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.
1993, English / German
Softcover, 35 pages, 165 x 240 mm
Published by Künstlerhaus Bethanien / Berlin
$25.00 - In stock -
Wonderful early catalogue of an exhibition held at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Nov. 27-Dec. 13, 1993 by Australian artists Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley.
Catalogue essay in English and German by Rex Butler.
Softcover, 20 pages, 15 x 20 cm
Published by Neon Parc / Melbourne
$8.00 - In stock -
Catalogue produced on the occasion of the exhibition "Burchill/McCamley" at Neon Parc, February 13-April 9, 2016 by Melbourne artists Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley. Features full-colour documentation of the exhibition installation and individual works, alongside an essay by Helen Hughes.
Design by Yanni Florence
Softcover, 14 pages, 21 x 14.8 cm
Published by Neon Parc / Melbourne
$8.00 - In stock -
Catalogue produced on the occasion of 'Shields' at Neon Parc, an exhibition of new works by Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley with a text by Justin Clemens.
Softcover, 30 pages, 17 x 20 cm
$10.00 - In stock -
Catalogue produced on the occasion of the exhibition, "Primary Views" at MUMA, Monash University Museum of Art in 2008, curated by artists Stephen Bram, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, and Juan Davila, with co-ordinating curator Kirrily Hammond.
Primary Views invited the insights of four artists represented in the Monash University collection. Each has been invited to curate a self-contained exhibition from the Monash University collection, according to their own areas of interest, expertise and aesthetic/discursive predilections. Alternative to classical or canonical art-historical readings, Primary Views considers the role of the artist as curator, encouraging new readings of the collection, and more partial, polemical and aberrant artistic historiographies.
Features texts by the curating artists and Max Delany.
Artists featured in the exhibition were: Howard Arkley, Paul Bai, Chris Barry, Charles Blackman, Peter Booth, Arthur Boyd, Stephen Bram, Horace Brodzky, Janet Burchill & Jennifer Mccamley, Ian Burn, Jane Burton, Domenico De Clario, Clyde Clinton, Noel Counihan, Mutlu Cerkez, Juan Davila, John Dunkley-Smith, Richard Dunn, Louise Forthun, John Heartfield, Bill Henson, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ronnie Van Hout, Raafat Ishak, Rosemary Laing, Robert Macpherson, Tracey Moffatt, John Nixon, Jacky Redgate, William Robins, Paul Saint, Dada Samson, Jan Senbergs, Wolfgang Sievers
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.
Softcover, 84 pages (colour ill.), 200 x 170 mm
Published by Monash University Museum of Art / Melbourne
$20.00 - In stock -
Catalogue for the exhibition A Different Temporality which brought together feminist approaches to temporality in the visual arts, with a focus on late 1970s and early 1980s Australia. Rather than an encyclopaedic summation of feminist practice at that time, selected works reflected prevalent debates and modes of practice; with a focus upon the dematerialisation of the art object, the role of film theory, and the adoption of diaristic and durational modes of practice, including performance, photography and film.
Includes a major new contribution to the scholarship on Australian feminist art history from Dr Kyla McFarlane as well as important reviews and supporting texts from the 1970s and 80s, including notably, a previously unpublished interview conducted by Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley with the American conceptual artist, feminist, educator, and writer, Mary Kelly, in 1982.
Softcover, 12 over-sized pages (colour ill.), offset, 300 x 420 mm
Edition of 500,
Published by Sandwich Artists Management LLC / New York
$10.00 - In stock -
Sandwich is a new tabloid-sized critical art journal founded by Rob Mckenzie and designed by Joshua Petherick, as an extension of Rob's former SLAVE publishing.
Issue no. 1 includes interviews with/discussions on/contributions by Ester Partegas, David Pestorius, Willy Wonka Inc., Joint Hassles, Gambia Castle, Bless, Lukas Duwenhogger, Hany Armonious, Jack Goldstein, Gwyn Porter, Isabella Bortolozzi, Mladen Stilinovic, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Julian Goethe, Luis Macias, The Suburban, Eva Svenning, Oreet Ashery, Texte Zur Kunst, Jacques Lacan, Michael Snachez, Lizzy Newman, and more... !!
Softcover, 44 pages (colour ill.), offset, 145 x 200 mm
Published by Slave / Melbourne
$10.00 - In stock -
To coincide with BLESS visiting Melbourne in 2005, Slave and Bless published BLESS No 25 The Dater 05 with the design assistance of Manuel Raeder. This organizer of months and Bless productions comes together with new contributions to Slave from Bianca Hester, Lyndal Walker, Angelo Flaccavento, Michelle Ussher and Jeremy The, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Scott Mitchell, Chris Kraus, Scott Redford, A Constructed World, Diane Pernet, and Natural Selection.
Edited by Manuel Raeder.