ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE, February 1955. John Entenza [Editor]. Rico Lebrun; Victor Gruen; Furniture Report 1955.

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February 1955

John Entenza [Editor], Brett Weston  [Cover Artist]


John Entenza [Editor]: ARTS AND ARCHITECTURE. Los Angeles: John D. Entenza, Volume 72, number 2, February 1955. A very good vintage magazine with light wear overall: a well-preserved copy. Interior unmarked and clean.  Subscriber mailing label on back panel. Cover photograph by Brett Weston.

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.

  • The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences by Wurster, Bernardi and Emmons, Architects
  • Town house by Richard Neutra, Architect
  • Unit System for Schools by Victor Gruen, Architect
  • Small Factory by George Vernon Russell , Architect
  • Shaft -- An Experiment in Structure at the California State Polytechnic College,
  • Rico Lebrun by Jules Langsner
  • Urban Renewal by Ira J. Bach [First of two parts]
  • Furniture -- January 1955 by Lazette Van Houten. George Nelson for Herman Miller, John Keal, Greta Grossman, Joe Amburke, Harvey Probber, Pacific Iron Products, Allan Gould, Edward Frank, Douglas Maier, Milo Baughman, Maurizio Tempestini, George Tanier, Kofod-Larson, Edward Wormley, Jens Risom, Peter Hvidt, Lewis Butler, Darrel Landrum, John Stuart, Thonet, Glenn Of California, Abel Sorenson, T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, David Weinstock for Raymor, Van-Keppel Green, Bertha Schaeffer, etc.
  • Art
  • Music
  • Notes in Passing
  • J. O. B.
  • Currently available products Literature and information

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.