jive here-- every residential interior is decked out in full midcentury glory.

  • Scripps College Exhibition Of Contemporary Architecture: Twelve pages of work by Richard Neutra, William Cody, Harold B. Zook, J. R. Davidson, Griswold Raetze, Gregory Ain, R. M. Schindler, Carl Louis Maston, A. Quincy Jones, John Lautner, Robert E. Faxon, Leland Evision, Lloyd Ruocco, Charles Eames, Raphael Soriano and Kemper Nomland.
  • Case Study House 1950: Raphael Soriano
  • Bronze Sculpture: Bernard Rosenthal, photographed by Julius Shulman.
  • Storage Units: Charles Eames. Wonderfully designed two-page spread that served as the official introduction of the Herman Miller Eames Storage Unit [ESU] to the world via preproduction models arranged by Ray Eames and photographed by Charles Eames.
  • Parkmerced Housing Project in San Francisco.
  • Books
  • Music
  • Notes In Passing
  • New Product Literature And Information
  • Advertisements for Kurt Versen, Frank Bros., General Lighting
  • and more.

Editorial Associates for Arts and Architecture included Herbert Matter and Charles Eames. Julius Shulman was the staff photographer.  The Editorial Advisory Board included William Wilson Wurster,Richard neutra, Isamu Noguchi, eero Saarinen, Gardner Dailey, Sumner Spaulding, Mario Corbett, Esther McCoy, John Funk, Gregory Ain, George Nelson, Gyorgy Kepes, marcel Breuer, Raphael Soriano, Ray Eames, Garret Eckbo, Edgar Kaufman, Jr. and others luminaries of the mid-century modern movement.

In 1938, John Entenza joined California Arts and Architecture magazine as editor. by 1943, Entenza and his art director Alvin Lustig had completely overhauled the magazine and renamed it Arts and Architecture. Arts and Architecture championed all that was new in the arts, with special emphasis on emerging modernist architecture in Southern California.

One of the pivotal figures in the growth of modernism in California, Entenza's most lasting contribution was his sponsorship of the Case Study Houses project, which featured the works of architects Thornton Abell, Conrad Buff, Calvin Straub, Donald Hensman, Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen, J. R. Davidson, A. Quincy Jones, Frederick Emmons, Don Knorr, Edward Killinsworth, Jules Brady, Waugh Smith, Pierre Koenig, Kemper Nomland,   Kemper Nomland Jr., Richard Neutra, Ralph Rapson, Raphael Soriano, Whitney Smith, Sumner Spaulding, John Rex, Rodney Walker, William Wilson Wurster, Theodore Bernardi and Craig Ellwood. Arts and Architecture also ran articles and interviews on artists and designers such as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, George Nakashima, George Nelson and many other groundbreakers.