Gingko Press was established in 1985 by Mo Cohen and Julie von der Ropp in Hamburg, Germany. During the nineties, the publishing house moved to California. Among its significant editions, Gingko Press has also begun publishing ventures with Juxtapoz Magazine, ObeyGiant, Upper Playground, Victionary, and Kill Your Idols. Widewalls encourages you to check out its Street Art & Graffiti section. There are a number of bestsellers and we draw your attention to the following titles.
Banksy – You are an Acceptable Level of Threat
This comprehensive collection of photographs of Banksy’s street work compiled by Gary Shove and Patrick Potter concentrates on the period of the late ‘90s up until the end of 2011. The book sets about presenting Banksy’s art in the context of the era he was responding to. The locations are from around the world (predominantly the UK, US and Europe), and many images have never been seen before. Banksy – You are an Acceptable Level of Threat can be purchased at the price of $35. You may also like another book about Banksy titled Banksy: Myths and Legends, a collection of myths, rumors and legends about the famous street art icon.
Obey: Supply & Demand
Obey: Supply & Demand, The Art of Shepard Fairey – 20th Anniversary Edition expands upon the previous version of this book and adds 100 new pages of illustrations and text to showcase Shepard Fairey’s extensive body of work, a massive retrospective covering 20 colorful years. From exhibitions, posters, flyers, silkscreens and stickers to high altitude pursuits, citations and police beatings, it’s all documented in a museum quality layout and binding. Through the lens of esteemed writers and critics such as Carlo McCormick, Steven Heller, Henry Rollins, Rob Walker, Roger Gastman and more, readers learn about Shepard Fairey, the roots of the omnipresent OBEY street art campaign, his design practice and prolific gallery exhibitions. Also featured are artworks in diverse mediums ranging from album covers (including the recently released Led Zeppelin compilation Mothership), to skateboards and T-shirts. This must-have book can be yours for $59.95.
Another bestseller, Os Gêmeos is published on the occasion of their exhibition at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, August 1 – November 25, 2012. Paintings from the Exhibition at ICA Boston are of course featured, but the chapters Studio Work, Drawings and Outdoor Work make evident why Otavio and Gustavo have risen to international prominence, both in the gallery and the streets. The oversize format allows the reader to fully enjoy the colors and forms of the leaders of urban art in Brazil. The book costs $29.95.
Herakut — After the Laughter
Herakut — After the Laughter takes an intimate view at the artist-duo behind the impressive pieces, as well as their dynamic as a team, their interior styles, and their place within the art world. Designed as a scrapbook by Hera and Akut, the title features all new murals, works on canvas, and sketches. The book is collaged with images in different mediums and includes revealing photographs of the duo for only $39.95. You may also like the book entitled Herakut – The Perfect Merge, which explores the interpersonal and creative processes behind the duo’s murals and canvas paintings.
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