World Food Books is a book shop in Melbourne, Australia.
Founded in 2010, World Food Books is a book service dedicated to the presentation of a rotating, hand-selection of quality international art and design journals, artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogues, artists’ editions, collected writings and printed ephemera.
Presenting new titles alongside rare and out-of-print publications spanning the fields of contemporary art, modern art, cultural theory, photography, film, poetry, fiction, fashion, architecture, interior design, typography, illustration, politics and much between, World Food Books wishes to encourage active and thoughtful reading, looking, writing, publishing, and exchanging of art and design press, both contemporary and historical.
As well as our book shop, located in Melbourne's historical Nicholas Building, all of our inventory is available internationally via our online mail-order service. We also have outposts at MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) and Westspace, both also in Melbourne.
World Food Books semi-regularly co-ordinates "Occasions", a program of exhibits and events at the bookshop and in partnership with other hosts (such as museums and art galleries) that develop out of the activities, relationships and content of the bookshop itself.
World Food Books
The Nicholas Building
Studio 19, Level 3
37 Swanston Street
FRI 12-7 PM
SAT 12-4 PM
& OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
MAIL ORDER RUNS EVERY DAY
World Food Books
PO Box 435
Theory / Essay
Architecture / Interior
Graphic Design / Typography
Fiction / Poetry
Film / Video
Sculpture / Installation
Performance / Dance / Theater
Sound / Music
Group Shows / Collections
Illustration / Graphic Art
Ceramics / Glass
Italian Radical Design / Postmodernism
"Various Works 1986 - 1999"
02 February 16 - September 10, 2016
Various works 1986 - 1999, from two houses, from the collections of John Nixon, Sue Cramer, Kerrie Poliness, Peter Haffenden and Phoebe Haffenden.
Including: Geometry of Cakes (various shelves), 1993; Poor People’s Law (black and white plate), 1993; White Absence (glasses, ruler, set square, silver spoon, silver ladel with skin photograph and wooden cubes), 1990-1996; Exploitation of the Dead (grey and red star painting, wooden painting, black spoon with red table, red plate), 1984-1990; Money and Zeros (zero tie, paintings made for friends in Australia (Sue, John, Kerrie), numbers painting), 1991-1992; Words - Slogans (various t-shirts) - “they talk about the death of art...help! someone is trying to kill me”, “my sweet little lamb”, “work is a disease - Karl Marx”; Various artist books, catalogues, monographs, videos; Poster from exhibition Insulting Anarchy; "Circular" Croatian - Australian edition; Artist book by Vlado Martek (Dostoyevsky); more.
Thanks to Mladen Stilinović and Branka Stipančić.
Curated by Nic Tammens
March 26 - April 4, 2015
B.Wurtz works from a basement studio in his home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
This local fact is attested to by the plastic shopping bags and newsprint circulars that appear in his work. As formal objects, they don’t make loud claims about their origins but nonetheless transmit street addresses and places of business from the bottom of this long thin island. Like plenty of artists, Wurtz is affected by what is local and what is consumed. His work is underpinned by this ethic. It often speaks from a neighborhood or reads like the contents of a hamper:
“BLACK PLUMS $1.29 lb.”
“USDA Whole Pork Shoulder Picnic 99c lb.”
“RITE AID Pharmacy, with us it’s personal.”
“H. Brickman & Sons.”
“Sweet Yams 59c lb."
Most of the work in this exhibition was made while the artist was in residence at Dieu Donne, a workshop dedicated to paper craft in Midtown. Here Wurtz fabricated assemblages with paper and objects that are relatively lightweight, with the intention that they would be easily transportable to Australia. This consideration isn’t absolute in Wurtz’s work, but was prescriptive for making the current exhibition light and cheap. Packed in two boxes, these works were sent from a USPS post office on the Lower East Side and delivered to North Melbourne by Australia Post.
Wurtz appears courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York.
Thanks to Rob Halverson, Joshua Petherick, Sari de Mallory, Matt Hinkley, Helen Johnson, Fayen d'Evie, Ask Kilmartin, Lisa Radon, Ellena Savage, Yale Union, and "Elizabeth".
December 15 - January 20, 2014
The presentation of John Nixon's archive offered a rare showcase of this extensive collection of the artist's own publications, catalogues, posters, ephemera, editions and more, from the mid 1980s onwards, alongside a selection of his artworks.
Organized by John Nixon, Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley.
at Minerva, Sydney (curated by Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley)
November 15 - December 20, 2014
Lupo Borgonovo, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley,
Lewis Fidock, HR Giger, Piero Gilardi, Veit Laurent Kurz,
Cinzia Ruggeri, Michael E. Smith, Lucie Stahl, Daniel Weil, Wols
“...It contained seven objects. The slender fluted bone, surely formed for flight, surely from the wing of some large bird. Three archaic circuitboards, faced with mazes of gold. A smooth white sphere of baked clay. An age-blackened fragment of lace. A fingerlength segment of what she assumed was bone from a human wrist, grayish white, inset smoothly with the silicon shaft of a small instrument that must once have ridden flush with the surface of the skin - but the thing’s face was seared and blackened.”
William Gibson, “Count Zero”, 1986
"Autumn Projects Archive"
Curated by Liza Vasiliou
March 6 - March 15, 2014
World Food Books, in conjunction with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2014, presented the Autumn Projects archive, consisting of a selection of early examples in Australian fashion with a particular interest in collecting designers and labels from the period beginning in the 1980’s, who significantly influenced the discourse of Australian Fashion.
Curated by Liza Vasiliou, the exhibition provided a unique opportunity to view pieces by designers Anthea Crawford, Barbara Vandenberg, Geoff Liddell and labels CR Australia, Covers, Jag along with early experimental collage pieces by Prue Acton and Sally Browne’s ‘Fragments’ collection, suspended throughout the functioning World Food Books shop in Melbourne.
presented by CENTRE FOR STYLE
November 14, 2013
"Hey Blinky, you say chic, I say same"
H.B. Peace is a clothing collaboration between great friends Blake Barns and Hugh Egan Westland. Their pieces explore the divergences between 'character’ and ‘personality’ in garments....etc
Special Thanks to Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley of WFB and Gillian Mears
and a Very Special Thank you to Audrey Thomas Hayes for her shoe collaboration.
Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley
May 10 - June 8, 2013
The first of our occasional exhibitions in the World Food Books office/shop space in Melbourne, "Aesthetic Suicide" presented a body of new and older works together by artists Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, including videos, prints, a wall work, and publications.
During shop open hours videos played every hour, on the hour.
$55.00 - Out of stock
From the earliest days in 1968 when the bulletin appeared Under the title of "Architectural Research" the Small statement printed on the bottom of the front page rings out with the spirit of its time : "art & project plans to bring you together with the ideas of artists, architects and technicians to discover an intelligent form for your living and working space. Art & project invites you to participate in its exhibitions which will explore ways in which art, architecture and technology can combine with you own ideas."
From Daniel Buren's transparent bulletin to Sol Lewitt's beautiful bulletin folded into 48 small squares, from Bas Jan Ader's final bulletin mailed during his last work in which he died to Gilbert & George's fragile double portrait, these issues are a unique moving international artwork that stands apart from anything else in this period in its breath of artists included and quality of original work involved. It is increasingly included in exhibitions concerned with Conceptual Art and its influences. The complete set is of prime interest to major private collectors and museums and libraries concerned with the artists involved with the bulletins. These 156 issues encapsulate an era.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition held at Cabinet Gallery, London, October 17 - December 23, 2011; & Christophe Daviet-Thery Livres et éditions d'artistes, Paris, October 27 - December 23, 2011.
Text by Clive Phillpot.
Interview between Adriaan van Ravesteijn and Tin Geerts.
Edited by Louise Riley-Smith.
Designed by Jérome Saint-Loubert Bié.
Documents the 156 Art & Project Bulletins published between 1968 and 1989 produced by artists: Charlotte Posenenske, CCC / Jan Slothouber / William Graatsma, Gruppe X, Willy Orskov, Paul Schuitema, Aldo van den Nieuwelaar, Ad Dekkers, Gianfredo Camesi, Ed Sommer, Stanley Brouwn, Jan Dibbets, Bernd Lohaus, Lawrence Weiner, Rainer Giese, W. Knoebel, Joseph Kosuth, Peter Struycken, Robert Barry, Sol LeWitt, Ger van Elk, Gilbert & George, Yutaka Matsuzawa, Douglas Huebler, Keith Arnatt, Daniel Buren, Emmy van Leersum, Gijs Bakker, Hideto Yamazaki, Mel Bochner, Hanne Darboven, Boezem, Ian Wilson, John Baldessari, Bas Jan Ader, David Askevold, Willem Breuker, William Leavitt, Alighiero Boetti, Marcel Broodthaers, Naomi Spector, Robert Ryman, Carl Andre, Ulrich Rückriem, Stephen Rosenthal, Martin Maloney, Richard Long, Roy Colmer, David Tremlett, Stephen Antonakos, Alan Charlton, Carel Visser, Barry Flanagan, Allen Ruppersberg, Francesco Clemente, Hamish Fulton, Daan van Golden, Mimmo Paladino, Sandro Chia, Jaap Berghuis, Andrew Lord, Nicholas Pope, Salvo, Bruce McLean, Toon Verhoef, Enzo Cucchi, Joris Geurts, Emo Verkerk, Narcisse Tordoir, Tomas Rajlich, Adam Colton, Tony Cragg, Jan Commandeur, David Robilliard, Zadok Ben-David, Didier Vermeiren, Leo Vroegindeweji, Han Schuil, Ab van Hanegem.
460 individual cards in wrapper, 15.25 × 10.15 cm
Published by New Documents / New York
$38.00 - Out of stock
Between 1969 and 1974, the influential curator Lucy Lippard (born 1937) curated four decisive Conceptual art exhibitions, and in doing so reinvented the exhibition catalogue. 4,492,040 is a facsimile reprint of the extremely scarce and hugely important catalogues produced for these hugely important “numbers shows” - 557,087 (the Seattle Art Museum), 955,000 (the Vancouver Art Gallery), 7,500 (the California Institute of Art) and 2,972,453 (the Centro de Arte y Comunicación). Titled after the populations of the cities in which the shows were held, each catalogue was an envelope of loose note cards containing statements, documentation and conceptual works by each artist, to be rearranged, filed or discarded at will. If Lippard described Conceptual art as the dematerialization of the art object, these catalogues effectively announced the dematerialization of the art exhibition. (One reviewer claimed Lippard had been the artist, and that her medium had been other artists.) 4,492,040 includes such iconic figures as Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Siah Armajani, Terry Atkinson, John Baldessari, Michael Baldwin, Robert Barry, Rick Barthelme, Daniel Buren, Rosemarie Castoro, Hanne Darboven, Walter de Maria, Jan Dibbets, Christos Dikeakos, Eleanor Antin, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Eva Hesse, Douglas Huebler, On Kawara, Edward Kienholz Sol LeWitt, Roelof Louw, Duane Lundon, Bruce McLean, Robert Morris, N.E. Thing Co., Bruce Nauman, Adrian Piper, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Jeff Wall and Lawrence Weiner.
Softcover, 166 pages, 9.25 x 11"
Edition of 500, 1st printing,
Published by 2nd Cannons / Los Angeles
$50.00 - Out of stock
This book brings together new texts written to accompany 79 exhibitions organized by Bob Nickas between 1984 and 2011. Nickas chose one work to represent the memory of each exhibition, and through this visual "lens" he reflects on his activity as a curator, offering many behind-the-scenes views to the art world of the 1980s and 90s, as well as intimate recollections of the artists he worked with, and the art works he encountered over the years. The book, then, can be seen as a sort of memoir. Always placing the artists and their works within a social milieu, while also aware of how art travels across time, he reminds us that both lead multiple lives, as an exhibition can reanimate a work from the past, and occasion the discovery of forgotten and marginalized figures among those who are very well-known. This retrospective catalog is also in many ways an ideal exhibition — or collection — 27 years in the making.
With 90 color and black-and-white reproductions, the book features works by:
Vito Acconci . Richard Aldrich . John M Armleder . Barry X Ball . Lisa Beck . Alan Belcher . Ben Berlow . Walead Beshty . Huma Bhabha . Doug Biggert . Marcel Broodthaers . Henri Cartier Bresson . Graham Caldwell . Vija Celmins . Art Chantry . Larry Clark . Verne Dawson . Jules de Balincourt . Jessica Diamond . Trisha Donnelly . Moira Dryer . Gardar Eide Einarsson . William Gedney . Robert Gober . Daan van Golden . Wayne Gonzales . Felix Gonzalez-Torres . Peter Halley . Richard Hawkins . Adam Helms . Eva Hesse . Peter Hujar . Jacob Kassay . On Kawara . Yves Klein . Louise Lawler . Mark Leckey . Sherrie Levine . Judy Linn . Lee Lozano . Chris Martin . Allan McCollum . McDermott & McGough . Adam McEwen . Ryan McGinley . John Miller . Olivier Mosset . Dave Muller . Chuck Nanney . Bruce Nauman . Cady Noland . Amy O'Neill . Steven Parrino . Laurie Parsons . Raymond Pettibon . Jean Prouvé . David Ratcliff . Alex Rose . Sally Ross . Allen Ruppersberg . Sam Samore . Tom Sandberg . Joan Semmel . Stephen Shore . Harry Smith . Jack Smith . Robert Smithson . Mark Stahl. Haim Steinbach. Rudolf Stingel . Lily van der Stokker . Aaron Suggs . Philip Taaffe . Paul Thek . Wolfgang Tillmans . Betty Tompkins . Josh Tonsfeldt . John Tremblay . Alan Uglow . Kelley Walker . Jeff Wall . Joan Wallace . Wallace & Donohue . Dan Walsh . Andy Warhol . Christopher Wool
2011, English / Italian
Softcover, 273 pages, 265 x 375 mm
Published by Mousse / Milan
$15.00 - Out of stock
by Antonio Scoccimarro
LUCY MCKENZIE AND MARC CAMILLE CHAIMOWICZ
Adventures Close To Home
by Michael Bracewell
Reality Production Part II
by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Etica Da Ginga A Letter from Rio De Janeiro
by Dieter Roelstraete
PART OF THE PROCESS – ALLORA & CALZADILLA
by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
CAREY YOUNG AND JILL MAGID
The Color of Law
by Introduction by Alessandro Rabottini
A Stitch in Time
by Adam Nankervis
by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with Barbara Casavecchia, Daniel Baumann, Anthony Huberman, Raimundas Malašauskas, João Ribas
TEN FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS OF CURATING
"Chapter 5: What Is the Public?" Juan A. Gaitán Images selected by Christodoulos Panayiotou
by edited by Jens Hoffmann
by David Joselit
Starting From The End
by Elena Volpato
A Readymade Mystery in Three Parts
by Adam Kleinman
KERSTIN BRÄTSCH AND AMY SILMAN
The Art and Ephemera of Allen Ruppersberg
by Andrew Berardini
After Marcel Broodthaers, on Relationism & Lost Articles
by Guillaume Désanges and Hélène Meisel
LOST AND FOUND
All That Jess
by Jens Hoffmann
Now or Never
by Jennifer Allen
On “Poesivski”, Oblivion and Cinema
by Vincent Honoré
SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo
by Will Holder
by Stefano Cernuschi
by Antonio Scoccimarro
Who Is Darius Mikšys
by Jennifer Teets
NICE TO MEET YOU – ADRIÁN VILAR ROJAS
The Aching Whale
by Cecilia Alemani
PORTFOLIO – ELIAS HANSEN
Glass Magnifies Things
by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
WHAT’S ALTERNATIVE? ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT?
Stefan Kalmár and Tirdad Zolghadr
by Curated by Vincenzo de Bellis
2007, English / German
Softcover, 48 pages (57 col. Ills.), 220 x 270 mm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$35.00 - Out of stock
Exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held at the Kunstverein Braunschweig, Germany, December 2, 2006 - February 18, 2007.
Features:Allen Ruppersberg, Bas Jan Ader, Bruce Nauman, Chris Burden, Christopher Williams, Douglas Huebler, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, Larry Johnson, Maria Nordman, Michael Asher, Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, Raymond Pettibon, Stephen Prina, William Leavitt...
June 2010, German/English
Softcover Journal, 262 pages (colour/bw ill.), offset, 230 x 165 mm
Published by Texte Zur Kunst / Berlin
$38.00 - Out of stock
Includes : Frédéric Monneyron - The Significance of Couturiers and fashion Magazines, fashion is Fun / An interview with Stefano Pilati by Merlin Carpenter, Isabelle Graw - Fashion and Vitality / A note on "Brigitte" without models, Elegant Discipline / An interview with Rick Owens by Monica Titton, Kim Gordon "Fossil Collections / On Rodarte", Monica Titton "Fashion in the City / Street-Style-Blogs and the Limits of Fashion's Democratization", "Global Fashion - Local Tradition. On the Globalization of Fashion" by Gurtrud Lehnert, Mahret Kupka "Uniform of the Slim / On the Persistence of a Silhouette", Heimo Zobernig, Rudolf Stingel, Andreas Fogarasi, Daniel Buren, Ed Ruscha, "Skin Fruit: Selections from the Dakis Joannou Collection", Allen Ruppersberg,Danica Dakic, Willem de Rooij, Michela Meise, "Crash Site/My_Never_Ending_Burial_Plot" by Juli Carson, "Donna - Avanguardia femminista negli anni '70 dalla Sammlung Verbund di Vienna", Diedrich Diederichsen - "Changing Channels. Kunst und Fernsehen 1963-1987", "2010 Whitney Biennial","Yves Saint Laurent. Rétrospective", much more.
One of the finest art journals, period. TEXTE ZUR KUNST stands for controversial discussions and contributions by internationally leading writers on contemporary art and culture. Alongside ground-breaking essays the quarterly magazine, founded in Cologne in 1990 by Stefan Germer (†) and Isabelle Graw and published in Berlin since 2000, offers interviews, roundtable discussions and extensive reviews on art, film, music, market and fashion as well as on art history, theory and cultural politics. Since 2006 the comprehensive main section section, each time devoted to a different topic, and selected reviews are published in both German and English.