ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, September 1951. John Entenza [Editor]. Max Yavno Cover; Alvin Lustig shop design; etc.

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September 1951

John Entenza [Editor], Max Yavno  [Cover Artist]


John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 68, No. 9, September 1951. Wrappers worn and soiled. Textblock thumbed. Cover design by Max Yavno. A good copy.

9.75 x 12.75 vintage magazine with 58 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.

  • The Rise and Continuity of Abstract Art by Robert Motherwell
  • Adolph Gottlieb
  • Railroad Station In Rome by M. Castelliazzi, V. Fadigati, E. Montuori & A. Vitellozzi
  • House by Richard Neutra
  • Mid Wilshire Medical Building by Victor Gruen
  • House by William Corlett
  • House by Thornton Abell
  • House by Worley K. Wong & John Campbell
  • Shop by Alvin Lustig
  • Sculpture In Cinema, Bernard Rosenthal
  • Products Of Merit, Steelbilt, Inc.
  • Music
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • Notes In Passing
  • Full-Page For The Herman Miller Furniture Company
  • 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.