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, 314 pages, 15 x 21 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by E P Dutton / New York
$70.00 - Out of stock
Scarce first 1976 printing of this fantastic and now rarely seen book collection of essays by internationally acclaimed writer, art critic, activist and curator, Lucy R. Lippard.
"FROM THE CENTER : Feminist Essays on Women's Art" is broken into three sections: GENERAL ESSAYS, MONOGRAPHS, and FICTION. GENERAL ESSAYS include 12 major essays such as ""Sexual Politics : Art Style", "Household Images in Art", "Fragments", "What is Female Imagery", "Making Up: Role-Playing and Transformation in Women's Art", "The Pains and Pleasures of Rebirth: European and American Women's Body Art", "The Womens' Art Movement - What Next?" and more. MONOGRAPHS is made up of writings dedicated to single artists, including essays on the work of Eva Hesse, Adrian Piper, Jo Baer, Joan Mitchell, Hanne Darboven, Ree Morton, Louise Bourgeois, Faith Ringgold, Yvonne Rainer, Nancy Graves and many more. A suburb collection, illustrated throughout with examples of the work written about, including a colour plate section.
Out of print title / Used*
Published by Collier Books / New York
$35.00 - Out of stock
Book edition of Linda Nochlin's famous essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?", that first appeared in the January 1971 issue of ARTnews, together with the follow-up essay "GREAT WOMEN ARTISTS" by Thomas B. Hess. Together these texts are followed by a collection of ten essay replies to "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?", including "Dialogue" by Elaine de Kooning with Rosalyn Drexler; "The Hermaphrodite" by Bridget Riley; "Do Your Work" by Louise Nevelson; "Women without Pathos" by Eleanor Antin; "The Double-Bind" by Suzi Gablik; "Healthy Self-Love" by Sylvia Stone; "Moving Out, Moving Up" by Marjorie Strider; "Social Conditions Can Change" by Lynda Benglis; "Artists Transgress All Boundaries" by Rosemarie Castoro; "SEXUAL ART-POLITICS" by Elizabeth C. Baker; and "IN THE UNIVERSITY" by Lee Hall. Five sections of the book are made up of exemplary art works by Agnes Martin, Eva Hesse, Mary Bauermeister, Lee Hall, Nancy Graves, Dorothea Rockburne, Lee Bontecou, Jo Baer, Niki de St. Phalle, Kiki Kogelnik, Deborah Remington, Joan Snyder, Louise Nevelson, Lynda Benglis, Eleanor Antin, Sylvia Stone, Suzi Gablik, Joan Mitchell, Bridget Riley, Sylvia Sleigh, Jean Follett, Charmion Von Wiegand, Louise Bourgeois, Marcia Marcus,Marisol, Louisa Matthiasdottir, Chryssa, Mary Frank, Perle Fine, Elaine de Kooning, Roslyn Drexler, and many more.
Hardcover, 264 pages (colour ill.), 28.2 x 28.2 cm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$84.00 - Out of stock
This is a large-scale survey of the iconic artist Joan Mitchell (1925–1992), which focusses on painting, from the early work of the 1950s to her last years, presenting nearly 30 paintings by one of 20th century art’s most significant protagonists.
A large part of the exhibition and this accompanying publication is dedicated to the first extensive public presentation of archival materials, providing an extraordinary insight into the artist’s fascinating life. Film, photographs, and other ephemera shed light on Joan Mitchell's personality and her relationship to such cultural figures as Elaine de Kooning, Frank O’Hara, and Samuel Beckett.
Mitchell's early work displayed an affiliation to the New York School, but her gestural application of paint changed by the end of the 1950s on moving to France when she began citing such painters as Vincent van Gogh as role models. This retrospective gathers together works from the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and from private collections, some of which have rarely or never been publicly shown before.
Yilmaz Dziewior, in his essay, locates Mitchell’s work within an art historical context, whilst the current relevance of her painting is discussed, in conversation, by Isabelle Graw and Jutta Koether and in a separate text by Ken Okiishi, as a representative of a younger generation. An illustrated timeline, compiled by Laura Morris, once again interweaves Mitchell's life and work.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Joan Mitchell: Retrospective – Her Life and Paintings at Kunsthaus Bregenz, 10 July – 25 October 2015.
Due to the weight of this volume, your order will likely incur additional postage costs. We will contact you with the best shipping advice upon your order, or alternatively, please email us in advance. Thank you for understanding.
2016, English / German
Softcover, 264 pages, 23 x 16.5 cm
Published by Texte Zur Kunst / Berlin
$29.00 - Out of stock
ISSUE NO. 101 / MARCH 2016 “POLARITIES”
Issue No. 101 of Texte zur Kunst takes “Polarities” as its theme – a term we associate with what’s unfolding around us right now: ideological polarization, from Pegida to Donald Trump. How do we understand the growing gap between the ideals of tech/smooth space (where the art world tends to reside, swiftly neutralizing any resistance as “content”) and the striated regions of material unrest? How do we understand “polarization” despite our dominant, and inherently continuous, neoliberal system? Given these macro conditions in which art critical and art historical discourses are currently being formed, and within which they will need to position themselves, could the image of polarization be something not to avoid but to engage; perhaps even a potentially generative model for times that are anything but ideology-free?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ET SOUS LA PLAGE … ? / Philipp Felsch interviews Timothy Brennan on the state of left theory
ALWAYS POLARIZE? / Conditions and limitations of a model of argumentation
LIBERTY, EQUALITY, SECURITY / Four questions for Carolin Emcke
ENTER THE VOID / Roy Scranton and @LILINTERNET on hyperreality and reflexive narrative
DANIEL COLUCCIELLO BARBER AND DAVIS RHODES
THE TERROR WITHIN
HEIMAT / Notes on the enduring renaissance of an idea
"12 PHOTOGRAPHS OF ULRIKE MEINHOF" / Taken in October 1966 for "Konkret" by Inge-Maria Peters
NATIONAL CUSTOMS / Sven Lütticken on Germany's Kulturgutschutzgesetz
IST DER MENSCH DOCH NOCH ZU RETTEN? / Svenja Bromberg über Nina Powers Aufsatzsammlung „Das kollektive politische Subjekt“
HEY MOTHERFUCKERS, HERE IS YOUR GENERATIONAL NOVEL / Tobias Madison über Seth Prices Roman „Fuck Seth Price“
Hans-Jürgen Hafner über Daniel Richter in der Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/M. / Astrid Mania über Verena Pfisterer bei Exile, Berlin / Ana Teixeira Pinto on Július Koller at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw / Beate Söntgen über Joan Mitchell im Museum Ludwig, Köln / Daniel Keller on Peter Fend at Barbara Weiss and Oracle, Berlin / Manfred Hermes über Anne Speier bei Silberkuppe, Berlin
SPERRIGE NAHEVERHÄLTNISSE / Eva Kernbauer über „to expose, to show, to demonstrate, to inform, to offer. Künstlerische Praktiken um 1990“ im Mumok, Wien
DER GESCHMACK DES PRIVATEN / Barbara Buchmaier und Christine Woditschka über die Sammlung Würth im Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
BENEFITS / Sarah Lookofsky on “Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
NOBODY EVER DID WHAT WE DID / David Rimanelli on Dash Snow at the Brant Foundation Art Study Center, Greenwich, Connecticut
MALEREI MALGRÉ TOUT / Maria Muhle über „Painting 2.0“ im Museum Brandhorst, München
PUNK’S NOT DEAD, JUST DIFFERENT / Gili Tal on “Rum, sodomy, and the lash” at Eden Eden, Berlin
WITHIN YOU WITHOUT YOU / Jenny Nachtigall on Carolee Schneemann at Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
FREMDE ZUNGEN / Yilmaz Dziewior über „Slip of the Tongue“ in der Punta della Dogana, Venedig
LOCAL UNION / Rhea Anastas on Union Gaucha Productions at Artists Space, New York
Hardcover, 280 pages, 31.6 x 3.1 x 26 cm
Published by Prestel / Munich
$130.00 - In stock -
The resurgent interest in contemporary painting in recent years has coincided with an explosion of new digital media and technologies. Contrary to canonical accounts premised on medium-specificity, painting’s most advanced positions since the 1960s have developed in productive friction with contemporaneous forms of mass media and culture. From the rise of television and computers to the Internet revolution, painting has assimilated precisely those cultural and technological developments that were held responsible for its presumed “death.” Moving far beyond its technical definition as “oil on canvas,” painting during the information age has consistently offered a site for negotiating the challenges of a mediated life-world.
Featuring over 230 works by 107 artists, Painting 2.0 is one of the largest and most comprehensive exhibitions of contemporary painting in recent years.
Kai Althoff, Ei Arakawa/Shimon Minamikawa, Monika Baer, Nairy Baghramian, Georg Baselitz, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lynda Benglis, Sadie Benning, Judith Bernstein, Joseph Beuys, Ashley Bickerton, Cosima von Bonin, KAYA (Debo Eilers & Kerstin Brätsch), Günter Brus, Daniel Buren, Merlin Carpenter, Leidy Churchman, William Copley, René Daniëls, Guy Debord/Asger Jorn, Carroll Dunham, Mary Beth Edelson, Thomas Eggerer, Michaela Eichwald, Nicole Eisenman, Jana Euler, Louise Fishman, Andrea Fraser, Isa Genzken, Mary Grigoriadis, Philip Guston, Wade Guyton, GuytonWalker, Raymond Hains, Harmony Hammond, David Hammons, Keith Haring, Rachel Harrison, Mary Heilmann, Eva Hesse, Charline von Heyl, Ull Hohn, Jacqueline Humphries, Jörg Immendorff, Jasper Johns, Joan Jonas, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Yves Klein, Jutta Koether, Michael Krebber, Manfred Kuttner, Maria Lassnig, Sherrie Levine, Glenn Ligon, Lee Lozano, Konrad Lueg, Michel Majerus, Piero Manzoni, Kerry James Marshall, Hans-Jörg Mayer, John Miller, Joan Mitchell, Ree Morton, Ulrike Müller, Matt Mullican, Elisabeth Murray, Cady Noland, Hilka Nordhausen, Albert Oehlen, Laura Owens, Steven Parrino, Ed Paschke, Howardena Pindell, Sigmar Polke, Seth Price, Stephen Prina, R.H. Quaytman, Robert Rauschenberg, David Reed, Gerhard Richter, Mimmo Rotella, Niki de Saint Phalle, Mario Schifano, Amy Sillman, Sylvia Sleigh, Josh Smith, Joan Snyder, Reena Spaulings, Nancy Spero, Gruppe SPUR, Frank Stella, Walter Swennen, Paul Thek, Rosemarie Trockel, Cy Twombly, Jacques de la Villeglé, Kelley Walker, Andy Warhol, Sue Williams, Karl Wirsum, Martin Wong, Christopher Wool, Heimo Zobernig, u.a.