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, 320 pages, 11.5 x 16.5 cm
Edition of 1000,
Published by Surpllus / Melbourne
$24.00 - In stock -
Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction is an anthology of new texts by artists, curators, art historians and writers who are self-confessed science fiction fans. The linking point is the idea of science fiction as a platform for the building of alternate art histories. This collection is concerned with the ways in which science fiction might be performed, materialised or enacted within a contemporary context.
Edited by Amelia Barikin and Helen Hughes, with contributions by: Adrian Martin, Amelia Barikin, Andrew Frost, Anthony White, Arlo Mountford, Brendan Lee, Charles Green, Chris McAuliffe, Chronox, Damiano Bertoli, Darren Jorgensen, Dylan Martorell, Edward Colless, Helen Hughes, Helen Johnson, Justin Clemens, Lauren Bliss, Matthew Shannon, Nathan Gray, Nick Selenitsch, OSW, Patrick Pound, Philip Brophy, Rex Butler, Ryan Johnston, and Soda_Jerk.
Designed by Brad Haylock.
Softcover, 153 pages, 24 x 24 cm
Ed. of 750,
Published by ACCA / Melbourne
$29.00 - In stock -
Comprehensive publication to accompany the exhibition Painting. More Painting, at ACCA, 30 July–28 August 2016
and 2–25 September 2016. Featuring essays by Hannah Mathews, Quentin Sprague, Justin Paton and Jan Bryant; short, biographical texts on the seventy-nine participating artists; and documentation of all works in the exhibition printed in full colour, the catalogue offers analysis and insight into the depth and breadth of contemporary Australian painting.
Curated by Max Delany, Annika Kristensen and Hannah Mathews, Painting. More Painting was presented at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne in two chapters: 30 July–28 August and 2–25 September 2016. Each chapter was structured around a series of solo presentations (including Abdul Abdullah, Vivienne Binns, Ry David Bradley, Stephen Bram, Helen Johnson, Lisa Radford, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Teresa Baker, Angela Brennan, Mitch Cairns, Diena Georgetti, Matthys Gerber, David Jolly, Karl Wiebke) alongside an expansive panoramic group exhibition set within a dynamic mural-scaled wall painting by Sam Songailo. The solo presentations offer a focused consideration of the practices of fourteen Australian artists – seven in each chapter – demonstrating a range of distinctive positions. Alongside, and extending out from, these solo presentations, the panoramic group exhibition in ACCA’s main gallery – arranged alphabetically – presents the work of early, mid and senior-career artists whose work is conceived within the canon of painting and the medium-specificity of painterly discourse.
Reflecting the resurgent activity and critical agency of painting over the past decade, the exhibition Painting. More Painting provides an overview of contemporary Australian painting in a context in which diverse conceptual, polemic and stylistic connections and debates can be drawn between individual approaches across generations.
Softcover, 192 pages + 92 page booklet, 23 × 30 cm
Published by Discipline / Melbourne
$30.00 - Out of stock
Edited by Nicholas Croggon, David Homewood, & Helen Hughes; with a guest edited section by Ferdiansyah Thajib, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center; and designed by Robert Milne.
Cover : Gordon Bennett
Editorial by Nicholas Croggon, David Homewood & Helen Hughes
Elizabeth Newman: Abstraction, Simulation, Obscuration by Francis Plagne
Critical Ambiguity: A Kantian Reading of Recent Work by Juan Davila by Helen Johnson
Trans-Pacific: Abstract Painting in Australia, New Zealand and America 1930–1960 by Rex Butler & A.D.S. Donaldson
Object Documentation by David Homewood & Bronté Lambert
The Dispute at the 19th Biennale of Sydney by Michael Ascroft
Illusion in Wendy Paramor’s Triad by Amelia Sully
Ambient Perspective and Endless Art by Nikos Papastergiadis & Amelia Barikin
Figures of the Machine: Richard Tuohy’s Halftone Films by Giles Fielke
Non-Resolution IRL by Danni Zuvela
Interview with Hito Steyerl by Amelia Groom
The Three Bodies of Angus Cerini by Jon Roffe
Encountering a Collection: Fiona Connor’s Wallworks by Kate Warren
What it’s Like to Dance Naked in the Museum and Other Thoughts: Stuart Ringholt’s Kraft (2014) by Liang Luscombe & Patrice Sharkey
Contemporary Art and Contemporaneity: Reflections on Method, Review of Reviews (Part 2) by Terry Smith
The Eternal Return of Irony: Gordon Bennett (1955–2014) by Ian McLean
Clothes by Centre for Style
Back Cover : John Citizen
Guess edited section by Ferdiansyah Thajib, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center (loose booklet in Bahasa and English)
Holopis Kuntul Baris: Karya Seni di Era Kolaborasi yang Tampak Mekanis / Holopis Kuntul Baris: The Work of Art in the Age of Manifestly Mechanical Collaboration
Pengantar/Introduction by Ferdiansyah Thajib
Kerangka Kolektivitas/Terms of Collectivity by Simon Soon
Wok the Rock & Co.: Memahami Persahabatan dalam Dunia Seni Yogyakarta/Wok the Rock & Co.: Making Sense of Friendship in Yogyakarta’s Art Scene by Nuraini Juliastuti
Punkasila, Kerjasama dan Persahabatan/Punkasila, Cooperation and Friendship by Syafiatudina
Hestu A. Nugroho (Setu Legi)
$28.00 - In stock -
Within this book, Helen Johnson considers the operations of painting today, proposing means by which painting, as an aesthetic practice, might continue to make a critical address. She describes the book thus, “Being a painter in a post-medium specific context does not mean approaching painting as some sort of anachronistic refuge, or thinking that the modernist project of the specific medium can be rehabilitated, or even continue to be flogged. As a site for the production of meaning, painting is a rich field of loadings, neuroses and suggestiveness that can mesh with aesthetic qualities to make a charged conceptual space. Focusing on works by Juan Davila and Martin Kippenberger, this book proposes an extended understanding of how painting can operate aesthetically, grounded in Immanuel Kant’s formulation of aesthetic experience as implicitly connected to critical reflection. Kant’s Critique of Aesthetic Judgement constitutes the basis of a mobilisation of aesthetics for the reading of painting beyond formalism, embracing aesthetic criticality as an open position of refusal, rather than the dogmatic pursuit of a rational conclusion.”
Softcover, 194 pages, 13 x 19 cm
Edition of 500,
Published by Surpllus / Melbourne
$25.00 - Out of stock
Minimal Domination collects a selection of Justin Clemens’ art writings from the past decade. The title is drawn from contemporary mathematics: a minimally dominating set is the smallest set of points that neighbour all other points of a graph. A minimally dominating set is therefore a multiple and a structure which has privileged access to that which it is not. This is the secret of contemporary art: it creates discrete selections from which we can survey the whole.
Justin Clemens, former art critic for The Monthly, has written extensively on contemporary art. The essays in Minimal Domination discuss the work of Joseph Kosuth, Gordon Bennett, Juan Davila, Mike Parr, Ricky Swallow, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, Christian Capurro, Philip Hunter, and others.
Loose-leaf collection of Y3K ephemera (folded A3 exhibition posters, plus A4 inserts), 21 x 29.7 cm
Edition of 100,
Published by Y3K / Melbourne
$25.00 - In stock -
Y3K was a two-year (2009-2011) proposition initiated by James Deutsher and Christopher L G Hill, a gallery practice as-an-extension-of an art practice and-in-support-of a wider art and design community in Melbourne and Internationally.
Over two-years Y3K exhibited World Food Books, BLESS, Christopher L.G. Hill, Emmeleine deMooij, Jota Castro, Kinga Kielczynska, Melanie Bonaj, fabrics interseason, ffiXXed, Heinz Peter Knes, James Deutsher, Matt Hinkley, Olivia Barrett, Pat Foster, Jen Berean, Rob McKenzie, SIBLING, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Jon Campbell, LOST Projects, Alex Vivian, Daniel du Bern, Nick Selenitsch, Kain Picken, Next Wave, A Constructed World, Joshua Petherick, Helen Johnson, Bianca Hester, Misha Hollenbach, David Griggs, Sam Kiyoumarsi, Robert Langenegger, Nick Mangan, Matt Griffin, Masato Takasaka, Fiona Connor, Tahi Moore, Ida Ekblad, Art Centre Ongoing, Kit Lee, Kate Newby, Sriwhana Spong, Dylan Statham, Simon Taylor, Sophia Mitchell, Rowan Mcnaught, MM Yu. Ilia Farah Rosli, Marco Fusinato, TATE Modern, Marie Gaultier, Anna Hess, Veronica Kent, Jarrod Rawlins, Keith Al-Hasani, Ruby Lowe, Justin Clemens, Daniel Munn, Simon Denny, Dan Arps, Andrew Barber, Structural Integrity, Marco Fusinato, Rose Nolan, Dan Bell, Kate Smith, Ardi Gunawan, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Ben Tankard, Steve Kado, Virginia Overell, Mateo Tannatt, Sean Peoples, Inri Cristo, Tara Rawlins, Chateau 2F, Oscar Yanez, Hany Armanious, Ash Kilmartin, Elizabeth Gower, Lizzy Newman, Nina Sers, Maria Kozic, Ellen Pittman, Juan Davila, Janet Burchill, Jennifer McCarthy, Constanze Zikos, Hao Guo, Pow Martinez, Carissa Rodriguez, Tobias Kaspar, Piotr Łakomy, Natalie Rognsøy, Katherine Huang, Taree McKenzie, Ester Partegas, Mikala Dwyer and John Spiteri and more.
Each exhibition was accompanied by an A3 double sided unique limited edition poster designed by the artists and gallerists. These posters now form the basis for the Y3K publication.
Included in this publication, and on the occasion of it's launch to the public two years after the cessation of the Y3K gallery space, is an accompanying text from
The Y3K publication is a limited edition of 100, and is available from World Food Books.
Softcover(w. loose leaf inserts), 244 pages (colour & b/w ill.), 30 x 23 cm
Ed. of 1000,
Published by Discipline / Melbourne
$30.00 - Out of stock
Discipline is a Melbourne-based journal of contemporary art. It has a focus on artist pages by, and longer, research-based essays on Australian artists.
No. 3 (Winter 2013)
Edited by Nicholas Croggon and Helen Hughes and guest edited section by Raimundas Malasauskas.
Features essays by Adrian Martin on film, art and the support-surface; Anusha Kenny on Anastasia Klose; David Homewood on Dale Hickey’s cups; David Wlazlo on Ian Burn; Helen Johnson on Hany Armanious’s new sculpture for the MCA; Huw Hallam on Nikos Papasteriadis’s book Culture and Cosmopolitanism (2012); Jan Bryant on TJ Clark and the contemporary; Justin Clemens on contemporary art-as-minimal domination; Lauren Bliss on A Constructed World and Speech and What Archive; Lisa Radford on Geoff Newton; Maggie Finch on Simryn Gill; interview with Mattin by Joel Stern and Andrew McLellan; Quentin Sprague on Nyapanyapa Yunupingu’s Light Painting; Rex Butler on John Nixon: A Communist Artist; Terry Smith in response to Nikos Papastergiadis’s review of his two books What is Contemporary Art? (2009) and Contemporary Art: World Currents (2011), published in Discipline 2 (2012); and the third and final instalment of ST Lore’s serialised novel.
It also includes artist pages by: Alex Vivian, Alicia Frankovich, Brook Andrew, Claire Lambe, Dan Arps, Gabriella Mangano and Silvana Mangano, Harriet Morgan, Justin Andrews, Kate Smith, Lauren Berkowitz, The Mulka Project, Narelle Jubelin and Jacky Redgate, Nathan Gray, Nick Selenitsch, Patrick Pound, Rob McLeish, and Zoe Croggon.
And a guest-edited supplement by Raimundas Malasauskas, curator of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Designed by Annie Wu and Ziga Testen.
Softcover, perfect bound, 176 pages (colour ills), 30 x 23 cm
Edition of 1000,
Published by Discipline / Melbourne
$25.00 - Out of stock
Second issue of Melbourne's Discipline!
Nicholas Croggon & Helen Hughes Editorial
Emanuele Coccia (trans. by Connal Parsley) End of Love
Amelia Barikin Time Shrines: Melancholia and Mourning in the Work of Ash Keating
Francis Plagne Matt Hinkley and the Embedded Mark
Helen Hughes Aestheticising Architecture / Architecturalising Aesthetics: Callum Morton and Bianca Hester
Timothy Morton Yukultji Napangati: Occupying Dreaming
Helen Johnson A Moment An Immeasurable Whole (on Mira Gojak)
David Homewood RR / SK: Public Exhibition
Steve Salisbury Kimberley Dinosaur Tracks
Kate Warren Unstable Realities in Omer Fast’s Five Thousand Feet Is The Best
Adrian Martin Price Tag
Vivian Ziherl Recommended Reading: LIP Magazine (1976-1984)
Sarinah Masukor All The News That’s Fit To Sing: Vernon Ah Kee’s Tall Man
Tim Alves The Telling Moment Revisited: Vernon Ah Kee’s Tall Man
Nikos Papastergiadis Can There Be a History of Contemporary Art?
James Parker Retromania and the Atemporality of Contemporary Pop
GUEST EDITED SECTION - MARIA FUSCO (EDITOR)
Maria Fusco Editorial: The Human Word is Midway Between the Muteness of Animals and the Silence of God
Nikolaus Gansterer & Moira Roth The Hand & The Creature
John Berger Why Look At Animals?
Yve Lomax A Philosopher, A Cat, A Monkey and Nudity
John Bevis Mnemonics for Bird Songs and Calls
Nikolaus Gansterer & Moira Roth The Hand, The Creatures & The Singing Garden
A Constructed World
Christopher LG Hill
Editors: Nick Croggon and Helen Hughes
Guest Editor: Maria Fusco
Design: Annie Wu and Ziga Testen