ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, January 1952. John Entenza [Editor]. AIA Awards, So. California & Pasadena Chapters

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January 1952

John Entenza [Editor]


John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 69, No. 1, January 1952. Wrappers worn and soiled. Textblock thumbed. Few dog-eared pages to advertising at rear. 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 1952.  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 Function Of Fortuity by Sam Elton
  • The Rise Of The Skyscraper by Carl Condit
  • Midcentury Stocktaking by Lawrence Anderson
  • House by Worley Wong And John Campbell
  • House by Henry Hill
  • Honor Awards: American Institute Of Architects, Southern California And Pasadena Chapters. Distinguished Honor Awards: Whitney Smith & A. Quincy Jones, Robert Alexander. Honor Awards: Daniel, Mann & Johnson; William Pereira & Charles Luckman; Victor Gruen;  Whitney Smith & A. Quincy Jones; Henry Eggers; Sumner Spaulding & John Rex; Edla Muir; Richard Neutra; Marsh, Smith & Powell. Special Citation: Robert Alexander.
  • Honorable Mention In Architecture, American Institute Of Architects
  • Notes In Passing
  • Art
  • Currently Available 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.