Barbara Goldstein [Editor], Esther McCoy [essay]: ARTS & ARCHITECTURE. THE ENTENZA YEARS. Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press, 1990. First edition. Folio. Olive cloth decorated in copper. Printed dust jacket. Black endpapers. 248 pp. Over 500 black and white and 2-color illustrations. Interior unmarked and very clean. This hardcover MIT Press edition is out-of-print. The thin jacket paper is faintly ruffled [as usual] and trivially edgeworn, otherwise a fine copy in a fine dust jacket.
10 x 13 hardcover book with 248 pages over 500 black and white and 2-color illustrations reprinted from the original issues of Arts and Architecture magazine from 1943 to 1959. The original layouts and color breaks are preserved here. A beautifully realized production that simply must be seen to be believed. Only a legendary magazine like Entenza's Arts and Architecture could have inspired such a magnificent tribute. Art directed by Lorraine Wild.
The contents of this book read like a veritable rosetta stone of West Coast Postwar Modernism. Check it out:
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 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.