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 Book 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.
$75.00 - In stock -
Beautiful hardcover cloth-bound catalogue published on the occasion of Vincent Fecteau's large survey solo exhibition at Kunsthalle Basel in 2015 (curated by Elena Filipovic). In addition to numerous full-colour reproductions of the exhibited works the book (including installation views and numerous photographs of individual works from different angles, including details) contains a new essay by Bruce Hainley. Also includes an exhibition work list, biography and bibliography.
Co-published byKunsthalle Basel, Matthew Marks (New York), Galerie Daniel Buchholz (Cologne) and greengrassi (London).
Edition of 1000.
Vincent Fecteau (b. 1969) has, over the last two decades, forged a singular aesthetic that mixes homespun materials (popsicle sticks, champagne corks, string, and the like), meticulous craft work, and a curious formal grammar. By turns wonky, erotic, extraterrestrial, or baroque—and sometimes all of these at once—his sculptures are built from small, slow accumulations in which layering, texture, and the work of the hand are all visible. You Have Did the Right Thing When You Put That Skylight In, the San Francisco–based artist’s largest exhibition to date and his first solo show in Switzerland, is a selection of sculptures spanning from 2000 to the present plus the premiere of a large new body of work. Comprised of images culled from magazines and other ready-made elements (shoeboxes, jewelry boxes, wicker baskets, and other lo-fi containers, all painted the matte-est of blacks), these wall sculptures manifest both a return to his origins (collage) and a significant new direction.
Softcover, 192 pages (full colour), 20 x 26 cm
Ed. of 1250,
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$38.00 - In stock -
Edited by Krist Gruijthuijsen
“In 2005 I was invited to participate in a project in Los Angeles called ‘The Backroom’ initiated by Magali Arriola, Kate Fowle, and Renaud Proch, in which artists were asked to contribute materials related to their research, sources, and interests. Although at that time I was not using collage materials in my sculptures, I had amassed a large collection of magazine pages (mainly from architecture and interior design magazines) that I often flipped through for inspiration. I decided to edit the pages, spending several months arranging and rearranging them as relationships both formal and narrative were revealed. This book is a reproduction of the resulting selection, originally presented in ‘The Backroom’ in a simple black binder.”
—Vincent Fecteau, San Francisco, 2015
American artist Vincent Fecteau has, over the last two decades, forged a singular aesthetic that mixes homespun materials (Popsicle sticks, champagne corks, string, and the like), meticulous craftwork, and a curious formal grammar. By turns wonky, erotic, extraterrestrial, or baroque—and sometimes all of these at once—his sculptures are built from small, slow accumulations in which layering, texture, and the work of the hand are all visible. His exhibition “You Have Did the Right Thing When You Put That Skylight In” is on display at the Kunsthalle Basel from June 18–August 23, 2015.
Copublished with Grazer Kunstverein
Coproduced with Galerie Buchholz, greengrassi, and Matthew Marks Gallery
Design by Marc Hollenstein
15 postcard set (in plastic pocket), 10.8 x 16 cm ea.
Published by SFMOMA / San Francisco
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In conjunction with Not New Work: Vincent Fecteau Selects from the Collection, 2009, SFMOMA commissioned Vincent Fecteau to create an artist's book, in which he chose to focus on a particular work in the exhibition—Christopher Wilmarth's plywood-and-glass sculpture New (1968). The publication consists of approximately a dozen loose postcards depicting Wilmarth's sculpture, enclosed in a plastic sleeve. Works from the exhibition photographed by way of Wilmarth's foregrounding sculpture are by Lynda Benglis, Judy Chicago, Friedel Dzubas, Max Ernst, Richard Faralia, Ralph Goings, Joe Goode, Charles Howard, Ralph Humphrey, Jess, Ron Nagle, Robert Overby, Dorothy Reid, Diego Rivera, Erio Rudd, George Segal, Wayne Thiebaud, Tom of Finland, H.C. Westermann, and Peter Young.
Softcover, 113 pages, 140 x 215 mm
Edition of 100, hand-numbered.,
Published by Pep Talk / Los Angeles
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Bruce Hainley PEP TALK is the first collection of the author's writing, bringing together an amazing selection of republished and unpublished interviews, critical essays, and poems. Every single text in this collection is guaranteed to light your fire, if you have any wick at all. As writer, critic, poet, teacher, mentor and more, Hainley is incomparable and irreplaceable to us in Los Angeles and those engaged with contemporary art anywhere. This monographic issue also includes contributions from artists Richard Hawkins and Dianna Molzan. - PEP TALK
Very highly recommended.
Softcover (die-cut w. flocking), 154 pages, 23 x 28 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Nest / New York
$60.00 - Sold
Nest: A Quarterly of Interiors was a unique and ground-breaking magazine published from 1997 to 2004, for a total run of 26 issues.
Marketed as an interior design magazine, and edited by Joseph Holtzman, Nest generally eschewed the conventionally beautiful luxury interiors showcased in other magazines, and instead featured photographs of nontraditional, exceptional, and unusual environments. Fred A. Bernstein, writing in the New York Times, wrote that Joseph Holtzman "believed that an igloo, a prison cell or a child's attic room (adorned with Farrah Fawcett posters) could be as compelling as a room by a famous designer." During its run, Nest showed the room of a 40-year-old diaper lover, the lair of an Indonesian bird that decorates with coloured stones and vomit, the final resting place of Napoleon’s penis, the quarters of Navy seamen, a barbed-wire-trimmed bed that doubled as a tank, and a Gothic Christmas card from filmmaker John Waters. Noted architect Rem Koolhaas called it "an anti-materialistic, idealistic magazine about the hyperspecific in a world that is undergoing radical leveling, an 'interior design' magazine hostile to the cosmetic." Artist Richard Tuttle was quoted as saying that Mr. Holtzman "channeled the collective unconscious, to give us the pleasure of ornament before we even knew we wanted it."
Nest issue 2, Fall 1998 features, amongst much more: artist Rosemarie Trockel (including a unique flocked cover design by Trockel), Igloo's by photographer Richard Harrington, sculptor Robert Gober on architect Jan Pol, master decorator Renzo Mongiardino, inmates reflect on the decor of a New Mexico Womens Correctional Facility, the temporary lodgings of novelist Muriel Spark, artist Vincent Fecteau an scholar Michael Lobel look at the work of actor-turned-decorator Hasi Hester, the apartment of Pierre et Gilles, and much more... A magazine like no other before or since.
2012, English / German
Softcover, 128 pages (colour ill.), 17 x 24cm
Published by Hatje Cantz / Berlin
$50.00 - Sold
In the sixties, artists made renewed efforts to take a good look at the conditions required to create art: production, presentation, and reception. With Minimal Art, institutional critique, and Contextual Art, an ambivalent attitude developed toward the object. This raises the question of the sense and purpose of sculpture in the context of today’s world. This publication presents works by contemporary artists who distinguish themselves through their process-oriented approach and deal with formal composition in an explorative way, employing a wide variety of materials and methods. In doing so, this volume contributes to a general understanding of the concept of the sculptural act. An important reference here is Richard Serra’s Verb List Compilation (1967/68), in which he compiled a list of over one hundred verbs dealing specifically with the treatment of different materials, such as “fold,” “bend,” “tear,” and “press.”
Featuring the work of Alexandra Bircken, Anita Leisz, Kimberly Sexton, Michael Beutler, Phyllida Barlow, Vincent Fecteau
Softcover (stapled), 16 pages (b&w ill.), 240 x 170 mm
Published by Kunstverein / Amsterdam
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An accompanying booklet for Kunstverein’s, Closer – The Dennis Cooper Papers, which profiles the influential literary figure of Dennis Cooper (1953, Pasadena, USA), acknowledging his important impact across literature, poetry, performance and visual art.
In the collaboration with the Fales Library & Special Collections of New York University, Kunstverein presents the archive of the George Miles Cycle, comprised of manuscripts, journals, posters, correspondence, scrapbooks and videocassettes. In addition, works by Vincent Fecteau and Falke Pisano are shown alongside the archive material. Artist Trisha Donnelly has been commissioned to produce new work based on the five novels.
Contains an interview with Dennis Cooper, Marvin Taylor and Krist Gruijthuijsen