ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, April 1951. The Muralist And The Modern Architect.

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April 1951

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 68, No. 4, April 1951. Slim quarto. Stapled printed wrappers. 46 pp. Illustrated text and articles. Cover  by James Reed. Mailing label to rear panel. Wrappers worn and soiled, but a very good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 46 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.

  • Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial Competition
  • Three Houses by The Architects Collaborative [TAC]
  • House by Harry Weese
  • Contemporary Objects: Triva by Elias Svedberg, Paul McCobb Planner Group, Joseph Frank, Kurt Versen, Barwa Chair, Hardoy Chair and Laverne Originals
  • The Muralist And The Modern Architect: Alfred Gottlieb, Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, William Baziotes, David Hare, Frederick Kiesler, Hans Hofmann, Paul Wiener, Jose Sert, Robert Motherwell And The Architects Collaborative.
  • 1951 Good Design Exhibition, Designed by Finn Juhl
  • Products Of The West
  • Notes In Passing
  • Records
  • Music
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • 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 Killinsworth, 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.