ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, December 1947. John Entenza [Editor]. Cover by Ray Eames. Claire Falkenstein, etc.

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December 1947

John Entenza [Editor], Ray Eames [Cover Artist]


John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE.  Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 64, number 11, December 1947. Slim folio. Stapled printed wrappers. 50 pp. Illustrated text and articles. Cover by Ray Eames. Wrappers split at spine and separated, but both panels present. Wrapper panels edgeworn and chipped. A couple of stray ink marks to front panel [see scan]. Interior very nice. A fair to good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 50 pages of editiorial content and advertisments from leading purveyors of West Coast midcentury modernism, circa 1947.  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.

  • Direction In Education. Stockton Jr. College: Richard Reynolds & Grace Clements
  • Mies Van Der Rohe: The Phillip Johnson-curated MoMA show with exhibition commentary by Charles Eames.
  • House: Gregory Ain, Architect & Joseph Johnson & Alfred Day, Collaborating
  • A Steel Frame House: Raphael Soriano, Architect
  • Studio House: Chris Choate, Designer
  • Prefabricated Solar House: Leland L. Evison, Architect
  • Small City House: Griswold Raetze, Architect
  • Claire Falkenstein
  • The 200"
  • Art
  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Notes in Passing

Editorial Associates for Arts and Architecture included Charles Eames and Benjamin Baldwin. Julius Shulman was the staff photographer. The Editorial Advisory Board included William Wilson Wurster, Richard Neutra, Eero Saarinen, Sumner Spaulding, Gregory Ain, Ray Eames, Garrett Eckbo, Herbert Matter 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, Raphale Soriano, Whitney Smith, Sumner Sapulding, John Rex, Rodney Walker, William Wilson Wurster, Theordore 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.