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.
$55.00 - In stock -
The effects and meanings of destruction are central to the work of many of our most influential artists. Since the early 1960s, artists have employed destruction to creative ends. Here destruction changes from a negative state or passive condition to a highly productive category. The destructive subversion of media imagery aims to release us from its controlling effects. The self-destructing artwork extinguishes art’s fixity as arrested form and ushers in the ephemeral and contingent "open work."
This anthology explores artworks that convey the threat of destruction an how they have disrupted the perceived integrity of built structures and institutions. Artistic acts of iconoclasm or risk to the self have raised consciousness of authoritarian oppression. More understated works explore the theme of destruction in armed conflict, media violence, and threats to the environment. These text make up the first collection to be focused systematically on destruction in modern and contemporary art.
Artists surveyed include
Ai Weiwei, John Baldessari, Monica Bonvicini, Alexander Brener, Stuart Brisley, Douglas Gordon, Huang Yong Ping, Enrique Jezik, Milan Knizak, Paul McCarthy, Piero Manzoni, Gordon Matta-Clark, Gustav Metzger, Otto Mühl, Yoko Ono, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Petr Pavlensky, William Pope.L, Walid Raad, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Carolee Schneemann, Song Dong, Jean Tinguely, Wolf Vostell
Alain Badiou, Walter Benjamin, Horst Bredekamp, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Medina Cuauthémoc, Dario Gamboni, Richard Galpin, Caleb Kelly, Bruno Latour, Sven Lütticken, Antonio Negri, Sophie O’Brien, Kristine Stiles, Jennifer Walden
About the Editor
Sven Spieker is Professor of Germanic and Slavic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and editor of ARTmargins. His books include The Big Archive: Art from Bureaucracy (MIT Press).
$75.00 - In stock -
Foreword by Anders Kreuger, essay by Irmeline Lebeer, translated transcript of conversation between Robert Filliou and Irmeline Lebeer
“The absolute secret of permanent creation: not deciding, not choosing, not wanting, not owning, aware of self, wide awake. SITTING QUIETLY DOING NOTHING.” — Robert Filliou.
Published to document the recent Filliou retrospective at M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, this book centres on the transcript of an extensive conversation between the French artist and the Brussels-based art critic Irmeline Lebeer, recorded on seven cassette tapes in August 1976 in Flayosc in Southern France. This conversation is structured as an abécédaire and touches on a variety of topics to do with Filliou’s art and thinking, from amitié (friendship) to zen. It was supposed to become an extensive monograph but was never published until now.
Robert Filliou: The Secret of Permanent Creation gives today’s reader direct insight into the mind and the practice of this extraordinary artist, whose influence on subsequent generations cannot be overestimated. Now, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, is the time to realise that Robert Filliou was one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, apart from being a significant playwright and poet. This book helps contemporary readers grasp his significance. It contains many black-and-white illustrations and colour plates of nearly all the 192 works in the exhibition at M HKA.
Designed by Sara De Bondt
Copublished with M HKA, Antwerp, and Editions Lebeer Hossmann, Brussels
Softcover, 44 pages, 25.4 X 17.8 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / good
Published by Kent Fine Art Inc. / New York
$40.00 - Out of stock
Long out of print catalogue published to accompany the exhibition "Assemblage", at Kent Fine Art, New York, May 12-July 2,1987.
Assemblage is an attempt to explore and address the development of assemblage from its beginnings in Dada, with an eye towards the future in a historical climate of developing interest in minimalism and conceptualism. Addressing the West Coast propensity to recycle emotionally-charged detritus, the works in this exhibition reveal an ongoing relevancy of the synthesized by-product, which continues to shape different artist’s personal languages. Including works by: Edward Kienholtz, Bruce Conner, Llyn Foulkes, Arman, Jean Arp, Wallace Berman, Louis Bourgeois, Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Max Erst, Eva Hesse, Ed & Nancy Keinholz, Jannis Kounellis, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg, Kurt Schwitters, Dorothea Tanning, Tom Wesselmann, and others. Works selected and compiled by D.K. Walla. Includes full page bio, plus double-page plate spread in full-colour for each artist.
First, only edition.
1970, English / German
Softcover, 300 pages, 23 x 15 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Kölnischer Kunstverein / Köln
$85.00 - Out of stock
The great "Happening & Fluxus" book, published on the occasion of the exhibition of the same name at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in 1970, curated by Harald Szeemann.
This exhaustive Fluxus document is illustrated heavily throughout and broken into two important sections : 1. Chronology 1959-1970 (a detailed cataloguing of this incredible period of happenings, actions, concerts, meals, exhibitions and any related events, illustrated with photography along with dates, locations, those involved, and reproductions of the related ephemera), 2. Bibliography 1959-1970 (again heavily illustrated with detailed cataloguing of printed material about Fluxus and related actions, artists, exhibitions, performances, as well as a detailed listing for each featured artist of their publications, writings, art editions, etc). Book includes works by Wolf Vostell, Daniel Spoerri, Nam June Paik, Tetsumi Kudo, Tadeusz Kantor, Dick Higgins, George Brecht, Allan Kaprow, Yoko Ono, Claes Oldenburg, Alison Knowles, Robert Filliou, Stanley Brouwn, Bazon Brock, Joseph Beuys, Eric Anderson, Viennese Actionists, Charlotte Moorman, Günter Brus, Emmett Williams, Ben Vautier, Carolee Schneemann, Otto Muehl, Robert Watts, Al Hansen, Henry Flynt, Philip Corner, Henning Christiansen, Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, and many more.
First major compilation of this material compiled by Harald Szeemann to accompany a now legendary exhibition.
"There is neither here nor in the exhibition, a fix-ready answer to the question: What is happening, what is Fluxus."
1996, Japanese / English
Softcover (w. inserted exhibition ephemera), 198 pages, 22 x 27 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Museum of Contemporary Art / Tokyo
$45.00 - Out of stock
Book published for the exhibition "1964: A Turning Point in Japanese Art" in 1996 at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo. The work was divided into seven categories: 'Japanese-style Paintings', 'Oil Paintings', 'Prints', 'Sculptures', 'Anti-art Trend', '#32 The Venice Biennale' and 'Reportage on the Time', all illustrated in full-colour. A chronology from 1963 to 1965, a detailed bibliography as well as checklist of the exhibition and a group of essays (in English and Japanese) are included in this publication. This copy also includes inserted ephemera from the exhibition - ticketstub, adverts, pamphlets, guides, etc.
Includes work by Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Tadanori Yokoo, Ay-o, Nobuaki Kojima, Genpei Akasegawa, Tomio Miki, Kikuko Morimoto, Koichi Tateishi, Toshinobu Onosato, Yoshishige Saito, Taro Okamoto, Sadamasa Motonaga, Yuki Katsyra, Jiro Yoshihara, Saburo Aso, Kumi Sagai, Kazuo Shiraga, Masaaki Yamada, Tadaaki Kuwayama, Atsuko Tanaka, Minami Tada, Yoshikuni Iida, Bukichi Inoue, Shu Eguchi, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Matsuzawa Yutaka, Shinjiro Okamoto, Shusaku Arakawa, Yukihisa Isobe, Akira Shimizu, Jiro Takamatsu, and many more.
'This exhibition spotlights the year of the Tokyo Olympics, 1964, bringing back the art scene of that year in the museum galleries. Many previous exhibitions have shown how important the decade of the sixties was for the development of postwar art. [...] We have chosen to focus on 1964 as a significant dividing line between the first and second half of this fruitful decade. While there are few precedents fro an exhibition concentrating on a single year, we felt that an objective examination of a limited period could give a more precise picture of the art of that time and the ways in which it was related to social changes. There were not many art events directly related to the Tokyo Olympics, especially when compared to the international exposition held in Osaka in 1970. However, the many art movements and ideas which emerged that year had an extremely important effect on things to come. In this exhibition, we show how the year of the Tokyo Olympics, that great landmark of postwar history, was also a turning point in the art history of this country and we present a comprehensive view of the art produced that year. [...]' (Foreword by Kamon Yasuo)
Softcover, 150 pages, 22 x 24 cm
1st Edition, out of print title / Used*,
Published by Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum / Tokyo
$90.00 - In stock -
Great book published on the occasion of the exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in 1983.
Illustrated throughout in colour and black and white with examples of leading firgure in 1960s Japanese art scene, across themes and movements such as Gutai, Mono-ha, Pop, Fluxus, Dada, conceptual art and much more, including profiles on Tetsumi Kudo, Yukihisa Isobe, Ushio Shinohara, Shusaku Arakawa, Takami Sakurai, Yoshio Murakami, Hisashi Indo, Tomio Miki, Nobuaki Kojima, Jiro Takamatsu, Genpei Akasegawa, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Koichi Tateishi, Hiroshi Nakamura, Koichi Tanikawa, Kei Hiraga, Ay-o, Tadanori Yokoo, Tasuo Ikeda, Tetsuro Komai, Hideo Hagiwara, Fumiaki Fukita, Yukio Fukazawa, Arinori Ichihara, Masuo Ikeda, Mitsuo Kano, Hideo Yoshihara, Tetsuya Noda, Bushiro Mouri, Saburo Muraoka, Shu Eguchi, Hisayuki Mogami, Ryokichi Mukai, Yoshikuni Iida, Bukichi Inoue, Isamu Wakabayashi, Masakazu Horiuchi, Kakuzo Tatehata, Haruhiko Yasuda, Moio Shinoda, Katsuhiro Yamaguchi, Masunobu Yoshimura, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Minami Tada, Aiko Miyawaki, Nobuo Sekine, Takeo Yamaguchi, Masanari Murai, Toshinobu Onosato, Yoshishige Saito, Minoru Kawabata, Kumi Sugai, Yayoi Kusama, On Kawara, Keiji Usami, Takahiko Iimura.
Texts in Japanese.
1982, English / Japanese / Italian / French
Softcover (w. wax dust jacket), 128 pages, 21 x 29 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by The Japan Foundation / Tokyo
$90.00 - In stock -
Great Japanese catalogue published in 1982 to accompany a major group exhibition that brought together the work of 5 Western artists (Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren, Dan Graham, Bruce Mclean, and Giulio Paolini), for a major group show held at the Laforet Museum, Tokyo and The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum ; organized by The Japan Foundation and The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Laforet Harajuku. Each artist has many pages of work reproduced in black and white, accompanied by artists' statements, essays on each artist, and artists' biographies, in English, Japanese, Italian and French. First edition, wrapped in printed wax paper dust-jacket.
$80.00 - In stock -
Wonderful, uncommon monographic catalogue on the work of Joseph Beuys, published to accompany a large Japanese exhibition at The Seibu Museum of Art in 1984.
Heavily illustrated throughout with colour and black/white examples of Beuys diverse works, including his many installations, sculptures, performances, editions, drawings, paintings, etc., dating from the mid-1940s to the year the book was published (1984). Includes texts in Japanese, with contributors texts from Nam June Paik and Dr. Gotz Adriani, in English, Japanese and German.
Also features extensive catalogue of works, and biography.
Joseph Beuys (12 May 1921 – 23 January 1986) was a German Fluxus, happening, and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist, and pedagogue.
His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his "extended definition of art" and the idea of social sculpture as a gesamtkunstwerk, for which he claimed a creative, participatory role in shaping society and politics. His career was characterized by passionate and only rarely acrimonious open public debates on a very wide range of subjects including political, environmental, social and long term cultural trends. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century.
Hardcover, 366 pages, 22.5 x 31 cm
1st German edition, Out of print title / used / very good,
Published by Hatje Cantz / Berlin
$70.00 - Out of stock