ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, November 1951. John Entenza [Editor]. R. M. Schindler; John Caruthers Animals & Jewelry (Duplicate)

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November 1951

John Entenza [Editor]


John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 68, No. 10, October/November 1951. Slim quarto. Stapled printed wrappers. 62 pp. Illustrated text and articles. Wrappers lightly worn.  A very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 62 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.

The contents of this  vintage issue of Arts and Architecture read like a veritable rosetta stone of West Coast Postwar Modernism. Check it out:

  • Fine Arts Center, University Of Arkansas by Edward Durell Stone
  • House by Harry Seidler
  • Apartment by Carlo Pagani
  • House by Harry Seidler
  • House by William Carmen
  • House by R. M. Schindler
  • House by Thornton Abell
  • Animals And Jewelry, John Caruthers
  • Reclining Chairs, Hans J. Wegner
  • Products Of Merit, Western Pine Association
  • Music
  • Art
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • Notes In Passing
  • Full-Page For The Herman Miller Furniture Company
  • and more.

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.