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
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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.
1990, Japanese / German / English
Softcover, 124 pages, 21.5 x 30 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Metropolitan Museum of Photography / Tokyo
$80.00 - In stock -
Published in 1990, this unique, and rather scarce, catalogue accompanied an exhibition of nearly 100 works by Lazlo Moholy-Nagy and other Bauhaus artists that was held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, July 19-Aug. 28, 1990. Moholy-Nagy and his colleagues (such as Walter Gropius) were advocates of a movement called The New Vision (Neue Optik; Neues Sehen), who sought to move photography from its "landscape" models to an art that could offer new ways of seeing the objective world that was invisible to the human glance. New Vision advocates experimented with unconventional forms and techniques, using unusual angles, new uses of light and shadow, photomontage and collage, etc. This book collects and reproduces a wonderful selection of the works featured in the exhibition fromLaszlo Moholy-Nagy, Aenne Biermann, Paul Citoen, Franz Roh, T. Lux Feininger, Umbo, Walter Peterhans, Karl Straub, Franz Ehrlich, Heinz Loew, Walter Funkat, Herbert Bayer, Katt Both, Edmund Collein, Eugen Batz, Gertrud Arndt, Gyula Pap, Lotte Stam-Beese, Werner Mantz, Jaroslav Rossler.
Text in Japanese with captions in English and German.
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Aenne Biermann, Paul Citoen, Franz Roh, T. Lux Feininger, Umbo, Walter Peterhans, Karl Straub, Franz Ehrlich, Heinz Loew, Walter Funkat, Herbert Bayer, Katt Both, Edmund Collein, Eugen Batz, Gertrud Arndt, Gyula Pap, Lotte Stam-Beese, Werner Mantz, Jaroslav Rossler.
Softcover, 162 pages, 23 x 25 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Galerie Gmurzynska / Köln
$48.00 - Out of stock
Published in 1973 by Galerie Gmurzynska in Cologne, this wonderful monographic catalogue is lavishly illustrated throughout with black and white and colour reproductions of many works (primarily painting and drawing) by Russian 20th Century artists with a portion of the book dedicated entirely to Lev Nusberg (b. 1937, Russian artist, architect and designer) and the Moscow art group "Bewegung" ("Movement"), a group of artists spearheading developments in kinetic art, founded in 1962. This group of artists permanently changed their forms of expression in an experimental manner and were known for provocative and non-systematic art works and actions.
Artists include Alexander Archipenko, Alexander Rodschenko, Alexander Rodtschenko, László Moholy-Nagy, Alexandra Exter, Alexej Jawlensky, Anatolij Krivcikov, Boris Diodorov, David Burlik, El Lissitzky, Francisco A. Infanté, Galerie Franz Schoen, Galina Georgievna Bitt, Georgij I. Lopakov, Gruppe Dvizenie, Issachar Ryback, Iwan Kljun, Iwan Kudriaschow, Iwan Puni, Juri Annenkow, Kasimir Malewitsch, Kugelbahnen, Lev Voldemarovich Nussberg, Ljubow Popowa, Marianna von Werefkin, Michail Larionow, Nadia Khodossievitch-Léger, Natalia Gontscharowa, Nathan Altmann, Naum Gabo, Nicolas Schöffers, Nikolay M. Suetin, Ossip Zadkin, Paul Mansouroff, Pavel Burdukov, Rimma Sapgir-Janevskaja, Serge Charchoune, Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Viktor V. Stephanov, Vladimir Akulinin, Vladimir P. Galkin, Vladimir Scerbakov, Wassily Kandinsky, Wladimir Tatlin...
Softcover, 92 pages, 11 x 17 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Galerie Rudolph Zwirner / Köln
$60.00 - In stock -
"Z" is a great, unsuspecting pocketbook from Galerie Rudolph Zwirner in 1970, collecting together a wonderful group of works by 78 artists (Yves Klein, Richard Tuttle, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, René Magritte, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Kenneth Noland, Daniel Spoerri, Frank Stella, Jean Tinguely, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Linder, Jasper Johns, Martial Raysse, Dieter Rot, Franz Erhart Walther, Bruno Goller, Morris Louis, Jim Dine, Otto Dix, Jean Dubuffet, Max Ernst, Salvador Dali, Konrad Klapheck, Lucio Fontana, Blinky Palermo, Hundertwasser, Gerhard Richter, Antoni Tapies, Andy Warhol, George Grosz, Robert Graham, Allen Jones, Henri Michaux, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Oskar Schlemmer, Yves Tanguy, Louis Soutter, Tom Wesselmann, Toyen, Wols, Larry Bell, Dan Flavin, Panamarenko, Sol Lewitt, etc.) across painting, sculpture, drawings, collage and multiples, all reproduced in black and white across this almost entirely visual volume.
$52.00 - Out of stock
This anthology provides the first art-historical reassessment of information-based art in relation to data structures and exhibition curation. It examines such landmark exhibitions as “Information” at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1970, and the equally influential “Les Immatériaux,” initiated by the philosopher Jean-François Lyotard at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, in 1984. It reexamines work by artists of the 1960s to early 1980s, from Les Levine and N. E. Thing Co. to General Idea and Jenny Holzer, whose prescient grasp of information’s significance resonates today. It also reinscribes into the narrative of art history technologically critical artworks that for years have circulated within new media festivals rather than in galleries.
While information science draws distinctions between “information,” signals, and data, artists from the 1960s to the present have questioned the validity and value of such boundaries. Artists have investigated information’s materiality, in signs, records, and traces; its immateriality, in hidden codes, structures, and flows; its embodiment, in instructions, social interaction, and political agency; its overload, or uncontrollable excess, challenging utopian notions of networked society; its potential for misinformation and disinformation, subliminally altering our perceptions; and its post-digital unruliness, unsettling fixed notions of history and place.
Artists surveyed include
David Askevold, Iain Baxter, Guy Bleus, Heath Bunting, CAMP (Shaina Anand & Ashok Sukumaran), Ami Clarke, Richard Cochrane, Rod Dickinson, Hans Haacke, Graham Harwood, Jenny Holzer, Joseph Kosuth, Christine Kozlov, Steve Lambert and the Yes Men, Oliver Laric, Les Levine, László Moholy-Nagy, Muntadas, Erhan Muratoglu, Raqs Media Collective, Erica Scourti, Stelarc, Thomson & Craighead, Angie Waller, Stephen Willats, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Elizabeth Vander Zaag
James Bridle, Matthew Fuller, Francesca Gallo, Antony Hudek, Eduardo Kac, Friedrich Kittler, Arthur and Marielouise Kroker, Scott Lash, Alessandro Ludovico, Jean-François Lyotard, Charu Maithani, Suhail Malik, Armin Medosch, Srinivas Aditya Mopidevi, Craig Saper, Jorinde Seijdel, Tom Sherman, Felix Stalder, McKenzie Wark, Benjamin Weil
About the Editor
Sarah Cook is a curator and researcher working at the intersection of art, digital and electronic media, and science. She is the coauthor (with Beryl Graham) of Rethinking Curating: Art After New Media (MIT Press), and in 2004 cocurated the touring exhibition, “Database Imaginary.” She is Dundee Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee.
Softcover, 74 pages, 15 x 20 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Fischer Fine Art Limited / London
$25.00 - Out of stock
Fantastic little catalogue produced on the occasion of the exhibition "Apocalypse and Utopia" at Fischer Fine Art Limited, London, March - May 1977.
Features the work of Karl Arnold, Ernst Barlach, Willi Baumeister, Herbert Bayer, Max Backmann, Heinrich Campendonck, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Georg Grosz, Erich Heckel, Hannah Höch, Adolf Hölzel, Johannes Itten, Alexei Von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka, Georg Kolbe, Käthe Kollwitz, August Macke, Franz Marc, Ludwig Meidner, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Otto Müller, Emil Nolde, Max Hermann Pechstein, Christian Rohlfs, Oskar Schlemmer, Karl Schmidt0Rottluff, Kurt Schwitters, Arthur Segal, Hans Walter.
"The idea for this exhibition arose when we were fortunate enough to be offered the famous Hess Guest Book. Around this nucleus we have planned a view of art in Germany between 1910 and 1939. With the generous help of many collectors and galleries we have been able to illustrate the varied aspects of this complex and important period of German art."
The Guest Book was a two volume book-set that spanned the years 1907-1956. They were the guest books of the home of Industrialist Alfred Hess and Thekla Hess, who were great lovers and collectors of art. Their home in Erfurt regularly gathered together leading figures of the art, music and literature worlds, and their guest books collected the inscriptions, autographs, drawings and watercolours of these times.
"The Guest Book is a remarkable, unique document of the most innovative period of 20th-century German art and forms a reference source of the greatest importance."
With an introduction by professor and author Norbert Lynton, the first part of this catalogue reproduces works from The Guest Book, and the second full-colour and black and white reproductions of works in the exhibition of 1977. Includes a full catalogue of the works.
1981, English / Japanese
Softcover, 122 pages, 22 x 29.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Kajima Institute Publishing / Tokyo
$70.00 - Out of stock
SD (Space Design): A monthly journal on Art and Architecture.
“SD” (Space Design) was founded in Japan in 1965; a comprehensive monthly magazine on architecture, urban problems and fine arts which was unique in the world and quickly became a leading, highly-esteemed journal of international modern design.
SD no. 203, August 1981
SPECIAL FEATURE: SITE
Architecture as Environmental Architecture; "De-Architecture - Architecture as Art" by James Wines; "The Meaning and Context of SITE" by Kazumasa Yamashita; Works = BEST Products’ Showrooms Prototype Floor Plan, Indeterminate Facade (Houston). Parking Lot Showroom, Notch Showroom (Sacramento), Tilt Showroom (Towson), Terrarium Showroom, Hialeah Showroom (Miami), Cutler Ridge Showroom (Miami), Scale Reference Showroom, Forest Building (Henrico); Other Projects: Molino Stucky Project, Ghost Parking Lot (Hamden), Madison Avenue Project (New York), General Store, Perpetual Savings and Loan Association Bank. Highrise of Homes; Buildings for Best Products (The Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York), Stanley Tigerman, A.M. Stern, Charles Moore, Anthony Lumsden, Allan Greenberg, Michael Graves; BEST Products Corporate Headquarters, by H. H. P. A. (Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates)
SPECIAL FEATURE: Another Form of Wooden Space by Yoshiyuki Suyama; Wood Constructing Dwellings of Eastern Europe - Principles of wood construction; Global Research on Residential Architecture—Conclusion to the series; SERIAL PHOTO ESSAY— PARIS: Ceci n’est pas Paris by Kazutoshi Morita and Keiichi Tahara; NICE SPACE - Piazza del Duomo, Pisa by Kouji Kusabuka and Masanobu Yuzawa; SERIAL PRESENTATION: (Vision in Motion) Third Chapter, by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, , translated by Kimimasa Abe; BOOK REVIEW; EMINENT WORKS ABROAD - "The Geometry of the House" compiled from foreign architectural magazines by Shin’ichi Okada; DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURAL NOTES For Eternity and Liberty ”Shoel Yoh" by Gruppo Specchio and much more.
SD is one of the finest journals dedicated to new design (architecture, furniture, interior, environmental, industrial...), becoming a collector's item and much sought-after archival resource.
Hardcover in slipcase, 308 pages (colour & bw ill.), 20 x 27 cm
Published by Kokushokankokai / Tokyo
$90.00 - Out of stock
This book is published in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Moholy-Nagy/In Motion’ introducing works spanning the full oeuvre of Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), an artist who brought new vision to the art of the 20th century. As a prominent member of the avant-garde art movements between the two World Wars, he developed an artistic ideal of creating works of light and motion. The pursuit of his career as a creative artist and art educator took Moholy-Nagy from his native Hungary to Vienna, then on to Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain and finally to the United States. Working in painting, photography, sculpture, film, graphic design, stage design and publishing, Moholy-Nagy’s career addressed many of the new issues confronting art in the 20th century, such as the relationship between art and industrial technology and the new media of information and communications. This exhibition marks Japan’s first full-scale retrospective of the art of Moholy-Nagy and spans the artist’s full career from its earliest years to its last in some 300 works and related materials and documents.
Softcover, 192 pages, 30 × 22.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by National Museum of Modern Art / Tokyo
$55.00 - Out of stock
Publication to accompany the exhibition "The Past and Present of Photography" that traveled between The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo - Japan) and The National Museum of Modern Art (Kyoto - Japan) in 1990.
248 works of 42 internationally renowned photographers from the 1920s onwards are presented in this exhibition catalogue, with a number of pages dedicated to each artist. The works are further categorised into five sections: 'the Past and the Present of Photography,' 'Modernism / Asethetics of Photography,' 'Expression and Document,' 'Wavering Photography,' and 'Forms of Absense.'
Artists featured: Diane Arbus, Tina Barney, Bernhard & Hilla Becher, Bill Brandt, Brassaï, Arnaud Claass, Ei-Kyu, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Hamish Fulton, Andreas Gursky, Kambee Hanaya, Fuyuki Hattori, Lewis W. Hine, André Kertész, Ihee Kimura, William Klein, Kiyoshi Koishi, Josef Koudelka, Man Ray, Lisette Model, László Moholy-Nagy, Daido Moriyama, Martin Parr, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Alexander M. Rodchenko, Sebastião Salgado, August Sander, Michael Schimdt, Charles Sheeler, Toshio Shibata, Osamu Shiihara, W. Eugene Smith, Alfred Stieglitz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Shomei Tomatsu, Shoji Ueda, Weegee, Tadasu Yamamoto, Nobou Yamanaka, Nakaji Yasui.
List of works, biographies and selected bibliographies of the participating artists, along with an introduction given by Tohru Matsumoto are included in the catalogue.
Hardcover, 288 pages, 213 x 300 mm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$49.00 - Out of stock
"Bauhaus: Art as Life" explores the diverse artistic production and turbulent 14-year history of the modern world's most famous art school. Accompanying the biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the United Kingdom in more than 40 years, this catalogue features a rich array of painting, sculpture, design, architecture, film, photography, textiles, ceramics, theatre and installation, ranging from the school's Expressionist beginnings to its pioneering utopian model of uniting art and technology in order to change society in the aftermath of the First World War. Exemplary works from such Bauhaus masters as Josef and Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hannes Meyer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Gunta Stolzl are presented alongside works by lesser-known artist masters and Bauhaus students. Through a range of specially commissioned essays, "Bauhaus" traces the life of the school from its founding by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 to its relocation to its newly built campus in Dessau in 1925 under the direction of Gropius and then Hannes Meyer, and finally its brief period in Berlin, under the leadership of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and through its dramatic closure in 1933 by the Nazis. The catalogue also includes a series of original writings by Bauhaus artists, drawn from previously published texts and personal correspondence.
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