ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, August 1949. John Entenza [Editor]. Charles Kratka Cover, Peter Macchiarini Jewelry

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August 1949

John Entenza [Editor], Charles Kratka  [Cover Artist]


John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 66, number 8, August 1949. Wrappers worn and soiled. Textblock well thumbed. Cover by Charles Kratka [of the Eames Office]. A 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 1949.  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.

  • House by Joseph Allen Stein
  • Living Room For A Garden by Whitney R. Smith
  • House by Roger Lee
  • House by Willard Hall Francis
  • House by J. R. Davidson
  • House by Thornton M. Abell
  • Jewelry by Peter Macchiarini
  • Fabrics by Bernard Rudofsky, Ray Eames, George Nelson, Abel Sorenson, Salvador Dali, Edward Wormley.
  • Art
  • Books
  • Music
  • Notes In Passing
  • Merit Specified Products — 1949 CS Houses
  • New Product Literature And Information
  • 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.