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
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World Food Books
PO Box 435
Theory / Essay
Architecture / Interior
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.
2011, English / Japanese
Softcover, 176 pages, 23 x 25 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / good
Published by The National Museum of Modern Art / Tokyo
$38.00 - In stock -
Great retrospective monographic catalogue on the work and life of Tarō Okamoto, published on the occasion of the major exhibition "Tarō Okamoto - The 100th Anniversary of His Birth", March 8 - May 8, 2011, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.
Tarō Okamoto (岡本 太郎 Okamoto Tarō, February 26, 1911 – January 7, 1996) was a Japanese artist noted for his abstract and avant-garde paintings and sculpture. He studied at Panthéon-Sorbonne in the 1930s, and created many works of art after World War II. He was a prolific artist and writer until his death. Among the artists Okamoto associated with during his stay in Paris were André Breton (1896–1966), the leader of Surrealism, and Kurt Seligmann (1900–62), a Swiss Surrealist artist, who was the Surrealists' authority on magic and who met Okamoto's parents, Ippei and Kanoko Okamoto, during a trip to Japan in 1936. Okamoto also associated with Pablo Picasso, Man Ray, Robert Capa and Capa's partner, Gerda Taro, who adopted Okamoto's first name as her last name.
Okamoto's prolific work throughout Japan (from large public commissions to exhibitions) were rooted in his deep interest and research on the mysteries of Japan, sparked by a visit he made to the Tokyo National Museum. After having become intrigued by the Jōmon wares he found there, he journeyed all over Japan in order to research what he perceived as the mystery which lies beneath Japanese culture, and then he published Nihon Sai-hakken－Geijutsu Fudoki (Rediscovery of the Japan－Topography of Art).
One of his most famous works, Tower of the Sun, became the symbol of Expo '70 in Suita, Osaka, 1970. It shows the past (lower part), present (middle part), and future (the face) of the human race. It still stands in the center of the Expo Memorial Park.
After being lost for 30 years in Mexico, on November 17, 2008, his mural "The Myth of Tomorrow" (明日の神話 asu no shinwa), depicting the effects of an atomic bomb, was unveiled in its new permanent location at Shibuya Station, Tokyo. In it, a human figure burns and others appear to run from flames. The work was made for the Hotel de Mexico in Mexico city by Manuel Suarez y Suarez.
Kawasaki, his hometown, has constructed the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art in Tama Ward, northwest of the city. His studio/home in Aoyama, Tokyo, is also open to visitors today.
Softcover, 96 pages, 23 x 25 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by ? / Japan
$75.00 - In stock -
Great Jean Cocteau catalogue, published in Japan in 1975 on the occasion of a major exhibition of his work.
Rarely seen and very curious Cocteau catalogue, features a wonderful selection of large colour and black and white reproductions of his drawings, paintings, ceramics, and sculptures, along with photographic portraits, texts, biography and bibliography. Texts in Japanese.
"Jean Maurice Eugène Clément Cocteau (French, 5 July 1889 – 11 October 1963) was a French writer, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Cocteau is best known for his novel Les Enfants Terribles (1929), and the films The Blood of a Poet (1930), Les Parents Terribles (1948), Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orpheus (1949). His circle of associates, friends and lovers included Kenneth Anger, Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Jean Hugo, Jean Marais, Henri Bernstein, Yul Brynner, Marlene Dietrich, Coco Chanel, Erik Satie, Albert Gleizes, Igor Stravinsky, Marie Laurencin, María Félix, Édith Piaf, Panama Al Brown, Colette, Jean Genet, and Raymond Radiguet."
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 210 pages, 24.5 x 26.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Studio Vista / London
$60.00 - In stock -
Major overview of international Jewellery practices from 1945-1975, published in 1976 by the great Studio Vista, London. Alongside artists' statements/profiles spreads that include many examples of their work (in colour and b/w), this hardcover volume features many major texts on contemporary jewellery at the height of a resurgence of jewellery as an art form in the mid-1970s. There are also chapters on museums and public galleries that exhibit jewellery, as well as commercial galleries and private collections of the time, a further reading list, index and much more.
" ... a major survey of recent and contemporary developments (in jewellery), presenting the broad span of this innovative work in over 400 superb illustrations ..."
Includes the work of Wendy Ramshaw, Barry Merritt, Robert Smit, Bruno Martinazzi, Margaret De Patta, John Penderleith, Alexander Calder, Susanna Heron, André Derain, Gijs Bakker, Marc Camille Chaimowitz, Claus Bury – to name but a few.
$65.00 - In stock -
Tom Humphreys—Plates is an artist’s book documenting works produced between 2009 and 2016 using industrially manufactured plates as a support medium. This extensive volume reproduces four hundred and twenty works from this series at a one-to-one scale, in precisely rendered photographs.
The surfaces of the plates incorporate painted glazes and ceramic transfers that are applied by the artist before the plates are refired in a kiln. Imagery is hand-drawn or applied using transfers that incorporate the artist’s own photography and generic found material. Like a sketch, each work results from a simple gesture. With silhouettes and scenes from everyday life, the plates play with innumerable combinations of image and subject matter. Joining artisanal craft and digital production, the works conflate the banality of a collection of objects without pedigree with the ambition of the collection itself, further exploring the politics of art production, presentation, and consumption.
The book follows the exhibition “Under the Wing” at the independent art space Forde in Geneva (February 19–March 26, 2017), curated by Nicolas Brühlart and Sylvain Menétrey. The illustrated works have been included in many other exhibitions, including “Over you / you,” 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, 2015; “Warm Math,” Balice Hertling, New York, 2014; “Casa Particular,” Rob Tufnell, London, 2014; “Holes” (with Lucie Stahl), What Pipeline, Detroit, 2013; “Chez Michel,” Dingum, Berlin, 2013; “Vertical Club,” Bortalami Gallery, New York, 2013; and “Flaca – Tom Humphreys,” Portikus, Frankfurt am Main, 2011.
Design by Tom Humphreys and Dan Solbach
Edition of 500 copies.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 400 pages, 24.2 x 29 cm
Published by Prestel / Munich
$130.00 - In stock -
The incredible, comprehensive Koloman Moser reference book!
During his short career, Koloman Moser became a towering figure in Viennese culture. His varied work in interior and graphic design, furniture, textiles, jewellery, metalwork, glass and earthenware helped usher in the modern era.
This book surveys the entirety of Moser's oeuvre. It examines his work as a graphic designer and his involvement with the Vienna Secession, with special focus given to his role as an illustrator for the journal Ver Sacrum (Sacred Spring). Moser's forays into textile design and ceramic work are also introduced. The book features his designs for the Vienna Secession, Thonet Brothers and the Mautner family, among others that characterise his early modern style. The book also explores Moser's seminal role as a founding member of the Vienna Workshops, along with architect Josef Hoffman and patron Fritz Waerndorfer. Included are many reproductions of Moser's masterpieces, including the window of the Steinhof Chapel, his exhibition posters, postage stamps and currency and elegant samples from his design portfolio, "The Source."
2015, English / German
Softcover, 216 pages (colour ill.), 31 x 24.5 cm
Published by Walther König / Köln
$70.00 - In stock -
In a career spanning more than 30 years, encompassing such internationally renowned exhibition events as documenta (1997 and 2012) as well as the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1999), and which has led the way to the world’s major museums, the artist has succeeded in creating new work complexes, objects and images that are continually surprising.
There had already been a great furor in the 1980s surrounding the reception of her wool works, machine knitted woolen fabrics attached to stretchers and then displayed as pictures. In a second group of works she assembled ordinary hotplates on shiny, white, enameled metal panels.
Objects with gender specific connotations were again re-contextualized, as had already occurred in the knitted pictures. These abstract works mainly originate from the 1990s and were the ones that secured Trockel’s place in the history of 20th century art.
This catalogue contains contributions by Johanna Burton, Yilmaz Dziewior, and Beate Söntgen that shed light on Trockel's art historical significance as well as her position in contemporary art. In his contribution, the American artist and author Sam Pulitzer takes an unconventional look at the work of Rosemarie Trockel.
Published for the exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, 24 January – 6 April 2015.
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1995, English / Japanese
Softcover (w. card slipcase and printed sticker), 159 pages (140 ill.), 26 x 18 cm
1st Japanese Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Sezon Museum of Art / Tokyo
$110.00 - In stock -
Published in conjunction with the 1995 touring Japanese Museum retrospective of work by the pioneering late artist/ceramicist Peter Voulkos, this is the beautifully designed and printed first-edition Japanese catalogue from the Sezon Museum of Art, Tokyo (Jan 2 - Feb 20, 1995) and The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. (Feb 28 - April 2, 1995), which comes housed in an elegant printed cardboard slipcase. A very rare volume, and in our opinion the most stunning of books on the work of Peter Voulkos.
Profusely illustrated with wonderful colour photo documentation of his many works, accompanied by an essay by Rose Slivka.
In 1954, Voulkos founded the Ceramic Center at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, which gave birth to the West Coast Abstract Expressionist ceramics movement. He later became a highly influential educator at UC Berkeley while continuing a vital career that included work in bronze sculpture and wood-fired stoneware.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 120 pages, 28.8 x 22.4 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by University of Washington Press / Washington
$20.00 - In stock -
Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova have spent almost fifty years refining the art of casting large sculptures made of delicately colored glass. Their achievements have won them a place among the leading artists working in their medium. The Inner Light gives special prominence to the most recent work of this celebrated team. Libensky and Brychtova have mastered the complex technical and aesthetic demands of glass, using the material's unique properties to create works on a par with the best of modern sculpture. Their work uses changes in surface treatment, the dynamics of intersecting planes, and the presence of voids within the sculptures to control the way light is held, transmuted, and radiated in the presence of the observer. Robert Kehlmann places their aesthetic in the context of the Czech intellectual and artistic climate that played an important formative role in their development, with particular attention to the influence of Czech cubism. His essay takes a close look at their latest body of work, which utilizes monumental forms to probe issues relating to life, death, and the afterlife. Two interviews provide further insight into Libensky and Brychtova's creative process. Kehlmann's conversation with art historian Jiri Setlik, a close friend of the artists, gives a personal perspective on their work. Setlik is vice-director of the Academy of Arts, Architecture, and Design, Prague, and has written extensively about Libensky and Brychtova's work. A lively interview with the artists themselves provides yet a fuller sense of the collaborative process behind their luminous and mysterious sculptures. Robert Kehlmann is an artist and critic who lives and works in Berkeley, California. He has published widely on the subject of glass art and is the author of Twentieth Century Stained Glass: A New Definition. His own glass art has been featured in many exhibits and publications.
$120.00 - Out of stock
First edition, published in 1980 by Edizioni Condé Nast / Casa Vogue (Milan), of this little known furniture book, edited by Casa Vogue editor Isa Vercelloni, who brought us the 1985 classic “Styles of Living: The Best of Casa Vogue”.
This fantastic hardcover book, the first in Casa Vogue's book library, is dedicated entirely to showcasing furniture by (amongst many other deisgners) Aldo Rossi, Gaetano Pesce, Andrea Branzi, Ettore Sottsass, Afra and Tobia Scarpa, Toshiyuki Kita, Achille Castiglioni, Alchimia, Paolo Nava, Antonio Citterio, Enzo Mari, Alessandro Mendini, B&B Italia, Cassina, Flos, Poltronova, Vico Magistretti, Artemide, Stilnovo, Mario Bellini, Josef Hoffman, Studio Driade, Poltronova, Carlo Scarpa, Gae Aulenti, Angelo Mangiarotti, Eileen Grey, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Gerrit T. Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, , Pierre Jeanneret, C&B Italia, Mario Ceroli, Cini Boeri, Arflex, Zanotta, Superstudio, Archizoom, Knoll, Meret Oppenheim, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Jonathan de Pas, De. Pas + D'urbino + Lomazzi, Donato d'Urbino, Paolo Lomazzi, Gufram, Giani Ruffi, Piero Gilardi, Joe Columbo, Sergio Asti, Hans Hollein...
Scarce, wonderfully compiled Italian title of 1970's-1980's furniture design and its influences.
1990, English / German / Italian
Softcover, 88 pages, 24 x 29 cm
Signed, 1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Ikon Galerie / Frankfurt am Main
$850.00 - In stock -
Ettore Sottsass signed copy of this incredibly scarce, unique publication from 1990. "Ettore Sottsass : Drawings over 4 decades / Zeichnungen aus 4 Jahrzehnten" was published by Ikon Galerie fur Design-Zeichnungen (Frankfurt am Main), reproducing sketches for furniture, glass, ceramic, jewellery, lighting, interior and architectural projects by influential Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass (14 September 1917 – 31 December 2007), which are interspersed throughout the text design of this catalogue, which includes a lively interview by Rainer Krause with the artist (a founder of the highly influential Memphis group and Sottsass Associati, as well as designer with Alchimia, Alessi, Olivetti, Arredoluce, Poltronova, Fiorucci, Esprit, Knoll, and many others), text by fellow collaborator and architect/designer/artist Andrea Branzi, and Sottsass's lengthy informal essay presenting his personal view of the sociological significance of the chair.
All texts are in both English and German, with interview also in Italian.
This special copy has been signed by the designer with "Sottsass" across the title page in black pen. A super collectable copy of this already very rare and special book on one of the world's most influential designers and visionaries.
Softcover, 96 pages, 17 x 19 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Rivages / Paris
$45.00 - In stock -
Small French monograph on the life and work of Italian designer and architect, Ettore Sottsass. First Edition. Illustrated throughout in black and white and colour with his work across furniture, glass, ceramic, jewellery, lighting, interior and architectural projects. Ettore Sottsass (14 September 1917 – 31 December 2007) was a founder of the highly influential Memphis group and Sottsass Associati, as well as designer with Alchimia, Alessi, Olivetti, Arredoluce, Poltronova, Fiorucci, Esprit, Knoll, and many others. All texts in French.
Softcover (w. dust jacket and obi-strip), 192 pages, 15 x 22.2 cm
Published by Pie Books / Tokyo
$40.00 - In stock -
Fujiwo Ishimoto is a Japanese texitile and ceramic designer who has been living in Helsinki, Finland for over 40 years. He first worked for the company Decembre, set up by Ristomatti Ratia, son of Marimekko's founders Armi and Viljo Ratia. Ishimoto switched over to Marimekko in 1974. His highly personal style gave Marimekko a boost during the 1970s and 1980s with more mature and abstract designs than the playful 1960s styles which first had made Marimekko famous. Inspired by traditional Asian art and culture but also by Finnish traditions and nature, Ishimoto has continued to reinvent himself. In total, he has made over 300 designs for Marimekko. Besides his work for Marimekko, he also creates unique ceramic works in the Arabia Art Department since 1989. In recognition of Ishimoto's nearly four decades of meritorious work in Finland and his valuable contribution to promoting awareness of Finnish design abroad (especially in his native Japan), he received the Pro Finlandia Medal awarded by the President of Finland in 2011.
This book was published for his exhibition in Tokyo in December 2012. Most of the contents are his textile and ceramic works but the photographs of his relative places and interviews are included. This is a title for designers, textile or ceramic lovers, and those who are interested in Finnish designs. Even those who do not know Ishimoto will enjoy and be inspired by the book.
2001, Finnish / Swedish / English
Softcover, 192 pages, 21 x 25 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Marimekko Oyj
$85.00 - Out of stock
Published on the occasion of textile and ceramic designer Fujiwo Ishimoto's exhibition On the Road at the Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, 23 August - 7 October 2001.
Ishimoto moved to Finland from Japan in 1970 and has lived there ever since. He first worked for the company Decembre, set up by Ristomatti Ratia, son of Marimekko's founders Armi and Viljo Ratia. Ishimoto switched over to Marimekko in 1974. His highly personal style gave Marimekko a boost during the 1970s and 1980s with more mature and abstract designs than the playful 1960s styles which first had made Marimekko famous. Inspired by traditional Asian art and culture but also by Finnish traditions and nature, Ishimoto has continued to reinvent himself.
In total, he has made over 300 designs for Marimekko. Besides his work for Marimekko, he also creates unique ceramic works and was recently the subject of a large retrospective exhibition in Helsinki, of which this (now very rare) book is the accompanying publication. It is the most in-depth look at the work of Fujiwo Ishimoto to date.
Softcover, 194 pages, 21 x 29 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by LIP / Melbourne
$50.00 - Out of stock
The incredible book-sized 1978-79 edition of Melbourne's great LIP journal. Published out of Carlton between 1976-1984, LIP encapsulated Australian feminist artistic practice of the period, publishing articles and interviews by women on women in film, sound, theatre, painting, photography, poetry, criticism, activism, journalism, publishing, sculpture, design, education, and much more.
In this issue: Art Sense and Sensibility: Women's Art and Feminist Criticism - Janine Burke; Aboriginal Women: Ritual and Culture - Diane Bell interviewed by Lesley Dumbrell; Map of Transition: Performance - Jillian Orr; Jane Sutherland - Frances Lindsay; Sybil Craig - Mary Eagle; Make Your Own Teaset - Mary Newsome; Women's Images of Women - Barbara Hall; In Search of Old Mistresses - Patricia Symons; Women Ceramacists; Olive Bishop interviewed by Julie Ewington; Margaret Dodd Talking with Julie Ewington; Lorrain Jenyns; Wendy Stavrianos interviewed by Pauline Petrus; The Development of a Political View: A Conversation Between Two Women Artists - Jennifer Barwell and Vivienne Binns; Micky Allan interviewed by Suzanne Davies; Photographs -
Jacqueline Mitelman; From the Ground Up - Photographs - Virginia Coventry; Survey of Women's Art Theory Courses and Feminine Sensibility - Janine Burke; The Women's Art Register Extension Project - Bonita Ely; Sisterhood ― For Whom? Jude Adams and Jenny Barber; Posters by Women in the Earthworks Poster Collective; Film - Margaret Fink and Her Brilliant Career - Frida Freiberg; Following My Star - Elsa Chauvel; Monique Schwarz interviewed by Christine Johnston; A Dialogue between Toni Robertson, a Feminist Poster Maker, and Jeni Thornley, a Feminist Film-maker; Nina Claditz interviewed by Annette Blonski; Introducing Helmer Sanders - Frida Freiberg; Reviews: Shopping in Hearbreak Arcade - Meredith Nolte; Me and Daphne - Linda Rubinstein; Feminine Focus at the Festival - Frida Freiberg; Supplement: Australian Women in Music - Australian Women in Music - Terry Radic; Margaret Sutherland - Helen Coles; May Brahe: Composer - Mimi Colligan; Dr. Ruby Davy - Silvia O’Toole; Four Women Composers: Helen Gifford, Ann Boyd, Ann Carr-Boyd and Peggy Glanville-Hicks - Marcia Ruff; Esther Rofe interviewed by Pauline Petrus; Talking with Linda Phillips by Kerry Murphy; Mary Nemet interviewed by Jeanette Fenelon; The Women's Electric Band interviewed by Jeannette Fenelon; Robyn Archer interviewed by Jeannette Fenelon; The Shameless Hussie A.C.R.; Jane Clifton and Celeste Howden interviewed by Jeannette Fenelon; Janie Conway and Marnie Sheehan - Virginia Fraser; Theatre - The Women's Theatre Group: A Selection of Scripts, Interviews and Comments Kerry Dwyer, Jenny Walsh and Suzanne Spunner; Roma: A One Woman Play - Jan Macdonald and the Roma cast; Tongue to Lip - Valerie Kirwan; And Women Must Wait: Savage Sepia - Suzanne Spunner; Dance and Movement - Marilyn Jones interviewed by Roseanne Hull-Brown; Betty Pounder interviewed by Roseanne Hull-Brown; Yum Wing Chun: Never Underestimate the Power of a Woman - Karen Armstrong; Media - An Open Letter - Shere Hite; Feminism and Publishing: Interviews with Women Publishers - Cathy Peake; Two Early Melbourne Journalists - Lurline Stewart; Sydney Women Writers’ Workshop - Anna Couani and Pamela Brown; The Australian Women's Weekly ― The Case of the Bald Cockatoo - Cathy Peake, Maree Conway and Sue Parvaris.
LIP Collective members: Annette Blonski, Janine Burke, Isabel Davies, Suzanne Davies, Lesley Dumbrell, Jeannette Fenelon, Freda Freiberg, Christine Johnston, Elizabeth Owen, Cathy Peake, Meredith Rogers, Suzanne Spunner, Lynne Wilkinson.
Softcover (spiral bound), 28 pages (colour and b&w ill.), 280 x 210 mm
Published by Frank Lloyd Gallery / Los Angeles
$55.00 - Out of stock
This spiral-bound twenty-eight page catalogue was published to accompany Peter Shire's solo exhibition at the Frank Lloyd Gallery October 20 through November 24, 2007. The catalogue includes sixteen colour plates of Shire's playful, sculptural chairs, as well as an introduction and artist interview conducted by Frank Lloyd.
Softcover, 40 pages (colour and b&w ill.), 280 x 210 mm
Published by Chouinard Foundation / South Pasadena
$55.00 - Out of stock
Publication to accompany the exhibition "Teapots of Steel" by Los Angeles artist Peter Shire, curated by Gary Wong for Chouinard Foundation in South Pasadena, 2005. Profusely illustrated throughout in colour and black and white of rarely seen sculptural works and drawings by Shire.
Softcover, 54 pages (colour and b&w ill.), 280 x 210 mm
Published by Tobey C. Moss Gallery / Los Angeles
$35.00 - Out of stock
Catalogue from the exhibition "Fantasies Imaginings Drawings Sculpture" at Tobey C Moss Gallery, Los Angeles 2006. Profusely illustrated throughout with rarely seen large-scale public works, facades, sculptures, drawings and paintings by Shire.
2015, English / Dutch
Hardcover, 100 pages, 19 x 25 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / As New,
Published by Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen / Rotterdam
$150.00 - Out of stock
Beautifully produced and scarcely seen catalogue published on the occasion of Californian artist Ron Nagle's first solo exhibition in the Netherlands at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in 2015, Chewing Gum Monuments.
In Chewing Gum Monuments, Nagle created an installation with more than 20 new sculptures and a series of recent drawings. The works combine the perfection that comes with 40 years of experience with the immediacy of a well-composed song. All works in the exhibition are reproduced throughout this book in full-colour, large reproductions.
Although small in size, Nagle’s objects have a monumental presence. Since the 1970s he has worked on an idiosyncratic oeuvre that helped to propel traditional studio ceramics into the arena of fine art. He has united two seemingly irreconcilable worlds: abstraction and the traditional cup form.
Nagle uses a carefully chosen palette of paints and glazes, which are meticulously applied, often in several layers. The finish matches the transcendent beauty of 16th-century Momoyama ceramics even if the day-glo accents and matte spray paints reinforce the objects’ contemporary character. Nagle’s roots are in California’s hot-rod culture and his attraction to the “Finish Fetishism” of the West Coast art scene.
In addition to the sculptures, the museum also exhibited several of Nagle’s drawings. In recent years drawing has become a substantial part of his artistic practice. The direct expression afforded by drawing inspires him to explore new directions. Nagle makes the drawings in the evening, after a day of working in the ceramic studio, while watching endless reruns of his favourite Charlie Chan episodes. The iterative act induces a state of peripheral cognition in which the drawings “flow” automatically. Nagle considers these drawings flat sculptures in which the black lines of the graphite, the cloudy white paint and the gold glimmers express an instant beauty: the quality he strives for in his three-dimensional work. These works are also reproduced in full here.
Also includes texts, biography and bibliography.
Softcover, 84 pages, 20 x 23 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used* ,
Published by Mills College Art Gallery / Oakland
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Lavishly illustrated with colour photography of Ron Nagle's ceramic work from 1958 to 1993, this now scarce monographic catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition "Ron Nagle - A Survey Exhibition: 1958 - 1993" at Mills College Art Gallery, Oakland in 1993. Catalogue Essay by Michael McTwigan. Nagle has been described as "One of the most sophisticated sculptors to emerge on the West Coast." He has been recognized as a master colorist and pioneer in the development of low-fire ceramics and multiple glazing techniques.
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Adrian Saxe, the contemporary Californian ceramist, takes his inspiration from such diverse sources as Chinese bronzes, French porcelain garnitures and American pop culture, to produce pieces which are astonishing and entertaining technical tours de force. Their sumptuous glazes, richly ornate materials and elegant forms are leavened with refreshing doses of humour and post-modernist references to numerous art-historical traditions. A Chinese ritual vessel is topped by a high-heeled shoe; a gilded gourd-shaped jar sprouts Mickey Mouse ears complete with sparkling earstud; an aubergine mutates into a teapot. Occasioned by the 50th birthday of the artist, "The Clay Art of Adrian Saxe" is an survey of his achievement featuring 85 works, many photographed from several angles with enlarged colour views. Authoritative commentary is provided by Martha Drexler Lynn and Jim Collins of Notre Dame University.
In a 1993 review of Saxe's work, art critic Christopher Knight wrote:
“With outrageous humor and unspeakable beauty, he makes intensely seductive objects that exploit traditional anthropomorphic qualities associated with ceramics. Having pressed the question of the utility of his own art in a post-industrial world, his work engages us in a dialogue about