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.
Softcover, 100 pages, 26 x 36.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Camera Mainichi & The Mainichi Graphic / Japan
$160.00 - In stock -
"One of the most important Japanese photobooks ever published" - Kaneko & Vartanian, "Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s".
A first edition of this famous colour and b&w nude photo-book by the extraordinary Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama. This over-sized book collects an iconic group of Shinoyama's early nude photographs including "Death Valley", "Twin", "Brown Lily", "Maki & Sinatra", "Phantom" and "Tokyo Fairy".
In 1970, his exhibition NUDE - Kishin Shinoyama, which focused around his work in Death Valley, drew great attention and praise for its challenging images of the female form, and the fame of ‘Shinoyama of the Nudes’ was assured. Beautifully reproduced in here for the first time in 1970, Shinoyama's Nude continues to be one of the most influential photo books published.
"Chapters focus either on a particular model or set of models identified by name or the exploration of a particular theme. Within this context, Shinoyama's choice of nude poignantly balances a personal and private exploration with the public realm... Shinoyama totally changed the look of the nude model, until then generally a large-chested woman with curvy hips. Instead, Shinoyama photographed a variety of regular girls... Compared to Hosoe's nudes in "Man and woman", Shinoyama's images are very corporeal, reminiscent of Araki's photographs of his wife Yoko. While "28 Girls" broke sharply from the traditional treatment of the nude as an ideal of beauty, it had a pop feeling and very image-based sensibility. Shinoyama took this idea to an extreme in "Nude". In the section "Death Valley." shot in the wide-open vistas of America's desert land, a terrain with a scope inconceivable in Japan, he eschews all narrative structure in a totally image-driven body of photography. The strong light and Shinoyama's framing made the ground's surface resemble the surface of the moon - a moon populated by nude women. In "Phantom," special effects adulterate the color photography, using the nude to address a near-future vision of the city. "Tokyo Fairy" plays with "visual scandal," placing nudes within everyday scenes." -- Kaneko & Vartanian, Japanese Photobooks of the 1960s and 70s, p102-107
Kishin Shinoyama was born in 1940, in Tokyo, Japan. He embarked on his career while studying in the Department of Photography at Nippon University, and was awarded the Advertising Photographer’s Association prize, among others. After being employed at the Light Publicity advertising company, he started to work as a freelance photographer in 1968. His work is acclaimed for the portraits of the most famous celebrities of our day and age, such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Rie Miyazawa, and other major personalities. In his “Gekisha” and “Shinorama” series, he carries on capturing the times using new forms of expression and new technologies. He is also an exponent of solarization and has used it to challenge preconceived ideas of beauty and the nude.
1988, English / Japanese
Softcover, 132 pages, 297 x 39.4 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Chronicle Books / San Francisco
$140.00 - Out of stock
The Japanese word sonomama means in a natural state or just as you are. To create this book, Taishi Hirokawa, the internationally-renowned photographer, traveled throughout the Japanese countryside to photograph ordinary people in the creations of some of the world's top fashion designers: shopkeepers, fishermen, schoolchildren, & farmers, modeling bold, stylish outfits by Issay Miyake, Comme de Garcon, Yohji Yamamoto and others. A stunning and unique book of unconventional fashion photography, resulting in dramatic duotone images that strip away the artifice & the image-creating power of the clothing & draw attention to the people themselves.
Softcover, 255 pages (196 colour and 300 b/w ill.), 18.5 x 25 cm
1st edition, Out of print title / used*,
Published by Sternberg Press / Berlin
$200.00 - In stock -
Celebrating Ten Years of Themelessness: N° 00 – N° 29
Desiree Heiss, Ines Kaag, Manuel Raeder (Eds.)
Texts by Thimo te Duits, Elein Fleiss, Nakako Hayashi, Stéphanie Moisdon, Ulf Poschardt, Pro qm, Adriano Sack, Barbara Steiner, Olivier Zahm
Interviews by Manuel Raeder with Nobuyoshi Tamura Shihan and by Jan Winkelmann with Bless
The now very sought-after, scarce, encyclopedic, ten-year survey monograph of Berlin's famed BLESS. Sternberg Press have published two "catalogue raisonné" volumes documenting the oeuvre of Bless, this being the first, long out-of-print volume, designed by Manuel Raeder and published in 2006, documenting everything from their beginnings in the late 1990's up until 2006.
Bless came to fame in the winter of ‘97/‘98, when the models of a Martin Margiela fashion show wore Bless wigs made out of fur. Heralded as one of fashion’s most innovative designers, the Paris and Berlin-based duo (Desiree Heiss and Ines Kaag) quickly refused to capitalize on one milieu. Constantly investigating the boundaries of style, Bless slides from fashion to beauty, interior decoration to art exhibition, collaboration with other brands to stylized advertising. Their production, which sits on the fine line between art object and design, high function and high fashion, is always unique and marked by the recycling and adaptation of unexpected items put to use in a totally new way. Objects such as customizable footwear, disposable T-shirts, chair covers, table mobiles, cable jewellery, and wallpapers, but also an “extended hotel service” range among the many products that have resulted from their manipulations of a garment or piece of furniture.
For author Barbara Steiner, “by addressing the fields of both fashion and art, including the overlapping zones, and once again confounding any attempt at classification, Bless reveals the contradictions and conflicts that underlie economic and artistic interests, and above all their reciprocal relationship. Ambiguity, contingency and instability become the constituents of a practice that is based on multiple focal points as a means of probing possibilities of external versus self-determination, commercial success versus critical reflection and incorporation versus resistance.”
Designed by Manuel Raeder, this fully illustrated book features for the first time the wide range of Bless’ activity and documents a unique mode of cultural production.
Bless have exhibited internationally at the 1st berlin biennale (1998/99), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1999), Centre Pompidou (2000), Manifesta 4 (2002), Palais de Tokyo (2003), Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2004), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (2003), Goethe-Institut, Tokyo (2005), and most recently at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2006). Their collaborations with other brands range from Adidas to Levi’s, Nike, Mikli and Droog over to the jewellery designer Bucherer.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 249 pages, 28.2 x 18.5 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by New York University Press / New York
$140.00 - In stock -
One of the great artist monographic books.
Eva Hesse (January 11, 1936 - May 29, 1970), was a German-born American sculptor, known for her pioneering work in materials such as latex, fiberglass, and plastics. "As Lippard points out, Hesse's use of obsessive repetition in her works served to increase and exaggerate the absurdity she saw in her life. In many ways, her works were "psychic models," as Robert Smithson has said, of "a very interior person." In pioneering the use of "soft" materials, her sculptures betrayed her awareness of the manner in which her experience as a woman altered her art and career. Although she died before feminism affected the art world to any great extent, her major works have since become talismans for succeeding generations of women artists.
Eva Hesse was designed by Hesse's friends and colleagues Sol LeWitt and Pat Stier; her sculptures, drawings, and paintings are reproduced throughout the entire book and discussed; and the text includes numerous quotations from her diaries."
Long out-of-print, this classic text is both an insightful critical analysis and a tribute to an artist whose genius has become increasingly apparent with the passage of time.
Rare hardcover first edition of this wonderful book.
Ex-library, but only a couple of minor stamps suggest this, otherwise a very handsome, clean copy throughout, with dust jacket in great condition.
Softcover, 32 pages, 15 x 10 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Phillipp Reclam / Stuttgart
$20.00 - In stock -
Robert Morris "Felt Piece", from the Phillipp Reclam (Stuttgart) pocket-book series on individual artworks. Text in German by Walter Kambartel with illustrated section of Morris' works, alongside works by Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Walter de Maria, Constantin Brancusi, David Smith, Marcel Duchamp, John McCracken, Frank Stella, Jackson Pollock, and Allan Kaprow.
First edition, very good copy.
Hardcover (w. dustjacket), 25 x 33 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Love Me Tender / Paris
$220.00 - In stock -
The very sought after, first and only printing of Jean-Daniel Lorieux's "Coconuts", from 1982. Published in hardcover by Paris' Love Me Tender photography publishing house, "Coconuts", the first book of French photographer Jean-Daniel Lorieux, has certainly become one of their rarest, most prized editions. Working as a fashion photographer for Vogue, L'Officiel, Dior, Lanvin, Céline, Cardin, this strikingly designed, sun-kissed and airbrushed folio captures swimwear models (including a young Brooke Shields) in saturated colours across sun-dreanched locations such as Monte Carlo, Mexico, Djerba, Tunis and Panama. Pure 1980s Summer fantasy, the way only Love Me Tender could capture so well in book form.
Great copy in dust jacket.
Softcover, 96 pages, 20.5 x 22 cm
Out of print title / used / good
Published by Currey O'Neil / Melbourne
$90.00 - Out of stock
Award winning Australian photographer Rennie Ellis' cult classic photo-book, "Life's A Beach", published in Melburne in 1983. Steeped in beach lore since his early days as a lifesaver and surfer, Ellis put together this vivid collection of quintessential images of Australian beach life with great affection and insight. These early 1980's photographs shimmer with summer light and a graceful, infectious sensuality - the greatest photographic collection of Australian beach culture put to paper.
"On the beach we chuck away our clothes, our status and our inhibitions and engage in rituals of sun-worship and baptism. It's a retreat to our primal needs." Rennie Ellis
Hardcover (w. printed cloth-binding), 160 pages, 31 x 25 cm
Signed 1st Edition, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Holkema & Warendorf / Bussum
$700.00 - In stock -
Rare first edition, signed by Ed Van Der Elsken!
"Eye Love You. Mensenboek, vrouwen-, mannenboek, libido-, sex-, liefdes-, vriendschapsboek. Boek van geluk, verdriet, lijden, dood, strijd, moed, vitaliteit. door: Ed van der Elsken"
"Eye Love You. People book, women's-, men's book, libido, sex- , of love-, friendship book. Book of happiness, sadness, suffering, death, struggle, courage, vitality. yours: Ed van der Elsken"
Eduard "Ed" van der Elsken (10 March 1925 – 28 December 1990) was a renowned Dutch photographer and filmmaker. His imagery provides quotidian, intimate and autobiographic perspectives on the European zeitgeist, spanning the period of the Second World War into the 1970's in the realms of love, sex, art, music (particularly jazz), and alternative culture.
The life of photographer, filmmaker, artist and world traveler Ed van der Elsken was connected intimately with his work. He did not hide behind the camera, but used it to get in touch with the people he preferred to photograph: eccentric characters in the large metropolises, often belonging to the lower strata of society.
True first edition copy (with cloth-spine) of this, his first full-colour photo book, "Eye Love You" was published by Van Holkema & Warendorf, Bussum, in 1977 and features page after page of van der Elsken's colourful, intimate and often confrontational photography and texts from all over the world. Like a travelogue of his encounters across Africa, India, Paris, Amsterdam, etc. in protest, famine, ritual, commune, celebration, mourning, and all in-between, it encompasses exactly what van der Elsken's inscription inside states, "Book of happiness, sadness, suffering, death, struggle, courage, vitality".
A truly special photo book from the 1970's.
This copy is signed by Ed Van Der Elsken himself.
Design by Wim Crouwel, Total Design.
Hardcover, 80 pages, 30 x 30 cm
1st Edition, Out of print title / used / very good
Published by Heinz Peter / Berlin
$100.00 - In stock -
The wonderful, cult 1970 "Vive Le Sex" photobook from Czech photographer, Ica Vilander, who is noted for being one of the few women to shoot nudes in the 1960s.
Vilander was born in 1921 in Brux, Czechoslovakia and later moved to Berlin in 1944, where she studied graphics and experimental photography. Working for the legendary Willy Fleckhaus designed Twen magazine, Vilander garnered a lot of attention internationally with her nude portraits and dynamic, graphic approach to photography, yet by 1980 she disappeared into photo history obscurity as she almost completely retired from public life. Her originals are very rare, as most were destroyed, but her wonderful published collections have become some of the more prized and elusive nude photobooks of the 1960s/1970s.
"Vive Le Sex", in its large square format and hardcover, is a perfect example of Vilander's joyous approach to photographing the nude male and female; mixing elements of collage with photography, dynamic cropping, and a free-spirited use of styling and props that reflected the hippie lifestyle that surrounded her family and friends, who were all regular subjects of her photos, alongside actors, musicians, artists.
First, only edition.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 286 pages, 22 x 28 cm
Out of print title / used / average
Published by Benteli Verlag / Bern
$30.00 - Out of stock
Large hardcover exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with show held in Switzerland in 1980. Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout, with many examples of artists from the exhibition. Artists included in the exhibition: Josef Albers, Cuno Amiet, Carl Andre, Jurij Annenkow, Alexander Archipeno, Arman, Gerd Arntz, Hans Arp, Richard Artschwager, Giacomo Balla, Ernst Barlach, Willi Baumeister, Bodo Baumgarten, Walter Bodmer, Lee Bontecou, Carl Buchheister, Erich Buchholz, Alexander Calder, Anthony Caro, Carlo Carrà, John Chamberlain, Eduardo Chillida, Christo, Joseph Cornell, Joseph Csaky, Robert Delaunay, Jim Dine, Theo van Doesburg, César Domela, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Max Ernst, Dan Flavin, Adolf Fleischmann, Lucio Fontana, Otto Freundlich, Naum Gabo, Paul Gaugin, Julio Gonzalez, Jean Gorin, Gotthard Graubner, Oto Gutfreund, Nigel Hall, August Herbin, Adolf von Hildebrand, Robert Irwin, Robert Jacobsen, Marcel Janco, Jasper Johns, Paul Joostens, Donald Judd, Zoltan Kemény, Edward Kienholz, Yves Klein, Käthe Kollwitz, Norbert Kricke, Gary Kuehn, Berto Lardera, Henri Laurens, Fernand Léger, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Sol LeWitt, Jacques Lipchitz, El Lissitzky, Vilhelm Lundstrøm, René Magritte, Aristide Maillol, Manolo, Man Ray, Piero Manzoni, Henri Matisse, Gordon Matta-Clark, Joan Miró, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, François Morellet, Henry Moore, Robert Morris, Louise Nevelson, Ben Nicholson, Claes Oldenburg, Eduardo Paolozzi, Victor Pasmore, Laszlo Peri, Antoine Pevsner, Jean Peyrissac, Pablo Picasso, Anne und Patrick Poirier, Iwan Puni, David Rabinowitch, Robert Rauschenberg, James Reineking, Erich Reusch, August Renoir, George Rickey, Auguste Rodin, Ulrich Rückriem, Christian Schad, Oskar Schlemmer, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, Jan Schoonhoven, Emil Schumacher, Kurt Schwitters, Arthur Segal, George Segal, Richard Serra, Gino Severini, Joel Shapiro, Richard Smith, Jesus Raphael Soto, Giuseppe Spagnulo, Daniel Spoerri, Henryk Stazewski, Frank Stella, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Antonio Tàpies, Wladimir Tatlin, Jean Tinguely, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Ilya Tschaschnik, Leon Tutundjan, Günter Uecker, Bernar Venet, Friedrich Vordemberger-Gildewart, Fritz Wotruba.
Written contributions by Felix A. Baumann, Sabine Kricke-Güse, Ernst Gerhard-Güse, Carola Giedion-Welcker, Sigrid Braunfels-Esche, Margit Rowell, Wulf Herzogenrath, Willy Rotzler, Eduard Trier, and Thomas Deecke. Text in German.
Ex library copy with usual stamps and general wear, bumping, wrinkling, in good original dust jacket.