ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, May 1956. Craig Ellwood Beach House; Structure — Felix Candela.

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May 1956

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 73, No. 5, May 1956. Slim folio. Saddle-stitched printed wrappers. 48 pp. Illustrated articles and advertisments. Subscriber mailing label to rear panel. Cover of Felix Candela’s work by Erwin Lang. Wrappers lightly soiled and worn, but a very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 48 pages of editorial content and advertisements from leading purveyors of West Coast mid-century modernism, circa 1956.  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.

Layout by Frederick A. Usher, Jr. and John Follis.

  • Structure — Felix Candela: Colin Faber
  • Honor Awards And Awards Of Merit Of The American Institute Of Architects In Convention In Los Angeles, 1956. Work by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Hellmuth, Yamasaki & Leinweber; John Lyon Reid; Wurster, Bernardi & Emmons; Philip Johnson; Harrison & Abramovitz; Killingsworth, Brady & Smith; Prinz & Brooks; Reginald Caywood Knight & Jasper Dudley Ward; Alden B. Dow, Raphael Soriano; John Carl Warneke; Ralph Rapson, John Van Der Meulen; Welton Beckett, etc.
  • Beach House: Craig Ellwood
  • The Architect As Universal Man: Herbert Read
  • Rugs By Picasso, Miro, Leger, Calder, Lurcat
  • Vestments By Matisse
  • Books
  • Music
  • Art
  • Notes In Passing
  • J. O. B.
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • Ads for Raymor, Paul McCobb for Directional, 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 Killingsworth, 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.