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
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.
2016, English / German
Softcover, 136 pages, 20.5 x 26.8 cm
Published by Starship / Berlin
$18.00 - In stock -
Contributors to Starship 15: Nadja Abt, Tenzing Barshee, Gerry Bibby, Mercedes Bunz, Lou Cantor, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Jay Chung, Hans-Christian Dany, Helmut Draxler, Francesca Drechsler, Martin Ebner, Jana Euler, Julian Göthe, Toni Hildebrandt, Karl Holmqvist, Judith Hopf, Stephan Janitzky, Jakob Kolding, Robert McKenzie, Maria Loboda, Nick Mauss, Robert Meijer, Ariane Müller, Christopher Müller, Eileen Myles, Gunter Reski, Mandla Reuter, Cameron Rowland, Julia Scher, Mark von Schlegell, Eva Seufert, Diamond Stingily, Wolfgang Tillmans, Vera Tollmann, Haytham El-Wardany, Nicole Wermers, Amelie von Wulffen, Stephanie Wurster, Florian Zeyfang.
Editors: Nikola Dietrich, Martin Ebner, Ariane Müller, Henrik Olesen.
Layout concept: Starship and Dan Solbach.
Graphic Design: Philip Reinartz.
Cover: Gerry Bibby, Gina Folly.
Centerfold: Amelie von Wulffen.
Backcover: Martin Ebner
Softcover, 86 pages, 31 x 23 cm
Published by Provence / Nice
$25.00 - In stock -
With contributions by Nadja Abt / Ann-Leonie Auer / Michele d’Aurizio / Juliette Blightman / Mikaël D. Brkic / Eli Broad with photos by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda / Merlin Carpenter / Gürsoy Dogtas / Martin Ebner / Genoveva Filipovic / Edgars Gluhovs / Mauricio Guillén / Julian Göthe / Alexander Hempel / HIT / Tom Holert / Karl Holmqvist / Morag Keil / Nina Könnemann / Adriana Lara / Andrea Legiehn with an illustration by Siw Umsonst / Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho / Erik Lavesson with Milena Büsch, Kelly Akashi and Anna Zacharoff / Adam Linder and Shahryar Nashat / Fred Lonidier with Egija Inzule / Fiona McGovern and Magnus Schäfer / Luise Pilz / François Piron / Bonny Poon / Gottfried Schnödl / Silberkuppe / Mathew Sova / Maraike Steding / Megan Francis Sullivan / Sergei Tcherepnin / Benjamin Thorel / Danh Vo / Colin Whitaker / Amy Yao a.o., including A document made by Paul Thek and Edwin Klein / Textiles: Open Letters by Rike Frank and Grant Watson / A reportage on Andreas Dorau / Lars Eidinger on Rainer Werner Fassbinder / A retrospective account of a 1990 artwork by Silvia Kolbowski / Fernando Mesta on Joseph Strau’s jewelry / A Drive by Robert Walser with an introduction by Susan Bernofsky
Graphic Design: Pascal Storz
Softcover, 120 pages, 190 x 270 mm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$32.00 - In stock -
German sculptor and draughtsman Julian Gothe (born 1966) explores the rhetoric of theatre presentation, with precise and angular wood and metal structures that evoke furniture and stage sets. Influenced by the decorative arts and furniture design, Göthe's work moves ambivalently between elegance and danger in the assumption that every object has a soul. Julian Göthe's works can be found in the collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Goetz Collection and the Kunstsammlung NRW.
This new publication is the first comprehensive catalogue on the work of Julian Göthe.
It presents an overview of his work and is published on the occasion of Julian Göthe's
solo exhibition at Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover. The publication is produced in collaboration with Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln and Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover.
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... !!