Friday, November 14, 2008

Major New Purchase: Arts and Architecture Magazine 1945-1954


The Library has just purchased the Taschen reprint of the entire 1945-1954 run of Arts and Architecture Magazine. The purchase fills a major gap in the Library's journals collection.
John Entenza's groundbreaking magazine was instrumental in putting American Architecture on the map and championing the Case Study House Program. Focusing not only on architecture but also design, art, music, politics, and social issues, A&A was an ambitious and groundbreaking publication. The era’s greatest architects were featured in A&A, including Neutra, Schindler, Saarinen, Ellwood, Lautner, Eames, and Koenig; and two of today’s most wildly successful architects, Frank Gehry and Richard Meier, had their debuts in its pages. Other key contributors to the magazine include photographers Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller, writers Esther McCoy and Peter Yates, and cover designers Herbert Matter and Alvin Lustig.
The journal is available for reference only in the Mackintosh Library between 11 and 12 weekdays.