Arts & Architecture, 1945-54: The Complete Reprint, 10 Volumes in 2 boxes

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ISBN 9783822826782

Oprawa: miękkaStron: 6156, Format: 24 x 29,5 cm, 2008 r.

From the end of World War II until the mid-1960s, exciting things were happening in American architecture: emerging talents were focusing on innovative projects that integrated low-cost materials and modern design. This trend was most notably embodied in the famous Case Study House Program, which was championed by the era’s leading American journal, Arts & Architecture. Focusing not only on architecture but also design, art, music, politics, and social issues, A&A was an ambitious and groundbreaking publication, largely thanks to the inspiration of John Entenza, who ran the magazine for over two decades until David Travers became publisher in 1962. 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. A&A was instrumental in putting American architecture―and in particular California Modernism―on the map. 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, among many luminaries of modernism.

This collection comes with ten boxes, each containing a complete year’s worth of Arts & Architecture magazines from 1945 to 1954. That’s 6,156 pages in 118 issues reproduced in their entirety―beginning with Entenza’s January 1945 announcement of the Case Study House Program. Also included is a supplement booklet with an original essay by former A&A publisher David Travers, available in English, German, French, and Spanish; plus a master index and tables of contents for the magazine from 1945 to 1967.

This TASCHEN publication, limited to 5,000 numbered copies, provides a comprehensive record of midcentury American architecture and brings the legendary Arts & Architecture back to life after 40 years.See also:Arts & Architecture Magazine


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About the Author:

David F. Travers is the former editor and publisher of Arts & Architecture, which he ran from 1963 until 1967. He became a vice president/director of corporate development for Gruen Associates, until 1974, when he founded Arts & Architecture Press, specializing in design books. He was a consultant for architects including The Architects Collaborative, William Pereira, Charles and Ray Eames, and Daniel Mann Johnson & Mendenhall. He was also a founding member of Action for a Better Los Angeles, and served as president of the Architectural Guild at the University of Southern California. He lives in Santa Monica, California.


"When Modernism was new, Arts & Architecture, the seminal design magazine that put California Modernism on the map during the 1940s, has been lovingly republished by TASCHEN in a gorgeous facsimile edition."

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