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.
Hardcover, 224 pages (150 colour ill.), 310 x 240 mm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$60.00 - Out of stock
All-in-One represents a first attempt at offering an overview of Thomas Bayrle's multifaceted practice, from his first kinetic machines to the recent engine installations.
Amply illustrated, the catalogue highlights not only the serigraphies and super-images Bayrle is perhaps best known for, but also his sculptures, his early work as a graphic designer and publisher (included is an illustrated bibliography of all of Bayrle's artist books), his videos, as well as samples from his own texts (excerpts from his San Francisco Diary of 1981, reprinted here for the first time) and from his dabblings in concrete poetry.
Holding together this expansive approach are the concerns that have always animated his work: consumerism and consumer society, political propaganda, weaves and patterns, movement, sexuality, and religion.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, 9 February – 12 May 2013.
Due to the weight of this volume, your order will likely incur additional postage costs. We will contact you with the best shipping advice upon your order, or alternatively, please email us in advance. Thank you for understanding.
Softcover, 148 pages, 214 x 20 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$26.00 - Out of stock
Eva Grubinger, Jörg Heiser (Eds.)
Contributions by Aleksandra Domanović, Mark Fisher, Nathalie Heinich, Mark Leckey, Jean-François Lyotard and Bernard Blistène, Jussi Parikka, Christiane Sauer, Timotheus Vermeulen
While the first volume Sculpture Unlimited (2011) dealt with the question of how the contemporary field of sculpture can be defined in a useful and stimulating manner against its long history, the second volume looks at the present and future. Once again edited by Eva Grubinger and Jörg Heiser, with contributions by internationally reputed artists and scholars, this volume poses the following question: If we assume that computers and algorithms increasingly control our lives, that they not only regulate social and communicative traffic but also produce new materials and things, does this increase or decrease the space for artistic imagination and innovation? Where is the place of art and sculpture, provided we don’t want art to resort to merely maintaining aesthetic traditions?
With sculpture as a leading reference, the contributions address theory, aesthetics, and technology: Do current philosophical movements such as new materialism and object-oriented ontology affect our notion of the art object? Does so-called post-Internet art have a future? And how does the Internet of Things relate to objects and things in art?
Design by Surface
2014, English / Italian
Hardcover (plus softcover booklet with italian translations), 80 pages, 23.5 x 34 cm
Published by Mousse / Milan
$50.00 - Out of stock
Alessandro Rabottini, ed.
Texts by Jörg Heiser, Elad Lassry, Aram Moshayedi, and Alessandro Rabottini
Elad Lassry’s multi-media practice explores the current status of images as the point where multiple modes of production and reception merge. In just a few years Lassry (b. 1977, Tel Aviv; lives and works in Los Angeles) has established himself as one of the most original artists of his generation, through photographs, films, sculptures, performances and installations that are both visually seductive and conceptually challenging. This book – edited by exhibition curator Alessandro Rabottini – documents Elad Lassry’s solo exhibition at the PAC – Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Italy; the first and most comprehensive monographic show held at an Italian institution. With an essay by Aram Moshayedi (Curator at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles) and a conversation between the artist and Jörg Heiser (co-editor of frieze magazine), the book provides an in-depth critical examination of Lassry’s work since the beginning of his career.
2013, English / German
Softcover, 23 x 30 cm
Published by Frieze / London
$22.00 - In stock -
Frieze d/e #11 features:
This is Hardcore: On the occasion of her forthcoming retrospective at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Dominic Eichler unravels Isa Genzken’s work and persona by Dominic Eichler
Kandinsky's Bauhaus: While teaching at the Bauhaus, Wassily Kandinsky deepened his theory of art as a visual rhetoric conveying specific emotions – ideas that would later influence the design of prison cells in Spain by Boris Groys
Variations on a Theme: Gallerist, collector, curator and director René Block talks to artist Maria Eichhorn about ambition in art, the unexplored diversity of Fluxus and the importance of music in a career spanning 50 years by Maria Eichhorn
Still Moving: In her collages, photographs, artist books and paintings, Özlem Altin explores the body at rest and the inanimate in action by Sara Stern
Roman Schramm: The show of showing by Kolja Reichert
Natalie Czech: Filling in the Blanks by Christy Lange
Kaspar Müller: Picture a hat... by Aoife Rosenmeyer
Why have art collaborations become so annoying? by Jan Kedves
Helga Wretman’s Fitness for Artists TV revives the surprisingly long history of art and exercise by Jörg Scheller
The quasi-documentaries of Viennese filmmakers Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel by Bert Rebhandl
Artist Tobias Madison presents his selection of favourite publications by Tobias Madison
Ulf Poschardt’s love letter to the Porsche 911 by Thomas Hübener
Biennale di Venezia by Kirsty Bell
Biennale di Venezia by Dominikus Müller
Door Between Either And Or - Part 1 - Kunstverein München by Pablo Larios
Some End of Things - Museum für Gegenwartskunst by Laura McLean-Ferris
Her Story(s) - Bonner Kunstverein by Elvia Wilk
Henri Chopin, Guy de Cointet & Channa Horwitz - Kunsthalle Düsseldorf by Noemi Smolik
Shows On Show - How are historic exhibitions re-exhibited? by Jörg Heiser
Urs Fischer, Sanya Kantarovsky, Ursula Mayer, Keichii Tanaami, and much more.....
Softcover, 176 pages, 10.8 x 17.8 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$19.00 - Out of stock
With an introduction by Boris Groys and essays by Claire Bishop, Keti Chukhrov, Ekaterina Degot, Jörg Heiser, Terry Smith, Anton Vidokle, and Sarah Wilson
Beyond the view that multiple, globally dispersed conceptual art practices provide a heterogeneity of cultural references, Andrei Monastyrski and Collective Actions propose much more: other dimensions altogether, other spatiotemporal politics, other timescales, other understandings of matter, other forms of life—not only as works, but as a basic condition for being able to perceive artworks in the first place. Could it be that the Moscow Conceptualists were so elusive or saturated with the particularities of life in a specific economic and intellectual culture that they precluded integration into a broader art historical narrative? If so, then their simultaneously modest and radical approach to form may present a key to understanding the resilience and flexibility of a more general sphere of global conceptualisms that anticipate, surpass, or even bend around their purported origins in canonical European and American regimes of representation, as well as what we currently understand to be the horizon of artistic practice.
Design by Jeff Ramsey, cover design by Liam Gillick
Softcover, 216 pages, 24 b/w ill., 10.8 x 17.8 cm
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$20.00 - In stock -
Contributions by Julieta Aranda, Brian Kuan Wood, Anton Vidokle, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Boris Groys, Raqs Media Collective, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Hu Fang, Jörg Heiser, Martha Rosler, Zdenka Badovinac, Carol Yinghua Lu, Dieter Roelstraete, and Jan Verwoert
This book began as a two-part issue of e-flux journal devoted to the question: What is contemporary art? First, and most obviously: why is this question not asked? That is to say, why do we simply leave it to hover in the shadow of attempts at critical summation in the grand tradition of twentieth-century artistic movements? A single hegemonic “ism” has replaced clearly distinguishable movements and grand narratives. But what exactly does it mean to be working under the auspices of this singular ism?
“Widespread usage of the term ‘contemporary’ seems so self-evident that to further demand a definition of ‘contemporary art’ may be taken as an anachronistic exercise in cataloguing or self-definition. At the same time, it is no coincidence that this is usually the tenor of such large, elusive questions: it is precisely through their apparent self-evidence that they cease to be problematic and begin to exert their influence in hidden ways; and their paradox, their unanswerability begins to constitute a condition of its own, a place where people work.”
E-flux journal: What Is Contemporary Art? puts the apparent simplicity and self-evident term into doubt, asking critics, curators, artists, and writers to contemplate the nature of this catchall or default category.
Softcover, 104 pages, offset/newsprint, 165 x 235 mm
Published by Dexter Sinister / New York
$27.5.00 - Out of stock
In this issue:
D/S present PARALLEL introductions
Richard Hollis on the EYE and the EAR
James Goggin itemizes ways of reading in London, 2008 with Maria Fusco, Will Holder, Richard Hollis, Maki Suzuki and Jörg Heiser
Will Holder speaks of the poetics of concrete poetry and documenting the work of Falke Pisano
Stefan Themerson & Language - a film by Erik van Zuylen introduced by Mike Sperlinger
Dan Fox plays an extended version of Refracted Light Through Armoury Show
Jennifer Higgie reads from Carnival Theory, a play-in-progress with Johnny Vivash
Agency presents Specimen 0880: Papa Hemingway
David Reinfurt explains NaÏve Set Theory with an overhead projector
Malcolm McLaren (in absentia) is interviewed by Mark & Stephen Beasley (in absentia)
Stuart Bailey - describes the Science, Fiction of E.C. Large with Will Holder and David Reinfurt
Alex Klein - Portrait of Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, New York City, May 2008
Mitim (Eta) by Radim Peško
Walead Beshty - Beshty’s Possible Triangle, 2008
Dexter Sinister - Beshty’s Possible Triangle, 2008
Janice Kerbel - Remarkable, 2008
The Middle of Nowhere, Chapter 8 by Will Holder