Remembering Mo Cohen (1950 – 2020)

March 17, 2020

March 4th, 2020

Mo Cohen passed away peacefully in his sleep at his house in Hamburg on March 4th. Best known as owner and director of Gingko Press, Cohen was a larger-than-life figure in publishing circles. For decades, Mo could be found joyfully holding court at the Frankfurt Book Fair, wheeling, dealing and cracking jokes. Born in Tel Aviv, but forged in New York, Cohen cut his teeth as a bookseller working at East Side Bookshop, New Morning Bookshop & later at the venerable St. Mark’s Bookshop in the 70s and 80s before becoming a sales rep at Schocken books. By the mid-80s he’d met the love of his life and eventual co-founder of Gingko Press, Julie von der Ropp. After a stint as an agent and rep for Black Sparrow Press, Cohen co-founded Gingko Press with von der Ropp in Hamburg, Germany in 1985. In 1991 Cohen and von der Ropp launched Gingko Press USA, starting out in John Martin’s Black Sparrow offices. Martin was a long-time friend and inspiration. Mo’s reverence of authors and approach to publishing in general was greatly influenced by Martin’s legendary loyalty and the Black Sparrow model. Cohen is survived by his sister Myra and will be widely remembered for his quick wit, infectious laugh and unorthodox approach to publishing. Mo was laid to rest in Hamburg.

Celebration of the Life and Work of David King: Artist, Designer, Punk, Filmmaker

November 25, 2019

Earlier this month we released David King Stencils: Past, Present and Crass in association with Kill Your Idols. Sadly just before the title’s official release, the immensely talented and beloved David King passed away. This coming Monday 12/2, we’ll be celebrating his life and work with a book launch party hosted by the Green Arcade in San Francisco. We hope to see you there.

Event Details:
Monday, December 2, 7 PM (doors open 6:30)
McRoskey Mattress Company 3rd Floor Loft, 1687 Market St (across from the Green Arcade)

About the Book: This long-overdue monograph features David King’s iconic stencil-only designs, starting with his legendary logo for the UK band Crass and continuing to the present day. Both the artist’s process and finished output are on display in this revealing collection, from the covered-in-layers-of-paint stencils themselves to the drawings and designs outlining the thought process and ultimately the final art. Many of these works used multiple stencils and colors to create one-off finished pieces that you’re likely to find only within the pages of this book. Includes essays by: Steven Heller, Matt Borruso, Barry McGee and Howard A. Rodman.

About the Author: David King (1948-2019) grew up in post-war London and attended art school there from 1964 to 1967. He went on to become an art director for a decade thereafter, but left the commercial art world as he became more involved in music and confrontational graphics. In 1977 he created the logo design for the foundational punk band Crass, dubbed the ‘double-headed snake and cross’. In the intervening years, he moved to New York and was commissioned to do graphics for clubs like Danceteria, Peppermint Lounge, and for the Museum of Modern Art. He also joined the band Arsenal around this time. Eventually Arsenal relocated from New York to San Francisco, changing its name to Sleeping Dogs and then finally Brain Rust. In the early 1990s King attended the San Francisco Art Institute, studying media he hadn’t in the UK: painting, sculpture and photography. Since that time, David King has made short films, continued with his logo design for bands and record labels, published a number of photo books and made stencils throughout his entire career.

SF Art Book Fair 2019: Themes+Projects & Gingko Press

July 15, 2019

Ready to get your annual fix for the latest artists’ publications and ephemera? We’re happy to announce that this year Gingko’s presence at the SF Art Book Fair will be in collaboration with Themes+Projects gallery. Located inside the Minnesota Street Project, Themes+Projects is on the second floor in space #205. In addition to their photography publications, their gallery space will also feature a large selection of new art and pop culture books from our list.

The three-day fair is free and open to the public. Come enjoy talks, book launches, exhibitions, and more. We’re excited to see you there!

SFABF 2019
1275 Minnesota Street, Themes+Projects Gallery (Space #205)
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 732-0300

Friday, July 19th – 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, July 20th – 11am – 6pm
Sunday, July 21st – 11am – 5pm

Tiffany Bozic – “Unnatural Selections” On Sale Now

December 20, 2018

Look for Tiffany Bozic’s newest masterpiece Unnatural Selections, in stores now.

“The natural world gets an unusual interpretation through the lens of Northern California-based painter Tiffany Bozic. She combines a highly developed realism with surreal juxtapositions of animals and plants in carefully composed paintings that question the ‘natural order’ of the environment.” – Colossal.

Get your copy: IndieBound. Barnes & Noble. Amazon.


Remembering Julie von der Ropp

May 21, 2018

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Julie von der Ropp. Julie co-founded Gingko Press in 1985. She will be missed.

Remembering Eric McLuhan (1942 – 2018)

May 21, 2018

Eric McLuhan  passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 17, after losing consciousness in his hotel room in Bogota, Columbia after an academic visit to the Universidad de la Sabana in Chía, 7 km north of Bogota. He had been invited to deliver the inaugural lecture for the Doctorate in Communication program at the university. Titled “Media Ecology in the 21st Century”, it was very well-received. He was a scholar and a religious humanist, continuing his scholarship, research and writing until the end.

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