ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, December 1951. Living Up To Date—Baltimore Museum Of Art; Greta Grossman Furniture and Lamps.

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December 1951

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 68, No. 10, December 1951. Slim quarto. Stapled printed wrappers. 42 pp. Illustrated text and articles. Cover by Johns Follis and Reed. Wrappers lightly worn and soiled, but a very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 42 pages of editorial content and advertisements from leading purveyors of West Coast mid-century modernism, circa 1951.  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.

  • Art Summoned Before The Inquisition: Jules Langsner
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Peter Yates
  • House: Floyd Mueller
  • House: Victor Gruen
  • House: Maynard Lyndon
  • Merchandising Center: a new Bullocks by Welton Beckett & Associates
  • Living Up To Date—Baltimore Museum Of Art: rooms designed by Florence Knoll, Edward Wormley, and Jens Risom, with all displayed pieces listed by designer and manufacturer.
  • Furniture & Lamps: Greta Grossman
  • Silver, Porcelain, Glass: distributed by Gordon Fraser
  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Art
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • Notes In Passing
  • Full-Page Ad For Controlight Company, Ficks Reed, Frank Bros., etc.
  • 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.