ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, February 1952. La Gardo Tackett ceramics by Kemji Fujita, Barbara Lynn, Robert Lynn & Virginia Lee Tackett.

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February 1952

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, 1952. Volume 69, number 2, February 1952. Slim folio. 36 pp. Illustrated articles and advertisements.. Cover by Evelyn Statsinger. Interior unmarked and clean. Partial mailing label to rear panel. Wrappers worn and soiled, but a nearly very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 36 pages of editorial content and advertisements from leading purveyors of West Coast midcentury modernism, circa 1952.  Staff photography by Julius Shulman.

  • apartment house by Carl Louis Maston
  • house by Kipp Stewart
  • house in New Orleans by Curtis and Davis: Photos by Clarence John Laughlin (!)
  • office building by William S. Beckett
  • apartments by Chafant Head
  • house by Weston and Rudolph
  • La Gardo Tackett ceramics by Kemji Fujita, Barbara Lynn, Robert Lynn and Virginia Lee Tackett
  • The language is Image by David Smith
  • full-page advertisement for the Herman Miller Eames Storage Units (ESU); full-page advertisement for the Herman Miller Eames Storage Unit Desks (ESU); ads for Gruen lighting, Tony Hill ceramics, Van Keppel-Green 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 midcentury 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 ground-breakers.