ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, March 1950. Ray & Charles Eames Good Design Exhibition; Constructions by Richard Koppe.

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March 1950

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 67, number 3, March 1950. Slim quarto. Stapled printed wrappers. 50 pp. Illustrated text and articles. Cover by Goode and Weston. Wrappers lightly worn and soiled. Mailing label to rear panel. A very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 50 pages of editorial content and advertisements from leading purveyors of West Coast mid-century modernism, circa 1950.  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.

  • Exhibition of Home Furnishings for the Museum of Modern Art and the Merchandise Mart designed by Ray and Charles Eames; 1950 Good Design Exhibition: Finn Juhl, Alvin Lustig, Paul McCobb, Edward Wormley, Edith Heath, Gio Ponti, etc.
  • Visual Form-- Structural Form by Gyorgy Kepes
  • Creative Pursuit — June Wayne by Jules Laugsner
  • House by Lawrence Evanoff
  • House by Sumner Spaulding and John Rex
  • Commercial Building by Richard Neutra
  • Constructions by Richard Koppe
  • Merit Specified Case Study House 1950
  • Art
  • Books
  • Cinema
  • Music
  • Notes In Passing
  • New Product Literature And Information
  • Index Of Advertisers
  • 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.