ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, April 1956. California Design—Pasadena Art Museum, Le Roy Binkley house.

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April 1956

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 73, No. 4, April 1956. Slim folio. Saddle-stitched printed wrappers. 38 pp. Illustrated articles and advertisments. Subscriber mailing label to rear panel. Cover by Pee Wee Heerman. Wrappers lightly soiled and worn, but a very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 38 pages of editorial content and advertisements from leading purveyors of West Coast mid-century modernism, circa 1956.  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.

Layout by Frederick A. Usher, Jr. and John Follis.

  • Playground Club House: Richard & Dion Neutra
  • Steel House: Pierre Koenig
  • Apartment Building: Gregory Ain
  • House: Le Roy Binkley. Binkley remains a somewhat obscure figure, with good biographical information hard to come by, even down to the spelling of his surname. He practiced in Chicago in the shadow of Mies, but is credited with several notable residences in the Modernist Triangle of Pound Ridge, NY, New Canaan and Weston, CT. Le Roy’s fame is eclipsed by his sister Ann Elizabeth who studied with Laszlo Moholy-Nagy at the School of Design and Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She received her B.S. in 1945 and worked in Mies’s Chicago office after the war. She became the second “Mrs. Paul Rand” on April 3, 1949, and established herself as a best-selling Childrens’ Book author in the 1950s.
  • Australian Weekend House: Kenneth MacDonald
  • House: Richard Dorman & Dan Morganelli
  • Small House: Wendell H. Lovett
  • Religious Building: Neil Nehrbass & Victor Prus
  • Landscape And Cityscape: Henry Russell Hitchcock
  • California Design—Pasadena Art Museum. Work by Donald Bates, Jackson Gregory, Vista Furniture, Sam Maloof, Kipp Stewart, Stewart Macdougall, Robert Brown, Charles Eames, Van Keppel-Green, George Nelson, Alexander Girard, Herman Miller, John Keal, Brown-Saltman, John Harding, Allen Adler, Milo Baughman, Glenn Of California, Andrew Nowina-Sapinski, R.R. Giarretto, etc.
  • Books
  • Music
  • Art
  • Notes In Passing
  • J. O. B.
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • 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 Killingsworth, 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.