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, 92 pages, 15 x 23 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / fine
Published by Standard Books / Oslo
$70.00 - Out of stock
Very scarce catalogue published by Standard Oslo in 2008 to accompany the exhibition "Aleatoric Contracts", curated by Eivind Furnesvik, held by Standard (Oslo) during Art Basel Miami Beach. This publication was given away in a limited edition to visitors.
Along with texts by Mikkel Astrup and Oscar Tuazon, the publication features many pages dedicated to the works of each exhibiting artist : Gardar Eide Einarsson, Matias Faldbakken, Kim Hiorthoy, Josh Smith, and Oscar Tuazon.
2017, English / Italian
Softcover, 440 pages, 18.5 x 26.5 cm
Published by Mousse Publishing / Milan
$18.00 - Out of stock
10-year anniversary special issue: a selection of essays, interviews, conversations, and projects appeared in the first ten years of Mousse.
Featuring: Chantal Akerman, Cecilia Alemani, Jennifer Allen, Kai Althoff, Bruce Altshuler, Ed Atkins, Lutz Bacher, Darren Bader, Alex Bag, John Baldessari, Phyllida Barlow, Kirsty Bell, Andrew Berardini, Jonathan Berger, Michael Bracewell, Tom Burr, Maurizio Cattelan, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Stuart Comer, Lauren Cornell, Nicholas Cullinan, Roberto Cuoghi, Nick Currie, Massimo De Carlo, Gino De Dominicis, Gigiotto Del Vecchio, Simon Denny, Brian Dillon, Jimmie Durham, Dominic Eichler, Peter Eleey, Matias Faldbakken, Luigi Fassi, Elena Filipovic, Morgan Fisher, Isa Genzken, Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Liam Gillick, Massimiliano Gioni, Isabelle Graw, Ed Halter, Jens Hoffmann, Judith Hopf, William E. Jones, Omar Kholeif, Alexander Kluge, Jiří Kovanda, William Leavitt, Elisabeth Lebovici, Andrea Lissoni, Helen Marten, Chus Martínez, Nick Mauss, Lucy McKenzie, Fionn Meade, Simone Menegoi, John Menick, Ute Meta Bauer, Massimo Minini, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Trevor Paglen, Stefania Palumbo, Francesco Pedraglio, Otto Piene, Laura Poitras, Elizabeth Price, Seth Price, Laure Prouvost, Alessandro Rabottini, Carol Rama, Filipa Ramos, Jason Rhoades, Dieter Roelstraete, Esperanza Rosales, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Fender Schrade, Stuart Sherman, Frances Stark, Jamie Stevens, Hito Steyerl, Sturtevant, Sabrina Tarasoff, Ana Teixeira Pinto, Oscar Tuazon, Giorgio Verzotti, Jan Verwoert, Francesco Vezzoli, Adrián Villar Rojas, Peter Wächtler, Ian Wallace, Klaus Weber, Cathy Wilkes, Christopher Williams, Jordan Wolfson.
Mousse is a bimonthly magazine published in Italian and English. Established in 2006, Mousse contains interviews, conversations, and essays by some of the most important figures in international criticism, visual arts, and curating today, alternated with a series of distinctive articles in a unique tabloid format. Mousse keeps tabs on international trends in contemporary culture thanks to its city editors in major art capitals such as Berlin, New York, London, Paris, and Los Angeles.
Mousse (Mousse Publishing) is also publisher of catalogues, essays and curatorial projects, artist books and editions.
2010, English / German / French
Softcover (silk-screened), 226 pages (ill. throughout), 240 x 320 mm
1st edition of 2000, Out of print title / used*,
Published by DoPe Press / Los Angeles Paraguay Press / Paris
$160.00 - In stock -
The first comprehensive monograph on the work of American artist Oscar Tuazon, covering the first decade of his career.
I Can’t See was published in an edition of 2000 copies and is now long out-of-print.
Co-published by DoPe Press and Paraguay Press and features over 250 pages of images of works, documents, and archives articulating three solo exhibitions organized in 2009 and 2010 at the Centre international d’art et du paysage de l’île de Vassivière (France); the Kunsthalle Bern (Switzerland) and the Parc Saint Léger – Centre d’art contemporain (France).
It also features a series of texts by Ariana Reines, Matthew Stadler, Cedar Sigo, Karl Holmqvist, Thomas Boutoux, Carissa Rodriguez, Eileen Myles and David Lewis as well as a long interview with the artist conducted by Chiara Parisi, Philippe Pirotte, and Sandra Patron, the respective curators of the solo exhibitions.
Edited by Oscar Tuazon, with Thomas Boutoux, Pierre-François Letué
and Dorothée Perret
Design by Pierre-François Letué, Paris
Covers are silk-screened.
2014, English / German
Hardcover (2 volumes in slipcase), 336 pages (colour ill.), 28.5 x 24 cm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$77.00 - In stock -
Huge double volume box edition on the work of artist Oscar Tuazon and published by Museum Ludwig, Cologne.
Oscar Tuazon's work comprises large scale installations and sculptures, usually combines natural and industrial materials. Tinted by do-it-yourself, minimalist aesthetic, and vernacular architecture, his art maintains a precarious quality that questions the limits of objects and architecture, to redefine the physical experience of a building or a space.
Volume 1 concentrates on a major exhibition of new works at Museum Ludwig (February – July 2014). A full-scale reproduction of fragments of the artist's house in Los Angeles grafted onto the architecture of the Ludwig museum, the exhibition collapses two spaces together, producing a strange third space. This first volume includes extensive documentation of this particular exhibition from the artist's preliminary sketches through installation.
Volume 2 comprises a photographic monograph of selected works covering the artist's unconventional production over the past five years. Combining documentation of significant individual works, exhibitions, and large-scale installations with the artist's own production documentation of works in the studio.
English and German text.
$82.00 - Out of stock
What new paths have sculptors opened up since the end of World War II? Based on late works by Constantin Brancusi and Alberto Giacometti, this comprehensive volume illustrates the exciting and multifaceted developments in this dynamic art form. The long list of the first-class artists presented ranges from Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Jean Tinguely to Franz West, Damien Hirst and Monika Sosnowska. Sculpture on the Move demonstrates how the classic notion of form and sculpture was set in motion, became more abstract, came closer to the ordinary everyday object, dissolved spatial or conceptual boundaries, and even reconstituted itself, returning to figurative traditions. On the basis of selected works from the Kunstmuseum Basel and from international museums and private collections, the book opens up a dense, extremely rich world of contrasts. Featured artists include Absalon, Carl Andre, Jean Arp, Max Bill, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, Peter Fischli und David Weiss, Katharina Fritsch, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Gober, Duane Hanson, Eva Hesse, Damien Hirst, Donald Judd, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Mario Merz, Henry Moore, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Pablo Picasso, Charles Ray, Richard Serra, Monika Sosnowska, David Smith, Jean Tinguely, Oscar Tuazon, Danh Vo and Franz West.
2015, English / Italian
Softcover, 120 pages, 17 x 24 cm
Ed. of 1000,
Published by Cura Books / Rome
$35.00 - In stock -
Artists: Francesco Arena (Italy), Nina Beier (Denmark), Katinka Bock (Germany), Giorgio Calò Andreotta (Italy), Dario D'Aronco (Italy), N.Dash (USA), Michael Dean (UK), Oliver Laric (Austria), Mark Manders (Netherlands), Michael E. Smith (USA), Fernando Sánchez Castillo (Spain) and Francisco Tropa (Portugal), Oscar Tuazon (USA)
Edition of 1,000 copies
Produced by Palazzo Strozzi Foundation
Sculptures Also Die offers a reflection on contemporary sculpture curated by Lorenzo Benedetti through new and existing work by twelve Italian and international artists who will be forging a reflection on the meaning, the potential and the New Experimental Approaches in sculpture today. Contemporary artists tend to use new forms and materials to address a broader timeSpan in on ongoing dialogue between the past and the future;yet at the sametime, the exhibition reflects on the way in Which today's artists are so Rediscovering examined material as bronze, stone or ceramic, That Appeared to have been relegated to the Purely academic sphere.These materials are rediscovered and used in a conceptual manner to reflect on themes examined: such as the monument, the fragment, the way material wear over time, and the recovery of the recent modernist past.
Hardcover (cloth-bound), 172 pages, 20 × 25 cm
Published by Standard Books / Oslo
$54.00 - Out of stock
This cloth-bound volume documents the first seven years (2005-2012) of STANDARD (OSLO), a contemporary art gallery in Norway, at their first location of Hegdehaugsveien 3. During which time work was exhibited by Matias Faldbakken, Kim Hiorthøy, Michaela Meise, Johanna Billing, Claire Fontaine, David Lieske, Cory Arcangel, Martin Boyce, Gardar Eide Einarsson, Tauba Auerbach, Torbjørn Rødland, Josh Smith, Marius Engh, Emily Wardill, Franz West, Sister Corita Kent, Edvard Munch, Franz West, Alex Hubbard, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Oscar Tuazon, Raymond Pettibon, Lucy McKenzie, Olaf Breuning, Roe Ethridge, Uwe Henneken, Ricky Swallow, Richard Prince, Adam McEwen, Camilla Løw, Jutta Koether, Dan Rees, Fredrik Værslev, and many more.
Softcover, 172 pages, ills colour & bw, 23 x 28 cm
Published by PIN-UP MAGAZINE
$22.00 - In stock -
Pin-Up is a biannual magazine for 'architectural entertainment'.
Issue #13 : JEANNE GANG, PETER SHIRE, OSCAR TUAZON, PHILIPPE MALOUIN, PLUS a 48-page NEW YORK CITY SPECIAL including the fascinating story of the Dia Foundation’s role in a downtown mosque, a week at Paul Rudolph’s Beekman Place penthouse, an exclusive glimpse at the Metropolitan Opera Club, the rise and fall of one of America’s most important fashion designers and his extravagant Fifth Avenue office, the history of the adventure playground in New York City, and a portfolio by young New York architects Leong Leong. Also: A visit to Ricardo Bofill’s Les Espaces d’Abraxas under cover of darkness, an immersion into the nightmarish dream world of Swiss designer H.R. Giger, and a chimeric architectural fantasy rendered in polystyrene and celluloid. Austrian artist Erwin Wurm composes an absurdist architectural reprise, and four design curators present a material portfolio in marble, leather, metal, and wood. Murray Moss gives a behind-the-scenes look at how an unprecedented art and design auction is challenging traditional and disciplinary boundaries, and Dutch designer Jurgen Bey talks about dreams and realities in design education and practice. Also in the issue is an investigation into the resurgent interest in Brutalism, and an examination of the ways in which spaces of political assembly give shape to discourse. Plus a PIN–UP Board showcase featuring architecture for dogs, exciting young Arab architecture practices, Bjarne Melgaard’s Snøhetta-designed house to die in, Shanzhai Biennial, two young Beijing architects’ hardcore inclinations, Jean Prouvé meets Simon Starling, Carlo Scarpa’s legacy with Venetian glass, Richard Neutra, and so much more.
Softcover (saddle-stitch binding), 32 pages, 225 x 160 mm
Edition of 1000,
Published by Paraguay Press / Paris
$10.00 - Out of stock
This is the first installment of The Social Life of the Book, which is a quarterly, subscription-based series of texts by writers, artists, publishers, designers, booksellers, etc., reflecting on reading, designing, publishing, and distributing books today.
The first installment of this project is "Making Books" by artist Oscar Tuazon. This text recalls the origins of his taste for the book form, through an auto-biographical account of his parent's book-bindery and a further reflection on his sculptural work.
The Social Life of the Book is a collection of commissioned texts dealing with books, and how they engage with the circulation of ideas and the agency of social situations. It brings together artists, publishers, writers, designers, booksellers, etc. who consider books less as finished objects or forms but for their disruptive potential and their ability to produce new relationships, new publics and new meanings.
It develops as a series of 16-page, saddle- stitched signatures, available on postal subscription and in selected bookstores. The collection will also be hand-bound into a single volume, whose edition is determined by demand. In its contents as well as its distribution, the series aims to entice readers into a particular attention not only to printed material as such, but also to the ecosystem of knowledge writing, publishing and distributing form together.
Publishing structure and design by Will Holder
Softcover, 272 pages (96 color ill.), 13 x 19 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$28.00 - In stock -
“To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.”
Put together in the wings of the “Dystopia” exhibition at the CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux, acting as a resonance chamber, this illustrated novel raises the issue of possible futures in the form of a critical fiction, and involves the outposts of the novel to come. About New Dystopia, the city in which the novel’s protagonists live, the narrator states: “As an American … one only came to New Dystopia City to become an artist. That only there was it a way of life.” According to von Schlegell, we are living in that new metropolis. He states, “Dystopia is today.”
After Venusia (2005) and Mercury Station (2009), both published by Semiotext(e), New Dystopia is Mark von Schlegell’s third novel.
Artists: Wallace Berman, Cosima von Bonin, Brian Calvin, Tony Carter, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Peter Coffin, Simon Denny, Andreas Dobler, Roe Ethridge, Keith Farquhar, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Aurélien Froment, Cyprien Gaillard, Isa Genzken, Dan Graham, Robert Grosvenor, Sebastian Hammwöhner, Roger Hiorns, Ull Hohn, Des Hughes, Peter Hutchinson, Eugene Isabey, Sergej Jensen, On Kawara, Michael Krebber, Jesus Mari Lazkano, Rita McBride, John Miller, Pathetic Sympathy Seekers, Manfred Pernice, Stephen G. Rhodes, Glen Rubsamen, Sterling Ruby, Julia Scher, Frances Scholz, Michael Scott, Markus Selg, Reena Spaulings, Michael Stevenson, Tommy Støckel, Josef Strau, Blair Thurman, Mathieu Tonetti, Oscar Tuazon, Franz West, Jordan Wolfson
Co-published with CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux
Softcover, 176 pages, 175 x 240 mm
Published by May Revue / Paris
$18.00 - Out of stock
May Revue is a wonderful arts journal from Paris, edited by Catherine Chevalier and Eva Svennung.
Conceived as a collective space in which to develop thoughts and confront positions on artistic production, May magazine examines, quaterly, contemporary art practice and theory in direct engagement with the issues, contexts and strategies that construct these two fields. An approach that could be summed up as critique at work – or as critique actively performed in text and art forms alike.
Featuring essays, interviews, art works and reviews by artists, writers and diverse practitioners of the arts, the magazine also intends to address the economy of the production of knowledge – the starting point of this reflection being the space of indistinction between information and advertisment typical of our time. This implies a dialogue with forms of critique produced in other fields.May #1 features texts and contributions by/on artists and critics, including Michael Krebber, Fulvia Carnevale, Catherine Chevalier, Jay Chung, Josef Strau, Grand Openings, Stefan Germer, Karl Holmqvist, Anne Marquez, René Magritte, Jean Pierre Rehm, Clément Rodzielski, Vincent Romagny, Benjamin Thorel, Oscar Tuazon, Antek Walczak, Haacke, Broodthaers, Beuys, and more!!!