World Food Books is a book shop in Melbourne, Australia.
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"Various Works 1986 - 1999"
02 February 16 - September 10, 2016
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.
“USDA Whole Pork Shoulder Picnic 99c lb.”
“RITE AID Pharmacy, with us it’s personal.”
“H. Brickman & Sons.”
“Sweet Yams 59c lb."
Wurtz appears courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York.
December 15 - January 20, 2014
Organized by John Nixon, Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley.
at Minerva, Sydney (curated by Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley)
November 15 - December 20, 2014
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
presented by CENTRE FOR STYLE
November 14, 2013
"Hey Blinky, you say chic, I say same"
and a Very Special Thank you to Audrey Thomas Hayes for her shoe collaboration.
Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley
May 10 - June 8, 2013
During shop open hours videos played every hour, on the hour.
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This catalogue is the first comprehensive publication on Price’s varied oeuvre. It offers an unflinching portrait of contemporary, mediated Western life. The exhibition at Stedelijk Museum is the first survey of the American artist’s work.
A key theme in Price’s work is the self under technological pressure. This is often expressed in terms of the ‘skins’ of surface, packaging, and wrapping: a photographic study of a person’s skin obtained through the technologies Google employs for mapping; a vacuum-formed plastic relief presenting a body part stranded in plastic; a large wall sculpture depicting the negative space between two people engaged in intimate action, greatly enlarged from a tiny internet jpeg.
‘Seth Price is a key figure in addressing technology and artistic authorship. His work traces an important art historical shift from the concept of collage, where chance played a major role and the image was constructed of multiple layers, to the concept of a unified image, which envelops us in an endless, undifferentiated, digital stream.’ – Beatrix Ruf, Director of Stedelijk Museum
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Seth Price: Social Synthetic, at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (15 April – 3 September 2017), and at Museum Brandhorst, Munich (12 October 2017 – 18 March 2018).
Texts by: Cory Arcangel, Ed Halter, Achim Hochdörfer, Branden W Joseph, John Kelsey, Michelle Kuo, Rachel Kushner, Laura Owens, Ariana Reines, Beatrix Ruf.
Hardcover, 144 pages, 20.5 x 25 cm
Published by JRP Ringier / Zürich
$75.00 - In stock -
Texts by Kirsty Bell, Andrew Bonacina, Leontine Coelewij, Andrew Durbin, Liam Gillick, Beatrix Ruf
Dutch-born, London-based artist Magali Reus (born 1981) is one of the most acclaimed new voices in contemporary sculpture. Published for her exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, this is the first monograph on her work. It features her recent series (Parking, Lukes, Dregs, In Place Of and Leaves) and new sculptures created for the Stedelijk, plus an interview with Reus by curators Leontine Coelewij and Andrew Bonacina, and contributions by Stedelijk director Beatrix Ruf, artist Liam Gillick, art critic Kirsty Bell and writer Andrew Durbin. Renowned for her interest in the relationship between mass-produced objects such as fridges, padlocks and seating, and the human body in the context of today's digital society, Reus draws on a vast range of influences and references, from the domestic to the industrial.
Softcover, 600 pages, 24 x 17 cm
Published by Walther König / Köln
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Seth Siegelaub (1941–2013) is best known for his decisive role in the emergence and establishment of Conceptual Art in the late 1960s.
This extensively researched publication documents the first exhibition about his life and work, which reassess his role as one of the distinctive characters in twentieth-century exhibition-making, while recognizing his atypical, inquisitive, and free-spirited genius.
Siegelaub was also a gallerist, independent curator, publisher, researcher, archivist, collector, and bibliographer. Often credited as the ‘Father of Conceptual Art’, he was (and remains) a seminal influence on curators, artists, and cultural thinkers, internationally and in Amsterdam, where he settled in the 1990s.
With revolutionary projects such as the Xerox Book, he set the blueprint for the presentation and dissemination of conceptual practices. In the process, he redefined the exhibition space, which could now be a book, a poster, an announcement, or reality at large.
Siegelaub’s radical reassessment of the conditions of art resonated deeply with the iconoclastic views of his contemporaries Carl Andre, Robert Barry, Daniel Buren, Jan Dibbets, Douglas Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Lawrence Weiner, among others, with whom he developed close working relationships.
Texts by Beatrix Ruf, Leontine Coelewij , Sara Martinetti and more.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Seth Siegelaub: Beyond Conceptual Art at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 12 December 2015 – 17 April 2016.
$70.00 - Out of stock
At the heart of this publication is one of the most popular works: the monumental paper cut-out The Parakeet and the Mermaid (1952-1953).
This iconic artwork is presented alongside other many cut-outs, book designs by Matisse, rarely-exhibited works in fabric, interiors, costume and stained glass inspired by them. Matisse sought the most perfect possible union between shape and colour.
He depicted Eastern nudes, colourful fabrics, carpets, potted plants, and idyllic landscapes. This major publication, splendidly designed and full of vivid illustrations, reveals that, until his death, Matisse sought to evoke a bright, joyous simplicity with the minimum of means.
Texts by Patrice Deparpe, Geurt Imanse, Beatrix Ruf, Maurice Rummens, and Bart Rutten.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Oasis of Matisse at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 27 March – 16 August 2015.
Softcover, 27.5 x 21 cm
Published by Modern Matter / London
$25.00 - Out of stock
Issue five of Modern Matter is dedicated to all things stellar: this is a homonym for its cover star, STELLA TENNANT, but is also a word which can be used to describe her. The interior space of a magazine is defined, by and large, by its writers, its artists and its photographers, while the outer space is often defined by a cover model. Here, Stella – iconic, playful, a born performer, and above all, independent – embodies the interior and the ethos of Modern Matter magazine, in its first truly unisex issue.
A strong commercial prospect, despite resembling nothing and nobody else on the market, Tennant represents an intersection of the popular and the artistic, or the alternative; the masculine and the feminine; the British and the international. Photographed for Modern Matter by MARK BORTHWICK, she is something "like a star, as in brilliance."
ISSUE 5 ALSO CONTAINS:
MARK LECKEY on ambition, dumb things, and doing battle with YouTube commenters.
HANS ULRICH OBRIST in conversation with TOBIAS REHBERGER about scale, the Bar Oppenheimer, and the ingredients of the elusive “vodkastein.”
An exploration of the purpose of art in 2013, including interviews with BEATRIX RUF and HELEN MARTEN, and work by PAUL McCARTHY, WOLFGANG TILLMANS, JIM LAMBIE and many more.
A retrospective of AMBIT MAGZINE’s Invisible Years series, including interviews with DR. MARTIN BAX and RONALD SANDFORD on their work with their late colleague, the esteemed J.G. BALLARD.
Visual essays by OSCAR MURILLO and ENRICO BOCCIOLETTI.
A conversation with Dazed & Confused founder (and "socialist cowboy"), JEFFERSON HACK.
SARAH LUCAS on the secret to making a good fried egg.
The best of MENSWEAR and WOMENSWEAR A/W 2013, including LANVIN, CELINE, PRADA, RAF SIMONS, STELLA McCARTNEY, and many more.
Softcover, 160 pages, 220 x 293 mm
Published by Kaleidoscope Press / Milan
$18.00 - Out of stock
Oscar Murillo by Isobel Harbison; Ryan Sullivan by Klaus Kertess; Allison Katz by Chris Sharp; Jonathan Binet by Michele D’Aurizio; Tala Madani by Chris Wiley.
MAIN THEME – Four Painters, Four Perspectives
Heimo Zobernig by Beatrix Ruf; John Currin by Catherine Wood; Amy Sillman by Joanna Fiduccia; Michael Krebber by Isabelle Graw.
MONO – Dianna Molzan
Essay by Jonathan Griffin; Interview by Bruce Hainley.
Futura: Nikolas Gambaroff by Hans Ulrich Obrist; Souvenir D’Italie: Giorgio Griffa by Luca Cerizza; Producers: Almine Rech by Carson Chan; On Exhibitions: “Painter Painter” by Cristina Travaglini.
2012, English / German
Softcover, 376 pages (1200 color / 20 b/w), 210 x 297 mm
Published by JRP Ringier / Zürich
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"Das Institut" presents a lavishly illustrated review of the productions, exhibitions, and collaborations in which it has been involved over the past three years in the style of a business report. "Das Institut" was founded in New York in 2007 by Kerstin Brätsch (1979) and Adele Röder (1980) as a notional free space in which they both gave themselves the opportunity of working independently from the concept of their own oeuvres, for their promotion and reproduction.
Taking an ironic approach to themselves, and using great verbal wit, they have tackled the strategies of (self-)marketing head on. The fast-tempo artistic ping-pong game between the two agency proprietors Brätsch and Röder can be followed in detail in this artist's book. Each smuggles her works into the agency as models for further processing by the other. Sources of inspiration, costs, sales revenue, and exhibition techniques are frankly disclosed. What at first looks like a strong overstatement that treads on a fine line between art, knitwear, role play, and marketing is at the same time a trenchant observation of the art scene, and a plea for artistic experiment and the potential of painting.
"Das Institut" participated in the group show "Non-solo show, Non-group show" at Kunsthalle Zürich (2009) and recently in the 54th Venice Biennial (2011). The book is published on the occasion of its solo exhibitions at the Parc Saint Léger, Pougues-les-Eaux (2010); the Kölnischer Kunstverein (Spring 2011); and the Kunsthalle Zürich (Autumn 2011).
The publication is part of the series of artists' projects edited by Christoph Keller.
Softcover, 324 pages, 128 x 190 mm
Published by JRP Ringier / Zürich
$27.00 - Out of stock
A new artist's book, "'K" from Karl Holmqvist (born 1960 in Västerås, lives and works in Berlin and Stockholm), explores different levels of textual interaction with art. Both as concrete poems or language "drawings," in which words and letters come to form patterns, and through repetitions somewhere between sense and non-sense, figuration and abstraction. His work may also take the form of longer spoken word poems intended for performance readings, again investigating the formats of repetition and variation, but with more of a rhythmic and musical structure tied to memory training techniques and oral tradition. Substantial parts of the book's material are in fact gathered as "loans" from other artists, forming something of a mini-collection of language-art practices and references from Zurich and Berlin Dada, Futurism, Vorticism, Lettrisme, and onward to more contemporary formulations from artists such as Ferdinand Kriwet and Shannon Ebner.
The book has been designed by the artist together with Joshua Schenkel (Müller & Wesse, Berlin). It is published as a joint collaboration on the occasions of the "solstice readings" at Kunsthalle Zürich and a newly commissioned installation at Bergen Kunsthall.
$39.00 - Out of stock
This book by British artist Tris Vonna-Michell marks a continuation and implementation of his artistic practice through the medium of an artist's book. Vonna-Michell is a memory traveler who runs through the past and present. In his works, images, sound, light, and the most ordinary objects become the material of a totally individual experience where reality and fiction merge, and journey, memories, and invention coexist.
The stories and the visual material assembled in this book originated and began their evolution in 2003. Since 2008, they have been gradually modified and further expanded in a series of projects at, among others, Kunsthalle Zürich, GAMeC—Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V., and the Fondazione Galleria Civica—Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento. Taking these projects as a starting point, Tris Vonna-Michell conceived this book as a further elaboration of his artistic practice, interweaving multiple narrative threads. Behind an identical cover, the seemingly "same" is presented in variations that were developed through performative improvisations over the first version of the text, initial the placing of the images and positioning of the inserts. The book is not a fixed entity but a narrative construction developed in space and time, conceived as an in-progress tale and evolving in variations over a period of time.
Published with Fondazione Galleria Civica—Centro di Ricerca sulla Contemporaneità di Trento, GAMeC—Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Halle für Kunst Lüneburg e.V., and Kunsthalle Zürich.
Softcover, 144 pages (90 colour illustrations), 265 x 210 mm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$42.00 - Out of stock
Annette Kelms photographs show objects, people, places and a multitude of other motifs captured on an analogue camera. In contrast to the initial impression of practicality and minimal aesthetics, these motifs prove to be disconnected from their original contexts, estranged through interventions or enriched in arranged constellations. These subtle fractures set a kind of chain reaction in motion, opening up spaces for thought and association of lyrical and humorous quality. This clearly distinguishes Kelm from those artists collected under the "conceptual photography" label. The catalogue marks Annette Kelms first solo institutional exhibitions in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland and brings together more than eighty photographs from 2001 to the present in an overview of her work to date.
Hardcover, 112 pages (colour images throughout), 205 x 258 mm
Published by JRP Ringier / Zürich
$48.00 - Out of stock
First monograph - back in stock
In his both visually seductive and irritating photographic and filmic works, Elad Lassry, who was born in Tel Aviv in 1977 and lives and works in Los Angeles, explores canonical ideas about the use of images as influenced by various technologies and the history of the media.
Elad Lassry’s photographs—everyday and design objects, fruit and vegetable still lifes, human and animal portraits, landscapes and cityscapes—allude to visual features and image constructions that have been used in photography, advertising, magazines and illustrated books, and in films. What interests him in this context is analogue source material and duplication methods, and the development of different types of images in the history of the image before they were incorporated into the digital flood of the now omnipresent archive of available images. His photographic works, which do not usually exceed the format of a magazine or printed material, comprise either collages of acquired printed matter or newly-composed photographs.
Lassry's photographs make use of the attractiveness of the familiarity of these images. However, they are almost too intensely colored, too abstract, too staged. In addition to this process of visual emphasis, they are presented in matching colored frames, which, on yet another level, critically thematicize the relationship between the image and the "picture" as a utilitarian object, and refer to the history of the presentation of objects as art and the aestheticization of perception. They prompt distortions, and therefore, ruptures in the stereotype and the customary—in both temporal and interpretational terms—process of our perception of images.
The book is the first monograph dedicated to the artist's work and is published in the Kunsthalle Zürich series.
Published by Archive Books / Berlin
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The Exhibitionist, a journal made by curators, for curators, focusing solely on the practice of exhibition making.
The objective is to create a wider platform for the discussion of curatorial concerns – encourage a diversification of curatorial models, and actively contribute to the formation of a theory of curating.
In this issue: Jens Hoffmann, Jill Dawsey, Chus Martínez, Jean-Hubert Martin, Julian Myers, Jessica Morgan, Ulrike Groos, Jill Winder, Yilmaz Dziewior, Rob Bowman, Beatrix Ruf, Eungie Joo, Adriano Pedrosa, Massimiliano Gioni, Nancy Spector and Tara McDowell.