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.
$33.00 - In stock -
Edited by Ellen Blumenstein, Heike Catherina Mertens
Texts by Hannah Black, Ellen Blumenstein, Christina Weiss, Catherine Wood
This publication accompanies the first institutional solo show by Kate Cooper, winner of the 2014 Schering Stiftung Art Award. Exploring the format and presentation inherent to image production, Cooper returns to the CGI female models used in her exhibition at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, to create a new series of works situated within the fictional space of the lookbook.
Through her videos, exhibitions, and photographic works, Cooper explores the role of gender and what agency images might possess in and of themselves. Producing images becomes akin to building infrastructure; her computer-generated bodies are imbued with power and put to work. The imagery of advertising is hacked. The female labor inherent in these modes of production becomes refocused in an economy of withdrawal, enacting a refusal of representation.
Along with Cooper’s new series of images, LOOK BOOK includes a new short story by Hannah Black titled “Personal Trainer,” appendices by KW curator Ellen Blumenstein, an introduction by Christina Weiss, and subtitles and slogans (“Is seeing everything? Are you all-unseeing?”) by Catherine Wood.
Copublished with KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
Design by Michael Oswell
$63.00 - Out of stock
An overview of the relation between choreography and exhibition, through the contributions of over thirty international visual artists, choreographers, musicians, filmmakers, theorists, and curators.
In 2008, the Contemporary art centre La Ferme du Buisson, invited the curator Mathieu Copeland to present his work, Choregraphed Exhibition, composed of movements executed by three dancers over two months. This exhibition nourished a multitude of questions that gave birth to a book, Choreograping Exhibitions, overview of the relation between choreography and exhibition. It brings together over thirty international visual artists, choreographers, musicians, filmmakers, theorists, and curators.
Contributions by Kenneth Anger, Fia Backström, Jérôme Bel, Julien Bismuth, Giovanni Carmine, Boris Charmatz,Mathieu Copeland, Tim Etchells, Barbara Formis, Maite Garbayo Maeztu, Kenneth Goldsmith, Amy Greenfield, Abbie Hoffman, Karl Holmqvist, Pierre Huyghe, Myriam Van Imschoot, Jennifer Lacey, LeClubdes5, Franck Leibovici, Pablo León de la Barra, André Lepecki, Alan Licht, Raimundas Malašauskas, Loreto Martínez Troncoso,Malcolm McLaren, Gustav Metzger, Lilo Nein, Phill Niblock, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Michael Parsons, Julie Pellegrin, Mickaël Phelippeau, Michael Portnoy, Claude Rutault, Irena Tomažin, Catherine Wood.
Edited by Mathieu Copeland and Julie Pellegrin.
Graphic design: Nicolas Eigenheer and Jeremy Schorderet.
Published with Mathieu Copeland editions, la Ferme du Buisson and Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen.
Softcover, 120 pages, 27 x 22 cm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$40.00 - Out of stock
This catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibitions "Present time exercise" at the Museum of Modern Art Oxford and "Standing anywhere in the space in a relaxed position" at the Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada.Silke Otto-Knapp works with watercolour and gouache paints on canvas, building up and breaking down the painted surface to create works of subtle effect. Her paintings and drawings explore the interplay of rural and urban aesthetics while illuminating her characters' quotidian experience. Inspired by theater sets and botanical gardens, these dreamlike compositions are populated by ghostly figures, shadows, and open-aired amphitheaters.
The catalogue surveys Otto-Knapp s paintings from the past five years, in which staged figures and landscapes are at the centre of her explorations into the construction of pictorial space.
Edited by Suzanne Cotter.
Text by Catherine Wood, Jan Verwoert.
Softcover (newspaper), 37 x 26 cm
Published by Mousse Publishing / Milan
$18.00 - In stock -
Mousse #41, December 2013:TALKING ABOUT - What do you need me for? by Vivian Sky Rehberg; ALAN MOORE - A for Alan Moore by Hans Ulrich Obrist; TALKING ABOUT - Pots on Video by Nick Currie; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - Introduction by Joao Ribas; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - I will revisit my lost loves, and playmates masterless! by Chus Martínez; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - Digital Landfills by Cory Arcangel; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - Found Wanting by Angie Keefer; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - The Writing of Banality by Akram Zaatari; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - Transformative Energies by Defne Ayas; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - Compatability Mode by Seth Price; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - An Actual Subversion by David Levine; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY- Too Big to Fail by Adam Kleinman; ON PURPOSE AND URGENCY - Law as Art by Carey Young; TALKING ABOUT - Mass Effect by Lauren Cornell & Ed Halter; STEVE MCQUEEN - Shackled Past by Jens Hoffmann; CHARLES RAY - A Sculptural Differential by Zachary Cahill; LUKE WILLIS THOMPSON - Out of the Gallery by Sophie von Olfers; TABOR ROBAK - I Love Screens by Cecilia Alemani; GCC - Gulf Committee Complex by Kevin McGarry; CALEB CONSIDINE -Mute Paintings by Alex Kitnick; THOMAS EGGERER - A Fragile Artificiality by John Kelsey; NEW YORK - KEVIN BEASLEY - Shaking the Museum by Jenny Schlenzka; LONDON - CHRISTINA MACKIE - A Constant Drift by Rhea Dall; LOS ANGELES - JON PESTONI Jon Pestoni: With Flying Colors by Andrew Berardini; TALKING ABOUT - The Blurring of You and Me by Jennifer Allen; HOBBYPOPMUSEUM Gesamtkunstspiel by Catherine Wood; DENA YAGO - Life on Heat Island by Isla Leaver-Yap, and much 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 / 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!
Hardcover, 88 pages, 265 x 213mm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$45.00 - Out of stock
Marc Camille Chaimowicz subtly intervenes in the gallery space, altering the atmosphere and décor of the environment. This catalogue, devised in collaboration with the graphic designer Adeline Morlon, reflects his working method, developing quiet, multi-perspective views of a spatial installation. Chaimowicz’s environments embrace the domestic sphere, incorporating interior design, ceramics, wallpaper and textiles. The exhibition at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen documented in this book shows works spanning the years 1975 to 2005 and includes objects, drawings, photo collages and paintings.
‘Spaces and their potentialities of allowing ideas to come into being forms the central pillar of interest for the artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz… for the first time ever in a German institution, he has realized his ideas in a richly faceted manner and shown his work to an interested and curious audience.’ (Rita Kersting)
English and German text.
Hardcover, 36 pages, 24 x 33 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$26.00 - Out of stock
Edited by Frédérique Bergholtz and Maaike Gouwenberg
Contributions by Catherine Wood, Keren Cytter, Andrew Kerton, Dafna Maimon
Published on the occasion of the performance of Show Real Drama, this monographic publication concentrates on a performance Keren Cytter developed for If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution’s edition on Masquerade (2008–10). The publication focuses both on the development of this performance and on the working process within D.I.E. Now, the dance company that was established as a result of Cytter’s collaboration with the performers.
Catherine Wood contributes with an essay that situates the performance in the context of the history of international dance; Cytter presents a selection of gestures from the choreography of the performances; and performers Andrew Kerton and Dafna Maimon contribute short essays that offer insight into the different stages of the performance on tour. The True Story of John Webber and His Endless Struggle with the Table of Content was presented in an international tour that traveled to Tate Modern (2009, London), Performa (2009, New York), Hebbel am Ufer (2010, Berlin), Van Abbemuseum (2010, Eindhoven), and Tramway (2010, Glasgow).
Copublished with If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution
Design by Maureen Mooren