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.
Softcover, 310 pages, 21 x 30 cm
Published by Aspen Art Museum / Aspen
$126.00 - Out of stock
Using familiar materials such as receipts, newspaper and plastic bags, Mexican-born, Los Angeles–based artist Gabriel Kuri (born 1970) is interested in the way that money mediates almost all human relationships.
This large publication accompanies his Aspen Art Museum exhibition, comprising an extensive selection of works that center on Kuri's interest in the transactional residue of daily life and broad-based ideas of tracking systems in economics, politics, consumption and production. The catalogue also features essays by Daniel McClean and Heidi Zuckerman, as well as an interview between Kuri and Sofia Hernández Chong Cuy.
Paperback, 130 pages, 17 x 25 cm
Published by Blaffer Art Museum / University of Houston
$70.00 - Out of stock
Over the past decade, Gabriel Kuri (born 1970) has been ransacking the paradoxes of material consumption, extracting both visual and linguistic value from the tracking systems and trivial marketing mechanisms that fill our daily lives. Kuri's sculptures and collages are often fashioned from the residue of monetary exchanges and consumed goods that the artist collects on a daily basis, but their richness lies in their unusual calibration of manual and conceptual properties: his works reward eye and mind equally. "Model for a Victory Parade," for example, consists of a conveyor belt with a crumpled energy-drink can trapped and perpetually tumbling at one end. The visual appeal of this work quickly opens out into speculations on the ironies of humankind's energy consumption.
"Nobody Needs to Know the Price of Your Saab" is presented in conjunction with Kuri's survey at Blaffer Art Museum.
Published by Blaffer Art Museum
Texts by Claudia Schmuckli, Elena Filipovic, Abraham Cruzvillegas.
Using familiar materials such as receipts, newspaper, band soaps, and plastic bags, Gabriel Kuri focuses our attention on contemporary consumer culture and the circulation of money, information, and energy in both our global economy and in our day-to-day activities. Kuri has been described as a playful accountant who uses personal experience as a point of departure to explore the ways we quantify and chart the most basic events and transactions in our lives.
Kuri is among a loose collection of artists from Mexico to gain international attention in recent years. His first solo museum exhibition in the U.S. includes approximately 30 sculptures and 15 collages, including Untitled (Superama), a series of three nine-foot-tall tapestries intricately hand-woven in Mexico to resemble Wal-mart receipts.
$30.00 - In stock -
Gabriel Kuri is known for his investigation into the manifestation of form and material. An ongoing interest of the artist is the structure of improvised disaster shelters and polling stations, highlighting our material relationship with aid, politics and economics, and questioning the possibilities of sculpture.
This limited edition publication—co-published with The Common Guild, Glasgow, on the occasion of a solo exhibition by Kuri—comprises a collection of found images of these structures, which both resemble and inform the artist’s sculptural practice.
Taking its title from David Hume’s work A Treatise of Human Nature(1739) in which he wrote that “all knowledge resolves itself into probability,” Kuri has twisted the phrase to suggest that the very idea of a future event tends to result in a material form.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 224 pages, 9 x 14.5 cm
1st Edition of 2000,
Published by Dent De Leone / London
$37.00 - In stock -
Artists’ Cocktails by Ryan Gander - A compendium of artists’ cocktails
with Åbäke, Allora & Calzadilla, Spencer Anthony, Cory Arcangel, Art & Language, Jesse Ash, Mary Aurory, Fiona Banner, David Batchelor, Justin Beal, Jacqueline Bebb, Vanessa Billy, Pierre Bismuth, Martin Boyce, Pavel Büchler, Dinos Chapman, Steve Claydon, Keren Cytter, Jeremy Deller, Joseph del Pesco, Anthony Discenza, Rose Duvall, Sean Edwards, Vivi Enkyo, Aston Ernest, Winnie Ernest, Abbé Faria, Claire Fontaine, Simon Fujiwara, Michael Fullerton, Martino Gamper, Ryan Gander, Mario Garcia Torres, Tom Gidley, Liam Gillick, Matt Golden, Rodney Graham, Irwin Green, Joseph Grigely, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Drew Heitzler, Anton Henning, Mark Hix, The Hut Project, Pierre Huyghe, Taka Izumi, Christian Jankowski, Alan Kane, Jacob Kassay, Gabriel Kuri, Tim Lee, Gabriel Lester, Benoît Maire, Raimundas Malašauskas, Kris Martin, Christian Matthiessen, Alan Michael, Haroon Mirza, Jonathan Monk, Jody Monteith, Sarah Morris, Olivier Mosset, Shahryar Nashat, John Henry Newton, Carsten Nicolai, Olaf Nicolai, Nishikawa, David Noonan, Roman Ondák, Pratchaya Phinthong, Tobias Rehberger, David Renggli, Amanda Ross-Ho, Eran Schaerf, David Shrigley, Lucy Skaer, Bob and Roberta Smith, Nedko Solakov, Haim Steinbach, Santo Sterne, Jack Strange, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mark Titchner, Santo Tolone, Simon Turnbull, Uri Tzaig, Francis Upritchard, Yonatan Vinitsky, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Lawrence Weiner, Terrance E. White, Bedwyr Williams, Jesse Wine, John Wood & Paul Harrison, Cerith Wyn Evans...
“I have something for you, I’ll send it over. You know for four years now I have been trying to propagate shiso and it hasn’t grown. I tried everything: freezing and thawing the seeds, leaving them in the dark for a year, different temperatures and humidity… The seeds Taro sent me in February came up no problem, just in fine soil with a sheet of paper over the pot outside, no special equipment or lights. Crazy. The kitchen garden at home is now being taken over by green shiso plants with huge leaves everywhere. We have a glut, as the English call it. Fearful of it not reseeding and growing next year I’ve been stripping the leaves and producing shiso sugar syrup and shiso-infused vodka. The vodka is unbelievably good! I thought of proposing it to ABSOLUT as a new flavour. We’ll see. Anyway, I have a bottle for you! ”
Extract from: [Extracts from… ] A conversation between Ryan Gander and Masako Hosoi
Edited by Ryan Gander, Phil Mayer with editorial assistance by Holly Featherstone, Barnie Page and Anna Stoppa.
Design by Åbäke with Delphine Bourit.
Hardcover, 3 foldout booklets (22 colour plates, 8 duotone)
This title is now out-of-print.,
Published by South London Gallery / London
$45.00 - Out of stock
This catalogue has been produced for the South London Gallery exhibition Gabriel Kuri: before contingency after the fact, 29 September – 27 November 2011.
The publication includes an essay by the South London Gallery's Director Margot Heller, a selection of colour photographs of the exhibition and a selection of black and white research photographs.
"Contingency or fact: which comes first? This is one of the many questions posed by Gabriel Kuri in his South London Gallery exhibition. The difficulty in answering that question gives an early indication of what is to follow. In a new body of works which exist independently, but which together presents a series of interconnected arguments, Kuri poses numerous seemingly unanswerable questions, sending us off on multiple tangents, only to coax us back to the beginning to be prompted to start afresh."
Softcover, 44 pages, 24 x 17 cm
Published by Roma / Amsterdam
$24.00 - Out of stock
Publication based on the installation "Tillaga ad Skattaaaetlun / Suggested Taxation Scheme / Reforma Fiscal", made for the exhibition "Work Time, Life Time, Material Time", Reykjavik Arts Festival, 2005. Text by Jessica Morgan.
Softcover, 64 pages (30 color and 9 b/w ill.), 170 x 240 mm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$25.00 - Out of stock
Edited and with texts by Caroline Käding and Thomas Thiel
On the occasion of his first institutional exhibition in Germany, Gabriel Kuri (*1970, Mexico City) has created four new groups of works, which provide an insight into different aspects of his practice. Accordingly, Kuri is showing sculptures and installation; all of them are made out of found materials or industrially manufactured products, including marble slabs, sand, paper, cigarette butts, or body care products. A precise and deliberate positioning and a surprising casualness always characterize the presentation of his objects in the exhibition. With their humor and lightness of touch, his works level criticism as well as political, economic, and social conditions. In the sense of an extended notion of sculpture, he shifts the boundaries of art and the everyday, as the viewers and the everyday become part of the aesthetic form.
Gabriel Kuri lives and works in Mexico City and Brussels. He has contributed to numerous international group exhibitions, such as the 5th Berlin Biennale (2008), “Brave New Worlds” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2007), and “Unmonumental” at the New Museum, New York (2007). In addi