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, 260 pages, 22 x 26 cm
Published by Mousse / Milan
$75.00 - In stock -
“This book, the first major monograph on British artist Steven Claydon – published on the occasion of his 2015 exhibition at Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve –, brings together visual documentation, texts addressing the artist’s multifarious practice over recent years, and a comprehensive chronology spanning his twenty-year career. […] Claydon’s work is rich and complex. As the reader will witness through the pages, his visual lexicon embraces a wide range of references, from contemporary design to technology, from architecture to archaeology, from art history to science fiction, from popular culture to medieval music. Synesthetic connections and associations represent the very essence of the way Claydon works and thinks. This book is conceived both as a tool for better understanding his dynamic and pluralistic practice, and his important role as a precursor to the practices of today’s young artists.” – Andrea Bellini
Edited by Andrea Bellini.
Texts by Mark Beasley, Andrea Bellini, Michael Bracewell, James Cahill, Martin Clark, Steven Claydon, Michelle Cotton
$32.00 - In stock -
How do we educate curators? Great Expectations: Prospects for the Future of Curatorial Education explores this question, focusing in particular on the challenges, opportunities, and subjects that motivate educators and students.
Great Expectations grew out of the symposium The Next 25 Years: Propositions for the Future of Curatorial Education, organized by the Graduate Program in Curatorial Practice, California College of the Arts, and held in San Francisco on March 14–15, 2015.
With contributions by: Mark Beasley, María del Carmen Carrión, Rebecca Coates, Maeve Connolly, Barbara Fischer, Reesa Greenberg, Kit Hammonds, Matthew Higgs, Sinéad Hogan, Anthony Huberman, Mami Kataoka, Salwa Mikdadi, Julian Myers-Szupinska, Estelle Nabeyrat, Nontobeko Ntombela, Kris Paulsen, Kristina Lee Podesva, Peta Rake, Grace Samboh, Kitty Scott, Ulay
2016, English / Italian
Softcover (newspaper), 334 pages, 25 x 36 cm
Published by Mousse Publishing / Milan
$20.00 - Out of stock
MOUSSE #54, Summer 2016
Character Studies of Primeval Life Form
by Jacquelyn Ross
EXTEND, EXCEED, ENHANCE: PROSTHETICS AND SCULPTURE
by Lisa Le Feuvre
by Hans Ulrich Obrist
RAYMOND BOISJOLY, TANYA LUKIN LINKLATER, WALTER SCOTT
Native North America
by Andrew Berardini, Richard William Hill and Candice Hopkins
INSIDE TO OUTSIDE TO INSIDE
by Jens Hoffmann
by Melanie Bühler
by Maurizio Cattelan,
What You See Is What You See
by Krist Gruijthuijsen
I Can Give You Anything But Love
by Andrew Durbin
by Lauren Cornell
An Idiosyncratic Abecedary
by Filipa Ramos
Projecting an Island from Another
by Mark Beasley
The impossible is the only (no-)thing that ever happens
by Pia Bolognesi
by Dieter Roelstraete
by Anselm Franke
NOBODY IS SLEEPING IN THE SKY
by Geoffrey Farmer and Dora García
NOW, I AM AFRAID...
by Chus Martínez
CECILIA BENGOLEA AND FRANÇOIS CHAIGNAUD
by Kathy Noble
MORAG KEIL AND GEORGIE NETTELL
by Fredi Fischli and Niels Olsen
AN ESSAY ON DRESS-UP AND OTHER THINGS
by Sabrina Tarasoff
$23.00 - In stock -
Contributions by Albert Angelo, Mark Beasley, Rhea Dall and Charlotte Johannesson, Dexter Bang Sinister, Diedrich Diederichsen, The Digital Theatre, Hollis Frampton, Lars Bang Larsen, Francis McKee, Malcolm Mooney and Jan Verwoert, Rob Giampietro
This bulletin annotates a projected wall text (shown on the cover) that introduced the research program “Dexter Bang Sinister” at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Devised by Stuart Bailey, Lars Bang Larsen, Angie Keefer, and David Reinfurt, the program, like this bulletin, was based on Larsen’s just-completed PhD dissertation at the University of Copenhagen, A History of Irritated Material: Psychedelic Concepts in Neo-Avantgarde Art. The idea was to contrive a popular version of his academic thesis by editing it psychedelically.
This might sound simple, or at least simple-minded, as a textual exercise in psychedelia’s familiar imperatives: Jimi Hendrix’s “Are you experienced?,” Ken Kesey’s “Did you pass the Acid Test?,” or Timothy Leary’s “Turn on, tune in, drop out.” But the irony of psychedelic essences and injunctions should be lost on no one. It’s the self-contradictory voice of the psychedelic police, and on this beat you’ll always find a policeman who enforces a multicolored patriarchal law: “LSD ID, please—we need to check how free you really are ...” This is hardly a new nor a very profound observation, just transgression’s age-old contradiction: the necessity of invoking the law in order to sin against it.
The real irony, though, is how the law returns to psychedelia in the form of categorical imperatives, platitudes, and pigeonholes. If we strip away the usual clichés of psychedelic representation—excess, overload, rainbows, tie-dye—what’s left? What’s worth keeping? What does a hollowed-out, desaturated, low-grade, root-level, emphatically black-and-white psychedelia look and feel like? The closer we looked, the more it became apparent that such austere gears had been the psychedelic movement’s means all along—and so black and white seemed an even more pertinent point of return from which to usefully depart once more. From this vantage, how might that look and feel be put to proper use—that’s to say, transformed—artistically and socially today? This brings us back to the immediate question: what could it mean to edit a thesis on psychedelia psychedelically, without recourse to drugs? How does the TRIP translate to METHOD?
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
Softcover, 104 pages, offset/newsprint, 165 x 235 mm
Published by Dexter Sinister / New York
$27.5.00 - Out of stock