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.
$65.00 - Out of stock
Very scarce Australian catalogue published on the occasion of the great exhibition "Sighting References: Ciphers, Systems and Codes in Recent Australian Visual Art" held in 1987 as a collaborative venture between Artspace Sydney and the Art Gallery of NSW and curated by Gary Sangster. This exhibition presents 'a range of sites of art production and reception', addressing the exhibition as a discursive and creative conjunction of (written and visual) information. Features the work of Juan Davila, Julie Brown-Rrap, Maria Kozic, Tim Johnson, Richard Dunn, Peter Tyndall, alongside essays by Elizabeth Grosz, Michael Carter, Ross Gibson, Meaghan Morris.
Softcover, 100 pages, 25 x 21 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Art Gallery of South Australia / Adelaide
$48.00 - In stock -
Catalogue published on the occasion of the exhibition "Recent Australian Painting - A Survey 1970-1983" curated by Ron Radford in 1983, at the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
"The exhibition RECENT AUSTRALIAN PAINTING: A Survey 1970-1983 is the first survey exhibition ever staged covering the whole period. It documents the major artists of the period and the overlapping movements or styles which can generally be labelled as Minimalism, Abstract Expressionism, Lyrical Abstraction, Neo Realism, Political Art, Ocker Funk, Popism and New Image Painting."
Features the work of Arthur Boyd, Mike Brown, Robert Hunter, Jenny Watson, Paddy Carrol Tjungurrayi, Dini Nolan Tjampitjinpa, Robert Rooney, Juan Davila, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Robert Macpherson, John Nixon, Dale Frank, Fred Williams, Annette Bezor, Brett Whiteley, Dick Watkins, John Brack, Gunter Christmann, Gareth Sansom, Uta Uta Tjangala, and many others through full colour and black and white reproductions of works, plus biographies and texts.
Softcover, 250 pages, 21 x 30 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Biennale of Sydney / Sydney
$70.00 - Out of stock
Catalogue published on the occasion of the Fifth Biennale of Sydney 1984, 11 April – 17 June 1984. Under the artistic direction of Leon Paroissien the 1984 Biennale was titled "Private Symbol: Social Mataphor" and featured the work of Davida Allen, Armando, Art & Language, Terry Atkinson, Breda Beban, Joseph Beuys, Tony Bevan, Annette Bezor, Francois Boisrond, Peter Booth, Tomasz Ciecierski, Tony Cragg, Juan Davila, Antonio Dias Gonzalo Diaz, Eugenio Dittborn, Felix Droese, Marlene Dumas, Edward Dwurnik Mimmo Germana, Gilbert & George, Mike Glier, Hans Haacke, Jenny Holzer, Ralph Hotere, Jorg lmmendorff, Berit Jensen, Birgit Jürgenssen, Mike Kelley, Peter Kennedy, Anselm Kiefer, Karen Knorr, Barbara Kruger, Robert Longo, Colin McCahon, Syoko Maemoto, Sandra Meigs, Cildo Meireles, Gianni Melotti, Marisa Merz, Annette Messager, Olaf Metzel, Sara Modiano, Michael Mulcahy, Josef Felix Müller, Christa Néiher, Annick Nozati, Anna Oppermann, Andy Patton, A.R. Penck, Robert Randall & Frank Bendinelli, Jytte Rex, Georges Rousse, Klaudia Schifferle, Hubert Schmalix, Cindy Sherman, Vincent Tangredi, Peter Taylor, Dragoljub Raéa Todosijevié, Vicki Varvaressos, Jenny Watson, Michiko Yano, Eva Man-Wah Yuen
This catalogue includes colour examples of the work of all participating artists alongside texts by Leon Paroissien, Annelie Pohlen, Carter Ratcliff, Jean-Louis Pradel, Leon Paroissien.
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)
Softcover, 56 pages, 23 x 30 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) / Victoria
$40.00 - In stock -
Published on the occasion of "VOX POP: Into the Eighties" an exhibition of contemporary Australian (figurative) art in the early 1980's at the National Gallery of Victoria, featuring the work of Howard Arkley, Juan Davila, Imants Tillers, Frank, Maria Kozic, Peter Tyndall, David Larwill, Mandy Martin, Linda Marrinon, Maris Kozic, Victor Rubin, Lutz Presser, Jan Murray, Jenny Watson, Peter Taylor, Fraser Fair, Dale Frank, Davida Allen, Peter Booth, John Bursill, Gunter Christmann, Paul Boston and Gareth Sansom. Text by Robert Lindsay and reproductions of works by all artists, plus biographies.
Softcover, 30 pages, 17 x 20 cm
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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
$10.00 - Out of stock
Heavily-illustrated with Chilean/Australian artist Juan Davila's paintings in full-colour, this catalogue was produced on the occasion of Davila's solo exhibition "The Moral Meaning of Wilderness" at Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA Caulfield campus, 4 August - 1 October 2011. Includes essays by Dr. Kate Briggs, and a conversation with Juan Davila.
The Moral Meaning of Wilderness features recent work by Juan Davila, one of Australia’s most distinguished artists. The exhibition sees Davila turn to the genres of landscape and history painting, at a time when the environment is as much a political as a cultural consideration. With technical virtuosity, Davila’s striking representations of nature achieve monumental significance, depicting beauty and emotion while addressing modern society’s ambivalence to nature and increasing consumerism.
The Moral Meaning of Wilderness represents a radical shift in Davila’s practice, whilst continuing to explore art’s relationship to nature, politics, identity and subjectivity in our post-industrial age. Davila pursues his exploration of the role of art as a means of social, cultural and political analysis. While many contemporary artists turned away from representation of the landscape, due to its perceived allegiance to outmoded forms of national identity and representation, Davila has recently sought to revisit and reconsider our surroundings au natural.
His paintings are, at first view, striking representations of nature. The paintings, created since 2003, are undertaken en plain air, a pre-modern technique based on speed of execution in situ, and the use of large scale canvases characteristic of history painting. He has also employed other techniques such as studio painting and representations of the landscape with reference to the sublime, the historical, memory and modernity.
Presented in association with Drill Hall Gallery, The Australian National University, and Griffith University Art Gallery.
Softcover, 72 pages, 17.5 x 24 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Art & Text / Prahran
$45.00 - Out of stock
ART & TEXT 4
Edited by Paul Taylor
"The Decentred Unicorn (A Mild Perversion)" by Margaret Grafton
"Spider Woman in Australia" by Juan Davila
"Spider Woman in Playing With Fire!" by Juan Davila
"The Re―education of Desire: Some Thoughts on Current Erotic Visual Practice" by Mick Carter
"What can we do with the Art Class?" by Donald Brook
"Slave Guitars (formerly Slave Guitars of the Art Cult)" by Peter Tyndall
"Gays and Film" (edited by Richard Dyer) by Dave Sargent
"Women, Sex and Pornography by Beatrice Faust; The History of Sexuality Part 1 by Michel Foucault" by Judy Annear
"Three Facts by Imants Tillers" by John Young
"Index to numbers 1 ― 4"
Art & Text, one of the landmark contemporary art magazines of the 1980s and 1990s. Founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981 by Paul Taylor (1957–92), who soon moved to New York City to make his mark as an art critic, the magazine went on to become one of a handful of international art magazines that succeeded in capturing the turmoil and passing brilliance of that period of postmodernism.
2014, English / German
Softcover, 248 pages, 82 color ill., 17 x 24 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$45.00 - In stock -
Contributions by Manuela Ammer, Julie Ault, Monika Baer, Nairy Baghramian, Gerry Bibby, Jennifer Bornstein, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Dragana Bulut, Katarina Burin, Françoise Cactus, Leidy Churchman, Ann Cotten, Juan Davila, Dominic Eichler, Elmgreen & Dragset, Yusuf Etiman, Isa Genzken, Susanne Ghez, Margaret Harrison, Daniel Herleth, Annette Kelm, Janette Laverrière, Adam Linder, Lee Lozano, Charlie Le Mindu, Shahryar Nashat, Gina D’Orio, Stephen Prina, Dean Spade, Ming Wong
The Jahresring series is one of the longest continually published annual journals for contemporary art in Germany. The 61st edition is a reader and visual sampler with contributions from visual artists, writers, poets, musicians, choreographers, and designers. Bringing together a discursive array of forms and timbres, it takes an intertextual and interdisciplinary approach to exploring some contemporary cultural resonances with respect to gender and sexuality. In this sense, a “PS” or