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.
2016, English / German
Softcover, 136 pages, 20.5 x 26.8 cm
Published by Starship / Berlin
$18.00 - In stock -
Contributors to Starship 15: Nadja Abt, Tenzing Barshee, Gerry Bibby, Mercedes Bunz, Lou Cantor, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Jay Chung, Hans-Christian Dany, Helmut Draxler, Francesca Drechsler, Martin Ebner, Jana Euler, Julian Göthe, Toni Hildebrandt, Karl Holmqvist, Judith Hopf, Stephan Janitzky, Jakob Kolding, Robert McKenzie, Maria Loboda, Nick Mauss, Robert Meijer, Ariane Müller, Christopher Müller, Eileen Myles, Gunter Reski, Mandla Reuter, Cameron Rowland, Julia Scher, Mark von Schlegell, Eva Seufert, Diamond Stingily, Wolfgang Tillmans, Vera Tollmann, Haytham El-Wardany, Nicole Wermers, Amelie von Wulffen, Stephanie Wurster, Florian Zeyfang.
Editors: Nikola Dietrich, Martin Ebner, Ariane Müller, Henrik Olesen.
Layout concept: Starship and Dan Solbach.
Graphic Design: Philip Reinartz.
Cover: Gerry Bibby, Gina Folly.
Centerfold: Amelie von Wulffen.
Backcover: Martin Ebner
$15.00 - In stock -
Modeled after the famed TV sci-fi series The X-Files, The &-Files gathers together a covert body of documents following the long and often controversial career of Art & Text, one of the landmark contemporary art magazines of the 1980s and 1990s. Founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 1981 by Paul Taylor (1957–92), who soon moved to New York City to make his mark as an art critic, the magazine went on to become one of a handful of international art magazines that succeeded in capturing the turmoil and passing brilliance of that period of postmodernism.
Perceived through the eyes and ears of its longtime publisher and editor Paul Foss, The &-Files is comprised of an open letter, a lengthy interview, two questionnaires, and other commentaries and bibliographies, offering a unique insider account of the extraordinary advantages and pitfalls of publishing an art magazine.
Paul Foss is the publishing editor of the art magazines Art & Text (Melbourne, Sydney, Los Angeles, 1981–2002) and artUS (Los Angeles, 2003-ongoing). He is a renowned translator, anthologist, and author, whose publications include Island in the Stream: Myths of Place in Australian Culture.
Robert McKenzie is an Australian artist currently based in New York.
Rex Butler teaches art history at the University of Queensland, Brisbane. His published work includes Jean Baudrillard: The Defense of the Real.
Ross Chambers is Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of French and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan. His many books include Facing It: AIDS Diaries and the Death of the Author.
Simon Rees is a former curator at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, and is currently curator at the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania.
Loose-leaf collection of Y3K ephemera (folded A3 exhibition posters, plus A4 inserts), 21 x 29.7 cm
Edition of 100,
Published by Y3K / Melbourne
$25.00 - In stock -
Y3K was a two-year (2009-2011) proposition initiated by James Deutsher and Christopher L G Hill, a gallery practice as-an-extension-of an art practice and-in-support-of a wider art and design community in Melbourne and Internationally.
Over two-years Y3K exhibited World Food Books, BLESS, Christopher L.G. Hill, Emmeleine deMooij, Jota Castro, Kinga Kielczynska, Melanie Bonaj, fabrics interseason, ffiXXed, Heinz Peter Knes, James Deutsher, Matt Hinkley, Olivia Barrett, Pat Foster, Jen Berean, Rob McKenzie, SIBLING, Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Jon Campbell, LOST Projects, Alex Vivian, Daniel du Bern, Nick Selenitsch, Kain Picken, Next Wave, A Constructed World, Joshua Petherick, Helen Johnson, Bianca Hester, Misha Hollenbach, David Griggs, Sam Kiyoumarsi, Robert Langenegger, Nick Mangan, Matt Griffin, Masato Takasaka, Fiona Connor, Tahi Moore, Ida Ekblad, Art Centre Ongoing, Kit Lee, Kate Newby, Sriwhana Spong, Dylan Statham, Simon Taylor, Sophia Mitchell, Rowan Mcnaught, MM Yu. Ilia Farah Rosli, Marco Fusinato, TATE Modern, Marie Gaultier, Anna Hess, Veronica Kent, Jarrod Rawlins, Keith Al-Hasani, Ruby Lowe, Justin Clemens, Daniel Munn, Simon Denny, Dan Arps, Andrew Barber, Structural Integrity, Marco Fusinato, Rose Nolan, Dan Bell, Kate Smith, Ardi Gunawan, Nikos Pantazopoulos, Ben Tankard, Steve Kado, Virginia Overell, Mateo Tannatt, Sean Peoples, Inri Cristo, Tara Rawlins, Chateau 2F, Oscar Yanez, Hany Armanious, Ash Kilmartin, Elizabeth Gower, Lizzy Newman, Nina Sers, Maria Kozic, Ellen Pittman, Juan Davila, Janet Burchill, Jennifer McCarthy, Constanze Zikos, Hao Guo, Pow Martinez, Carissa Rodriguez, Tobias Kaspar, Piotr Łakomy, Natalie Rognsøy, Katherine Huang, Taree McKenzie, Ester Partegas, Mikala Dwyer and John Spiteri and more.
Each exhibition was accompanied by an A3 double sided unique limited edition poster designed by the artists and gallerists. These posters now form the basis for the Y3K publication.
Included in this publication, and on the occasion of it's launch to the public two years after the cessation of the Y3K gallery space, is an accompanying text from
The Y3K publication is a limited edition of 100, and is available from World Food Books.
Softcover, 186 pages (b&w ill.), 240 x 175 mm
Published by May Revue / Paris
$18.00 - In stock -
May issue 9 features: Arab Uprisings and Impersonal Images by Dork Zabunyan; From Montage to Détournement in the Situationist International by Tom McDonough; Shit Happens: The Incredible Chronicle of OWS by Antek Walczak; Alex Bag and Patterson Beckwith by Robert McKenzie; Pacific Standard Time, Art, Art in Los Angeles, 1950-1980 by Karl Holmqvist; Judith Hopf by Melanie Ohnemus; Isa Genzken by Karl Holmqvist; David Douard by Benjamin Thorel; Kenneth Goldsmith by Marwan Makki; This Way To The Cupcake Party by Carloine Busta and Amy Yao; much more...
about MAY Revue:
Conceived as a collective space in which to develop thoughts and confront positions on artistic production, May magazine examines, quaterly, contemporary art practice and theory in direct engagement with the issues, contexts and strategies that construct these two fields. An approach that could be summed up as critique at work – or as critique actively performed in text and art forms alike.
Featuring essays, interviews, art works and reviews by artists, writers and diverse practitioners of the arts, the magazine also intends to address the economy of the production of knowledge – the starting point of this reflection being the space of indistinction between information and advertisment typical of our time. This implies a dialogue with forms of critique produced in other fields.
Softcover, 12 over-sized pages (colour ill.), offset, 300 x 420 mm
Edition of 500,
Published by Sandwich Artists Management LLC / New York
$10.00 - In stock -
Sandwich is a new tabloid-sized critical art journal founded by Rob Mckenzie and designed by Joshua Petherick, as an extension of Rob's former SLAVE publishing.
Issue no. 1 includes interviews with/discussions on/contributions by Ester Partegas, David Pestorius, Willy Wonka Inc., Joint Hassles, Gambia Castle, Bless, Lukas Duwenhogger, Hany Armonious, Jack Goldstein, Gwyn Porter, Isabella Bortolozzi, Mladen Stilinovic, Janet Burchill and Jennifer McCamley, Julian Goethe, Luis Macias, The Suburban, Eva Svenning, Oreet Ashery, Texte Zur Kunst, Jacques Lacan, Michael Snachez, Lizzy Newman, and more... !!
Softcover, 174 pages (b&w ill.), 240 x 175 mm
Published by May Revue / Paris
$18.00 - In stock -
In this issue:
“I think it’s time to break off…’’
Preface (Documents sur l’art, no 2, 1993)
Interview between Olivier Zahm (of Purple) and May
Wishing to be in Paris, glad to be in Berlin or different ways to escape the 1990s
Investigation of a Party: An Interview with Roberto Ohrt
Looking the part—The Empty Plan by Anja Kirschner and David Panos
Gerard Byrne, “In San Francisco they say, “Flash on it””
Ken Okiishi, (Goodbye to) Manhattan
Richard Prince, American Prayer
Emily Sundblad, “Que Barbaro”
Henrik Olesen, The Maculate Conception
Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lung Neaws Visits His Neighbours
Kœnraad Dedobbeleer, The Duplication of Dedobbeleer
Christopher d’Archangelo, Contrary to Intuition, Let’s Begin with an Image