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.
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The present book – the fourth and last volume in the series of KUB Arena publications – goes far beyond a documentation of KAMP KAYA’s activities. Rather it is the very first comprehensive publication on KAYA, a joint project initiated by the painter Kerstin Brätsch and the sculptor Debo Eilers in 2010, in collaboration with the then 13-year-old Kaya Serene. In addition to a comprehensive and carefully compiled catalogue raisonné, the publication documents all of KAYA’s past exhibitions and includes seminal essays by Boško Blagojević, Scott Roben, and Kerstin Stakemeier – who have all been following KAYA’s work for many years – as well as a conversation with Burmamyanmar aka Daniel Chew. Altogether the publication provides profound insights into this important and exceptional artistic collaboration. In a similar manner to the volumes that have been published to date (On Performance, Anfang Gut. Alles Gut. Actualizations of the futurist opera Victory Over the Sun (1913), and Art and Ideology Critique After 1989), this last volume in the series could also potentially become one of the key references on the topic.
Edited by Eva Birkenstock
with texts by Boško Blagojević, Scott Roben, and Kerstin Stakemeier
Graphic design: HIT Berlin
2012, English / German
Softcover, 376 pages (1200 color / 20 b/w), 210 x 297 mm
Published by JRP Ringier / Zürich
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"Das Institut" presents a lavishly illustrated review of the productions, exhibitions, and collaborations in which it has been involved over the past three years in the style of a business report. "Das Institut" was founded in New York in 2007 by Kerstin Brätsch (1979) and Adele Röder (1980) as a notional free space in which they both gave themselves the opportunity of working independently from the concept of their own oeuvres, for their promotion and reproduction.
Taking an ironic approach to themselves, and using great verbal wit, they have tackled the strategies of (self-)marketing head on. The fast-tempo artistic ping-pong game between the two agency proprietors Brätsch and Röder can be followed in detail in this artist's book. Each smuggles her works into the agency as models for further processing by the other. Sources of inspiration, costs, sales revenue, and exhibition techniques are frankly disclosed. What at first looks like a strong overstatement that treads on a fine line between art, knitwear, role play, and marketing is at the same time a trenchant observation of the art scene, and a plea for artistic experiment and the potential of painting.
"Das Institut" participated in the group show "Non-solo show, Non-group show" at Kunsthalle Zürich (2009) and recently in the 54th Venice Biennial (2011). The book is published on the occasion of its solo exhibitions at the Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux (2010); the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Spring 2011); and the Kunsthalle Zürich (Autumn 2011).
The publication is part of the series of artists' projects edited by Christoph Keller.
2011, English / Italian
Softcover, 273 pages, 265 x 375 mm
Published by Mousse / Milan
$15.00 - Sold
by Antonio Scoccimarro
LUCY MCKENZIE AND MARC CAMILLE CHAIMOWICZ
Adventures Close To Home
by Michael Bracewell
Reality Production Part II
by Hans Ulrich Obrist
Etica Da Ginga A Letter from Rio De Janeiro
by Dieter Roelstraete
PART OF THE PROCESS – ALLORA & CALZADILLA
by Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy
CAREY YOUNG AND JILL MAGID
The Color of Law
by Introduction by Alessandro Rabottini
A Stitch in Time
by Adam Nankervis
by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev with Barbara Casavecchia, Daniel Baumann, Anthony Huberman, Raimundas Malašauskas, João Ribas
TEN FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS OF CURATING
"Chapter 5: What Is the Public?" Juan A. Gaitán Images selected by Christodoulos Panayiotou
by edited by Jens Hoffmann
by David Joselit
Starting From The End
by Elena Volpato
A Readymade Mystery in Three Parts
by Adam Kleinman
KERSTIN BRÄTSCH AND AMY SILMAN
The Art and Ephemera of Allen Ruppersberg
by Andrew Berardini
After Marcel Broodthaers, on Relationism & Lost Articles
by Guillaume Désanges and Hélène Meisel
LOST AND FOUND
All That Jess
by Jens Hoffmann
Now or Never
by Jennifer Allen
On “Poesivski”, Oblivion and Cinema
by Vincent Honoré
SKELETONS IN THE CLOSET
by Rachel Rosenfield Lafo
by Will Holder
by Stefano Cernuschi
by Antonio Scoccimarro
Who Is Darius Mikšys
by Jennifer Teets
NICE TO MEET YOU – ADRIÁN VILAR ROJAS
The Aching Whale
by Cecilia Alemani
PORTFOLIO – ELIAS HANSEN
Glass Magnifies Things
by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
WHAT’S ALTERNATIVE? ALTERNATIVE TO WHAT?
Stefan Kalmár and Tirdad Zolghadr
by Curated by Vincenzo de Bellis