ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, December 1953. School With A Style: Jules Langsner on The Immaculate Heart Style.

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December 1953

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 70, No. 12, December 1953. Slim quarto. Stapled printed wrappers. 38 pp. Illustrated text and articles. Cover by Lita Rocha. Mailing label to rear panel. Wrappers lightly curled, worn and soiled, but a very 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 1953.  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.

  • UNESCO Preliminary Project: Marcel Breuer
  • Hillside House: William Corlett
  • Florida House: J. West
  • Rental Units: J. Honnold & John Rex
  • Small House: Kipp Stewart
  • House: Gene Leedy
  • School With A Style: Jules Langsner on The Immaculate Heart Style.
  • Design For Christmas—Boston Institute Of Contemporary Art
  • Modern Art Exposition In Japan
  • Art
  • Music
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • Notes In Passing
  • Ads for Baker Furniture, Century Lighting, Gruen Lighting, Van Keppel-Green, etc.
  • 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 started editing a struggling magazine called California Arts and Architecture. The new Editor had big plans for the regional journal. By 1943, Entenza and his Art Director Alvin Lustig had completely overhauled and shortened the name to simply Arts and Architecture. Entenza was in the right place and the right time in order to champion all that was new in the arts, with emphasis on Modern Southern California architecture.

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.