ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, January 1951. Harry Schulke ceramics; Albert E. Herbert, Jr. jewelry.

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January 1951

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 68, No. 1, January 1951. Slim folio. Saddle-stitched printed wrappers. 58 pp. Illustrated articles and advertisments. Cover by Elton and Glaser. Wrappers lightly worn and soiled, but a very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 58 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.

  • 17 modern American painters by Margo Sorzano: Adolph Gottlieb, Jackson Pollock, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Theodoros Stamos, etc.
  • Houses by Craig Ellwood; Twitchell and Rudolph; Charles Finney; Harris Armstrong; and Fred and Lois Langhorst.
  • Ceramics by Harry Schulke
  • Furniture by Knoll Associates: Illustrated review of  KNOLL INDEX OF DESIGNS. NYC: Knoll Associates, Inc., with Hockaday Associates, 1950, designed by Herbert Matter. "Knoll Associates, fortunate in the services of Herbert Matter, has released a catalog which presents a full concept of their activities in the field of home furnishings. Matter succeeded in not only bringing to the work his own beautiful style and discrimination but has also found also the means to clarify and presnet intelligently the greater part of the large Knoll collection. The catalog is profuse in color and bright devices, index charts with elevation drawings and photographs placing the material in its own best setting.While it has been designed to implement and simplify an attempt to digest the activities of Knoll Associates, it is also by the way of being a rather beautiful document in a field where too little of this sort of thing is attempted, and where too much of it comes off badly."
  • Jewelry by Albert E. Herbert, Jr.
  • Kwikset Locks, Inc: a Product of the West
  • full-page 2-color advertisement for Chairs from the Herman Miller Furniture Company 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.