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, 216 pages, 20 x 26 cm
Published by Humboldt Books / Milan
$47.00 - In stock -
Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff’s book collects black and white photographs taken at apartment viewings in Berlin, London and Zürich in 2015, and exhibited at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi in Berlin the same year. The images render a landscape of apartments, mostly empty, punctuated by potential buyers or renters projecting their own possible futures onto the spaces. The photographs blend into each other as if one building, aggregating material treatments, fixtures, flooring, and faucets in their extraordinary specificity; or as if one city, seen from the inside as a picture of a private public sphere. The book includes a new text by writer Pablo Larios elaborating on the staging of personal environments and the relationship between figure and ground in Henkel and Pitegoff’s work.
Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff (b. 1988/1987, US) are artists who work together in Berlin. From 2013 until 2015 they ran New Theater in Berlin, a theater and performance space where they produced amateur plays with writers, musicians and visual artists. Their work has been shown at the 9th Berlin Biennale, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Witte de With, Rotterdam; the Galerie für Zeitgennössische Kunst, Leipzig; the Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; the Kunsthalle Bern,; and the Whitney Museum, New York.
2016, English / German
Softcover, 162 pages, 24 x 34 cm
Published by Bielefelder Kunstverein / Germany Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft Sternberg Press / Berlin
$42.00 - In stock -
Edited by Simone Neuenschwander, Thomas Thiel
With contributions by Emmanuel Alloa, Neïl Beloufa, Clare Birchall, Juliette Blightman, Ryan Gander, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff, David Horvitz, Metahaven, Simone Neuenschwander, Katja Novitskova, Yuri Pattison, Manfred Schneider, Thomas Thiel
The globalized world seems at once transparent and opaque. The exhibition project “Transparencies” examined the cultural facets and atmospheres of these (non-)transparencies. The two-part, joint exhibition project in Bielefeld and Nuremberg was dedicated to developments in “transparent society,” asking how these are reflected in the current work by contemporary artists. The paradigm of transparency and the ambivalence of the term was addressed by participating artists in multiple, diverse ways. This book documents both exhibitions and outlines all of the contributions to this substantial project. Conceptually designed by Metahaven, it contains artistic statements and scientific essays that encourage an ongoing discussion of the subject.
Copublished with Bielefelder Kunstverein and Kunstverein Nürnberg – Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft
Design by Metahaven
Softcover, 382 pages, 24 x 17 cm
Published by Distanz / Berlin
$50.00 - Out of stock
The Present in Drag is published as a companion volume to the 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, which was curated by New York collective DIS. Providing information on the works shown in the exhibition, it also includes contributions by Roe Ethridge, Simon und Daniel Fujiwara, Boris Groys, Katja Novitskova, Chus Martinez, Bjarne Melgaard, Sean Patrick Monahan, Sabine Reitmaier, McKenzie Wark, and others.
The 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art features the work and contributions of: 69, Antoni Abad, Halil Altindere, Ei Arakawa (in collaboration with Dan Poston, Stefan Tcherepnin), Korakrit Arunanondchai/Alex Gvojic, atelier le balto, Armen Avanessian/Alexander Martos (in collaboration with Christopher Roth), åyr, Will Benedict, Julien Ceccaldi, Centre for Style
(in collaboration with Anna-Sophie Berger; Burkhard Beschow & Anne Fellner; Max Brand; Rare Candy with Alden Epp, Spencer Lai, Natasha Madden, Misty Pollen, Ander Rennick & Amber Wright; Susan Cianciolo; Marlie Mul; Liam Osborne; H.B. Peace & Kate Meakin; Joshua Petherick; Lin May Saeed; Eirik Sæther), Brody Condon, CUSS Group (in collaboration with ANGEL-HO, FAKA, Megan Mace, NTU), Kathleen Daniel, Debora Delmar Corp., Simon Denny with Linda Kantchev, Cécile B. Evans, Nicolás Fernández, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Simon Fujiwara, GCC, GUAN Xiao, Calla Henkel/Max Pitegoff, Camille Henrot, Yngve Holen, Alexa Karolinski/Ingo Niermann, Kartenrecht, Josh Kline, Korpys/Löffler, Nik Kosmas, M/L Artspace, Shawn Maximo, Ashland Mines, Katja Novitskova, Trevor Paglen/Jacob Appelbaum, Juan Sebastián Peláez, Adrian Piper, Alexandra Pirici, Josephine Pryde, Puppies Puppies, Babak Radboy, Jon Rafman, Timur Si-Qin, Lucie Stahl, Hito Steyerl, TELFAR, Christopher Kulendran Thomas, Wu Tsang, Anna Uddenberg, Amalia Ulman, Anne de Vries, Abu Hajar, Halil Altindere, Math Bass, Lizzi Bougatsos & Brian DeGraw, Elysia Crampton, Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin, Isa Genzken, Juliana Huxtable, Kelela, Nguzunguzu, PATRICIA (Patricia Satterwhite, Jacolby Satterwhite, Nick Weiss), Adrian Piper, Fatima Al Qadiri, Carles Santos, Hito Steyerl, Total Freedom, Amalia Ulman, Antoni Abad, åyr/Rem Koolhaas/Hans Ulrich Obrist, Kathleen Daniel, Cécile B. Evans and Andrew Snyder-Beattie, Oleg Fonaryov and Oleksiy Radynski, Simon & Daniel Fujiwara, GCC, Boris Groys, Rob Horning, Izabella Kaminska and Simon Denny, Chus Martínez, Meredith Meredith, Sean Monahan, New Scenario, Ingo Niermann, Alexandra Pirici, Puppies Puppies, Sean Raspet, Natasha Stagg, Amalia Ulman, Sencer Vardarman, Eduardo Viveiros de Castro and Déborah Danowski in conversation with Michelle Sommer and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, McKenzie Wark, Will Benedict, Dora Budor, Cao Fei, Roe Ethridge, Hood by Air, Bjarne Melgaard, Simon Dybbroe Møller, Zanele Muholi, Johannes Paul Raether, Torbjørn Rødland, Akeem Smith, Martine Syms, Stewart Uoo, Nina Cristante, Sabine Gottfried, Nik Kosmas, Lesley Moon, Helga Wretman, Frank Benson, Asger Carlsen, DIS, Casey Jane Ellison, Roe Ethridge, Avena Gallagher, Saemundur Thor Helgason, Tilman Hornig, Benjamin Alexander Huseby, Chris Kraus, Bjarne Melgaard, Jason Nocito, Babak Radboy, Sean Raspet, Sabine Reitmaier, Aaron David Ross, Andrew Norman Wilson, Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous and others.
2016, English / German
Softcover, 240 pages, 23 x 16.5 cm
$30.00 - In stock -
Art and fashion have always been interrelated. And it’s due to fashion’s ability to quickly capture social shifts that the art world has repeatedly turned to it. But as Texte zur Kunst No. 102 proposes, it is fashion’s protagonists, recently, that have been markedly drawing on art conceptual practices (e.g., parasitism, collective authorship, détournement, and forms of institutional critique) as they push back against the pressures of a hyper-accelerated fashion market. In this issue, TzK examines, also, how the industry’s current volume is a product of its late-'00s promise of online democratization; the changing function of such long-held value designations as “luxury,” “discount,” and “underground,” and the role of “real”-er bodies in a climate wherein models are preferably “nodels” or “othered” bodies, hyper-individualised to stand out in the stream.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
ROBERT KULISEK & DAVID LIESKE
FASHION PROFILES OF:
69 WORLDWIDE / NASIR MAZHAR / KYLE LUU / BERNADETTE VAN-HUY / LIAM HODGES / TELFAR / NIK KOSMAS & JEANNE-SALOMÉ ROCHAT / MARTINE ROSE / JULIANA HUXTABLE / ECKHAUS LATTA / DIS / NHU DUONG /
with texts by Harry Burke, Tess Edmonson, Jack Gross, and Bianca Heuser
INGEBORG HARMS "CRYSTAL MESH / Existential imagery in current fashion"
COLLECTIVE SOUL / Jessica Gysel in conversation with Lotta Volkova Adam and Atelier E.B. (Beca Lipscombe & Lucy McKenzie)
CAROLINE BUSTA "NEO-BODIES"
NATASHA STAGG "ACCESS CODING"
PHILIPP EKARDT "DRESSING AFTER THE GREAT DIVIDE / The emancipation of Jonathan Anderson"
CALLA HENKEL & MAX PITEGOFF "LAST NIGHT"
IN DER FRÜHE / Peter Geimer über Friedrich Kittlers „Baggersee“
RETURNS OF THE STONE AGE / Sven Lütticken on the exhibition publications for “Kunst der Vorzeit” and “Allegory of the Cave Painting”
ZUR KULTURPOLITISCHEN BEKÄMPFUNG DER MODERNEN KUNST / Otto Karl Werckmeister über die neue Ausgabe von Hitlers „Mein Kampf“
LIEBE ARBEIT KINO
DURATIONAL FASHION / Sara Marcus on K8 Hardy’s “Outfitumentary”
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO ELECTRIC LADYLAND / Barbara Vinken über Michaela Melián im Lenbachhaus, München
EINE KULTURGESCHICHTE DER ENTGRENZUNGEN / Daniel Martin Feige über „I Got Rhythm. Kunst und Jazz seit 1920“ im Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Jens Hoffmann on “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible” at the Met Breuer, New York / Magdalena Nieslony über Agnes Martin im K20, Düsseldorf / Dena Yago on Ei Arakawa, Gela Patashuri, and Sergei Tcherepnin at Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis / Eva Wilson on Das Institut at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London / Julia Moritz on Tobias Madison at Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover
MARIUS UND DIE INFORMATION / Hans-Christian Dany über „Nervöse Systeme. Quantifiziertes Leben und die soziale Frage“ im Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
DIE KUNST VERACHTEN, DEN REST DER WELT ANKLAGEN /Susanne von Falkenhausen über Boris Lurie im Jüdischen Museum Berlin
DEUTSCHES VITRINENGLAS / Steffen Zillig über Dierk Schmidt bei KOW, Berlin
NOTHING BUT KINDNESS / Verena Dengler über Lili Reynaud-Dewar in der Galerie Emanuel Layr, Wien
EARLY SYSTEMS ESTHETICS / Craig Buckley on Les Levine at Buell Hall, GSAPP, Columbia University, New York
WHAT A BODY CAN’T DO / Sophie Goltz über Regina José Galindo im Frankfurter Kunstverein und Maria José Arjona in der Kunsthalle Osnabrück
NACHRUFE / OBITUARIES
PIERRE BOULEZ (1925–2016)
by Björn Gottstein
ZAHA HADID (1950–2016) by Than Hussein Clark
2015, English / German
Softcover, 248 pages, 23 x 16.5 cm
Published by Texte Zur Kunst / Berlin
$29.00 - Out of stock
Decades following the rise of computer aided design and the aesthetic-theoretical debates that coincided, it might seem late, at this point, to place a spotlight on photography. After all, hardly anyone defends photography’s loyalty to the analog index anymore, or mourns the medium specificities of centuries past. And yet, who can dispute that the photograph has become the primary base for establishing identity now, for cohering a social body; one that, as the substrate across which today’s human subject is drawn, stands as, in a sense,our material support? As the image’s gaze has become omnipresent, it is perhaps prime time to ask how do we now understand photo-media to operate? What information do we expect it to carry? What facts do we trust it to convey?
ISSUE NO. 99 / SEPTEMBER 2015 “PHOTOGRAPHY”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LOST TRACES OF LIFE / A conversation about indexicality in analog and digital photography between Isabelle Graw and Benjamin Buchloh
PHOTOGRAPHY, LACAN, AND THE GENIUS OF JEFF KOONS
THE DISTRIBUTED IMAGE
LIFE IN THE SYSTEM
THE PHOTOBOOK, POST-DIGITAL
PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY AFTER PHOTOGRAPHY
LECTURE ON THE EXTRA PART
BENJAMIN ASAM KELLOGG
OCULUS DEMOS MAXIMUS
FUTURE NOT PRESENT / Helmut Draxler, Susanne von Falkenhausen, Amy Sillman, and Hong Zeiss on the 56th Venice Biennale
DREAMING IN TRENDS / Michael Wang on the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris
NO EXPO / Amy Lien and Enzo Camacho on the Fondazione Prada, Milan
OPEN SEASON / Nikoloz Japaridze with Natasha Randall on the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow
HART SPRECHEN FÜR EINE GEMEINSAME WELT / Christian Kravagna über "Kritik der schwarzen Vernunft" von Achille Mbembe
GARY COOPER'S LIPSTICK / Thomas Beard on Boyd McDonald's "Cruising the Movies: A Sexual Guide to 'Oldies' on TV"
LIEBE ARBEIT KINO
WETRANSFER: MEDIATING THE MEDIATED SELF / Carson Chan on Britta Thie's "Translantics"
WIR SIND GAR NICHT HIER / Joy Kristin Kalu über Richard Maxwells "The Evening", The Kitchen, New York
Megan Francis Sullivan on Birgit Megerle at Galerie Emanuel Layr, Vienna / Nuit Banai on Josef Strau at Secession, Vienna / Nina Franz über Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff in der Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin
BLAUE FLECKEN / Alexander García Düttmann über De La Fuente Oscar De Franco im Helmhaus, Zürich
HEARTS OF CONTROL / Dan Mitchell on Gili Tal at Temnikova & Kasela, Tallinn
JEDERMANNS AUTOBIOGRAFIE / Kerstin Stakemeier über Mark Leckey im Haus der Kunst, München
MIT INDIEGOGO NACH PIONEERTOWN / Michael Kral über Pierre Bismuth in der Galerie Jan Mot, Brüssel
ALTE GEISTER / Philip Ursprung über Albert Oehlen in der Kunsthalle Zürich
DOROTHEE FISCHER (1937-2015)
2012, English / Italian
Published by Mousse / Milan
$18.00 - Out of stock
Lars Bang Larsen, Albert Serra, John D’Agata, Adam kleinman, Peter Watkins, Jens Hoffmann, Tim Griffin, Kathy Noble, Oscar Murillo, Catherine Wood, Claire Bishop, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Jérôme Bel, Elisabeth Lebovici, Zachary Cahill, Camille Henrot, Cecilia Alemani, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela, Filipa Ramos, Davina Semo, Bob Nickas, Stefano Cernuschi, Aaron Flint Jamison, Lauren Cornell, Darren Bader, Peter Eleey, David Douard, Thomas Boutoux, Samara Golden, Andrew Berardini, Benedict Drew, Michael Portnoy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Charlotte Prodger, Bonnie Camplin, Lucy Reynolds.... and much more!