ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, December 1955. La Gardo Tackett New Planting Pots.

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December 1955

John Entenza [Editor]

John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 72, No. 12, December 1955. Slim folio. Saddle-stitched printed wrappers. 38 pp. Illustrated articles and advertisments. Subscriber mailing label to rear panel. Cover by Lita Rocha. Pencilled marginalia to Dore Ashton’s Art column. Wrappers lightly soiled and worn, 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 1955.  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.

  • House: Harry Seidler
  • House: Bolton & Barnstone
  • Hilltop House: Pierre Koenig
  • Italian Skyscraper: Angelo Mangiarotti & Bruno Morassutti
  • The Finnish National Theatre: Kaija & Heikki Siren
  • Banners—Immaculate Heart College. From the classroom of Sister Mary Corita.
  • The Necessity Of The Artist In A Democratic Society—Walter Gropius
  • The King And Quenn: Henry Moore
  • New Planting Pots: La Gardo Tackett. Photographed by Bob Lopez!
  • Music
  • Art
  • Notes In Passing
  • Education For Design By Michael Farr
  • Jan De Swart
  • Italian Furniture: Angelo Mangiarotti & Bruno Morassutti
  • J. O. B.
  • Currently Available Product Literature And Information
  • Howard Miller Clocks, Paul McCobb, Steelbilt, Craig Ellwood steel framed house, 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 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.