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 and architecture
. A&A was an ambitious and groundbreaking publication and the era’s greatest architects were featured in A&A, as well as two of today’s most wildly successful architects, Frank Gehry and Richard Meier, who had their debuts in its pages. A&A was instrumental in putting american architecture—and in particular california modernism—on the map.
this collection comes with ten boxes, each containing a complete year’s worth of arts and architecture magazines from 1945–1954. That’s 6,076 pages in 118 issues reproduced in their entirety—beginning with the 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. arts and architecture 1945–54 will be followed in autumn 2009 by a second set, 1955–1967, bringing together all the existing issues of the modern era.
this new taschen publication, limited to 5,000 numbered copies, provides a comprehensive record of mid-century american architecture and brings the legendary arts and architecture back to life after forty years.
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