ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, May 1952. New Furniture, Tract Houses and a Good Design Exhibition.

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ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE
May 1952

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 69, No. 5, May 1952. Slim quarto. Stapled printed wrappers. 38 pp. Illustrated text and articles. Cover by John Follis. Mailing label to front panel. Wrappers lightly worn and soiled, but a very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 38 pages of editorial content and advertisements from leading purveyors of West Coast mid-century modernism, circa 1952.  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.

Contents include:

  • Good Design Exhibition: installation designed by Paul Rudolph
  • The Gropius Symposium At The Institute Of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • House: Richard Neutra
  • House: Mario Corbett
  • Apartment House: Greta Magnuson Grossman
  • Tract Houses: Arthur Lawrence Millier
  • New Furniture: Paul McCobb, Finn Juhl, Maurizio Tempestini, Greta Magnuson Grossman, Clifford Pascoe, Charles Eames, Siebert & Huffman, Henry Mittwer, Harry Lawenda, Muriel Coleman, and Edward Wormley.
  • Cinema
  • Books
  • Art
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • Notes In Passing
  • Full-Page Ads for Frank Bros., Van Keppel-Green, 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.

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