ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, October 1956. Roots Of California Contemporary Architecture: Esther McCoy.

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October 1956

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 73, No. 10, October 1956. Slim folio. Saddle-stitched printed wrappers. 42 pp. Illustrated articles and advertisments. Cover by Ursula de Swart. Mailing label to rear panel. Wrappers lightly soiled and worn, with a small ink scribble and a finger-sized piece torn from lower front edge [see scan], but a good or better copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 42 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., John Follis and Charles Kratka.

  • Roots Of California Contemporary Architecture: Esther McCoy. Work by Irving Gill, Greene & Greene, Bernard Maybeck, Richard Neutra, R. M. Schindler, Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • Competition For A University Residence Hall. Winning entires by Warnecke & Warnecke and John Funk.
  • Steel House: A. Quincy Jones & Frederick E. Emmons
  • House In Ojai Valley: Kazumi Adachi
  • House: Louis H. Huebner
  • House: Mario Romanach
  • Australian Architectural Exhibition
  • Art And Science: Gyorgy Kepes
  • The XVIII Venice Biennale: James Fitzsimmons
  • Books
  • Music
  • Art
  • Notes In Passing
  • J. O. B.
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • Ads for Knoll Associates, Howard Miller, Beatrice Wood, Tony Hill, 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.