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
THURS 11-5 PM
FRI 11-7 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, 148 pages, 22.5 x 28 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Shibuya Kuritsu Shōtō Bijutsukan / Tokyo
$90.00 - In stock -
Rare monographic catalogue of the work of Tomio Miki, published on the occasion of a retrospective exhibition, "1938-1978", held at Shibuya Kuritsu Shōtō Bijutsukan, Dec. 2, 1992-Jan. 24, 1993. Profusely illustrated throughout with colour and black and white images of his many famous sculptural EAR works (all beautifully photo-documented), plus other sculptures, drawings, prints, editions, collages, historical installation and social images, plus a chronology of work/exhibitions, and accompanying texts (in Japanese). Although a Japanese language book, this is primarily visual, almost cover to cover an illustrated history of his work and the closest monograph we have found to a catalogue raisonne of this incredible Japanese avant-garde artist.
Tomio Miki (1938-1978), who exhibited among a group of avant-garde, politically active artists in Tokyo in the late 1950s and early 1960s, settled in 1963 on the human ear as his primary sculptural subject for the next several years. He often depicted them individually, on a giant scale. Sometimes he combined ears with other elements, such as spoons or colored lights, or made series of them set in rows or in boxes. Miki spoke quixotically about his choice of the ear, saying that it originated in an “experience in a train, when, for no reason, I suddenly felt myself surrounded by hundreds of ears trying to assault me. This personal episode, however, wouldn’t be any precise answer to why I make ears. I can hardly say I chose the ear. More precisely, isn’t it that the ear chose me?”
1996, Japanese / English
Softcover (w. inserted exhibition ephemera), 198 pages, 22 x 27 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Museum of Contemporary Art / Tokyo
$45.00 - Out of stock
Book published for the exhibition "1964: A Turning Point in Japanese Art" in 1996 at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. The work was divided into seven categories: 'Japanese-style Paintings', 'Oil Paintings', 'Prints', 'Sculptures', 'Anti-art Trend', '#32 The Venice Biennale' and 'Reportage on the Time', all illustrated in full-colour. A chronology from 1963 to 1965, a detailed bibliography as well as checklist of the exhibition and a group of essays (in English and Japanese) are included in this publication. This copy also includes inserted ephemera from the exhibition - ticketstub, adverts, pamphlets, guides, etc.
Includes work by Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Tadanori Yokoo, Ay-o, Nobuaki Kojima, Genpei Akasegawa, Tomio Miki, Kikuko Morimoto, Koichi Tateishi, Toshinobu Onosato, Yoshishige Saito, Taro Okamoto, Sadamasa Motonaga, Yuki Katsyra, Jiro Yoshihara, Saburo Aso, Kumi Sagai, Kazuo Shiraga, Masaaki Yamada, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Atsuko Tanaka, Minami Tada, Yoshikuni Iida, Bukichi Inoue, Shu Eguchi, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Matsuzawa Yutaka, Shinjiro Okamoto, Shusaku Arakawa, Yukihisa Isobe, Akira Shimizu, Jiro Takamatsu, and many more.
'This exhibition spotlights the year of the Tokyo Olympics, 1964, bringing back the art scene of that year in the museum galleries. Many previous exhibitions have shown how important the decade of the sixties was for the development of postwar art. [...] We have chosen to focus on 1964 as a significant dividing line between the first and second half of this fruitful decade. While there are few precedents fro an exhibition concentrating on a single year, we felt that an objective examination of a limited period could give a more precise picture of the art of that time and the ways in which it was related to social changes. There were not many art events directly related to the Tokyo Olympics, especially when compared to the international exposition held in Osaka in 1970. However, the many art movements and ideas which emerged that year had an extremely important effect on things to come. In this exhibition, we show how the year of the Tokyo Olympics, that great landmark of postwar history, was also a turning point in the art history of this country and we present a comprehensive view of the art produced that year. [...]' (Foreword by Kamon Yasuo)
Softcover, 150 pages, 22 x 24 cm
1st Edition, out of print title / Used*,
Published by Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum / Tokyo
$90.00 - In stock -
Great book published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in 1983.
Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white with examples of leading firgure in 1960s Japanese art scene, across themes and movements such as Gutai, Mono-ha, Pop, Fluxus, Dada, conceptual art and much more, including profiles on Tetsumi Kudo, Yukihisa Isobe, Ushio Shinohara, Shusaku Arakawa, Takami Sakurai, Yoshio Murakami, Hisashi Indo, Tomio Miki, Nobuaki Kojima, Jiro Takamatsu, Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Koichi Tateishi, Hiroshi Nakamura, Koichi Tanikawa, Kei Hiraga, Ay-o, Tadanori Yokoo, Tasuo Ikeda, Tetsuro Komai, Hideo Hagiwara, Fumiaki Fukita, Yukio Fukazawa, Arinori Ichihara, Masuo Ikeda, Mitsuo Kano, Hideo Yoshihara, Tetsuya Noda, Bushiro Mouri, Saburo Muraoka, Shu Eguchi, Hisayuki Mogami, Ryokichi Mukai, Yoshikuni Iida, Bukichi Inoue, Isamu Wakabayashi, Masakazu Horiuchi, Kakuzo Tatehata, Haruhiko Yasuda, Moio Shinoda, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Masunobu Yoshimura, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Minami Tada, Aiko Miyawaki, Nobuo Sekine, Takeo Yamaguchi, Masanari Murai, Toshinobu Onosato, Yoshishige Saito, Minoru Kawabata, Kumi Sugai, Yayoi Kusama, On Kawara, Keiji Usami, Takahiko Iimura.
Texts in Japanese.