World Food Books is a book shop in Melbourne, Australia.
Founded in 2010, World Food Books is a book service dedicated to the presentation of a rotating, hand-selection of quality international art and design journals, artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogues, artists’ editions, collected writings and printed ephemera.
Presenting new titles alongside rare and out-of-print publications spanning the fields of contemporary art, modern art, cultural theory, photography, film, poetry, fiction, fashion, architecture, interior design, typography, illustration, politics and much between, World Food Books wishes to encourage active and thoughtful reading, looking, writing, publishing, and exchanging of art and design press, both contemporary and historical.
As well as our book shop, located in Melbourne's historical Nicholas Building, all of our inventory is available internationally via our online mail-order service. We also have outposts at MUMA (Monash University Museum of Art) and Westspace, both also in Melbourne.
World Food Books semi-regularly co-ordinates "Occasions", a program of exhibits and events at the bookshop and in partnership with other hosts (such as museums and art galleries) that develop out of the activities, relationships and content of the bookshop itself.
World Food Books
The Nicholas Building
Studio 19, Level 3
37 Swanston Street
FRI 12-7 PM
SAT 12-4 PM
& OPEN BY APPOINTMENT
MAIL ORDER RUNS EVERY DAY
World Food Books
PO Box 435
Theory / Essay
Architecture / Interior
Graphic Design / Typography
Fiction / Poetry
Film / Video
Sculpture / Installation
Performance / Dance / Theater
Sound / Music
Group Shows / Collections
Illustration / Graphic Art
Ceramics / Glass
Italian Radical Design / Postmodernism
"Various Works 1986 - 1999"
02 February 16 - September 10, 2016
Various works 1986 - 1999, from two houses, from the collections of John Nixon, Sue Cramer, Kerrie Poliness, Peter Haffenden and Phoebe Haffenden.
Including: Geometry of Cakes (various shelves), 1993; Poor People’s Law (black and white plate), 1993; White Absence (glasses, ruler, set square, silver spoon, silver ladel with skin photograph and wooden cubes), 1990-1996; Exploitation of the Dead (grey and red star painting, wooden painting, black spoon with red table, red plate), 1984-1990; Money and Zeros (zero tie, paintings made for friends in Australia (Sue, John, Kerrie), numbers painting), 1991-1992; Words - Slogans (various t-shirts) - “they talk about the death of art...help! someone is trying to kill me”, “my sweet little lamb”, “work is a disease - Karl Marx”; Various artist books, catalogues, monographs, videos; Poster from exhibition Insulting Anarchy; "Circular" Croatian - Australian edition; Artist book by Vlado Martek (Dostoyevsky); more.
Thanks to Mladen Stilinović and Branka Stipančić.
Curated by Nic Tammens
March 26 - April 4, 2015
B.Wurtz works from a basement studio in his home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
This local fact is attested to by the plastic shopping bags and newsprint circulars that appear in his work. As formal objects, they don’t make loud claims about their origins but nonetheless transmit street addresses and places of business from the bottom of this long thin island. Like plenty of artists, Wurtz is affected by what is local and what is consumed. His work is underpinned by this ethic. It often speaks from a neighborhood or reads like the contents of a hamper:
“BLACK PLUMS $1.29 lb.”
“USDA Whole Pork Shoulder Picnic 99c lb.”
“RITE AID Pharmacy, with us it’s personal.”
“H. Brickman & Sons.”
“Sweet Yams 59c lb."
Most of the work in this exhibition was made while the artist was in residence at Dieu Donne, a workshop dedicated to paper craft in Midtown. Here Wurtz fabricated assemblages with paper and objects that are relatively lightweight, with the intention that they would be easily transportable to Australia. This consideration isn’t absolute in Wurtz’s work, but was prescriptive for making the current exhibition light and cheap. Packed in two boxes, these works were sent from a USPS post office on the Lower East Side and delivered to North Melbourne by Australia Post.
Wurtz appears courtesy of Metro Pictures, New York.
Thanks to Rob Halverson, Joshua Petherick, Sari de Mallory, Matt Hinkley, Helen Johnson, Fayen d'Evie, Ask Kilmartin, Lisa Radon, Ellena Savage, Yale Union, and "Elizabeth".
December 15 - January 20, 2014
The presentation of John Nixon's archive offered a rare showcase of this extensive collection of the artist's own publications, catalogues, posters, ephemera, editions and more, from the mid 1980s onwards, alongside a selection of his artworks.
Organized by John Nixon, Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley.
at Minerva, Sydney (curated by Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley)
November 15 - December 20, 2014
Lupo Borgonovo, Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley,
Lewis Fidock, HR Giger, Piero Gilardi, Veit Laurent Kurz,
Cinzia Ruggeri, Michael E. Smith, Lucie Stahl, Daniel Weil, Wols
“...It contained seven objects. The slender fluted bone, surely formed for flight, surely from the wing of some large bird. Three archaic circuitboards, faced with mazes of gold. A smooth white sphere of baked clay. An age-blackened fragment of lace. A fingerlength segment of what she assumed was bone from a human wrist, grayish white, inset smoothly with the silicon shaft of a small instrument that must once have ridden flush with the surface of the skin - but the thing’s face was seared and blackened.”
William Gibson, “Count Zero”, 1986
"Autumn Projects Archive"
Curated by Liza Vasiliou
March 6 - March 15, 2014
World Food Books, in conjunction with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival 2014, presented the Autumn Projects archive, consisting of a selection of early examples in Australian fashion with a particular interest in collecting designers and labels from the period beginning in the 1980’s, who significantly influenced the discourse of Australian Fashion.
Curated by Liza Vasiliou, the exhibition provided a unique opportunity to view pieces by designers Anthea Crawford, Barbara Vandenberg, Geoff Liddell and labels CR Australia, Covers, Jag along with early experimental collage pieces by Prue Acton and Sally Browne’s ‘Fragments’ collection, suspended throughout the functioning World Food Books shop in Melbourne.
presented by CENTRE FOR STYLE
November 14, 2013
"Hey Blinky, you say chic, I say same"
H.B. Peace is a clothing collaboration between great friends Blake Barns and Hugh Egan Westland. Their pieces explore the divergences between 'character’ and ‘personality’ in garments....etc
Special Thanks to Joshua Petherick and Matt Hinkley of WFB and Gillian Mears
and a Very Special Thank you to Audrey Thomas Hayes for her shoe collaboration.
Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley
May 10 - June 8, 2013
The first of our occasional exhibitions in the World Food Books office/shop space in Melbourne, "Aesthetic Suicide" presented a body of new and older works together by artists Janet Burchill & Jennifer McCamley, including videos, prints, a wall work, and publications.
During shop open hours videos played every hour, on the hour.
Hardcover (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.
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.
2003, Japanese / English
Hardcover (w. dust jacket and obi-strip), 80 pages, 19 x 27 cm
Signed, 1st Edition, Out of print title / As New,
Published by P-Vine Books / Tokyo
$120.00 - In stock -
Very special Aquirax Uno signed copy of this fantastic hardcover collection of his poster work dating 1959-1975.
Aquirax Uno, also known as Akira Uno (born March 13, 1934) is a Japanese graphic artist, illustrator and painter who was very influential in the 1960s and 1970s. His incredibly unique work is characterized by fantastic visuals, capricious and sensuous line flow, flamboyant (and occasionally grotesque) eroticism, and frequent use of collage and bright colours. Uno was prominently involved with the Japanese underground art of the 1960s–1970s, and is particularly notable for his frequent collaborations with Shuji Terayama and his experimental theater Tenjo Sajiki.
Signed "Aquirax" in gold marker across black front endpaper.
First edition, in "as new" perfect condition w. dust jacket and obi-strip.
Hardcover (w. dust jacket), 76 pages, 26.5 x 31 cm
1st Japanese Edition, signed, Out of print title / Used*,
Published by Libro Port Publishing Co. Ltd. / Tokyo
$360.00 - In stock -
Wonderful Issey Miyake-signed copy of the first Japanese printing of this famous book, published by Libro Port Publishing Co. Ltd., Tokyo in 1988. It is the hardcover version with original illustrated dust-jacket.
Published to coincide with the exhibition "Issey Miyake A UN," organized by Miyake Design Studio in association with the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris in 1988, this heavily photographic book features stunning full-page photos by Irving Penn of Issey Miyake's 1987 line throughout the entire book. Foreword by Isamu Noguchi, and accompanying essay by Jay Cocks. Type design by Kiyoshi Kanai. Project coordinated by Midori Kitamura and June Kanai, who also modeled the clothes. Wonderful, iconic imagery of Issey Miyake's late 1980's works.
Dedication, signed and dated (1988) by Issey Miyake in bold black marker on title page!
2005 / 2006, English / Japanese
Softcover (w. printed paper dust-jacket), 112 pages, 30 x 23 cm
1st edition, signed, Out of print title / used*,
Published by The National Museum of Art / Osaka Ueno Royal Museum / Tokyo
$580.00 - Out of stock
Very scarce first edition copy of this fine Japanese Polke catalogue, signed by Sigmar Polke.
Published in 2005/2006 to accompany the Sigmar Polke exhibition "Alice In Wonderland" held at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo and the National Museum of Art in Osaka, this handsome catalogue features many full-colour reproductions of Polke's paintings and drawings throughout.
"This exhibition is composed mainly of works in the collection of the artist, so it might be described as an exhibition of "Polke by Polke." In it, we examine the artist's career through approximately 30 of his large-scale paintings, from his early masterworks Alice in Wonderland (1971), and representative pieces of the 1980s and 1990s to some of his most recent work."
Includes texts in English and Japanese by Peter-Klaus Schuster, Wataru Hayashi, and more, plus an interview with Polke, biography, bibliography, exhibition list and list of exhibited works.
Comes wrapped in printed paper dust-jacket with Sigmar Polke's signature penned into the front flyleaf.
A very collectable Polke publication!
Polke is a major contemporary German artist and one of the most noted painters in the world. Polke was born in Oels, Silesia, formerly an eastern part of German territory, in 1941. At age 12 he moved to West Germany. After studying at the Dusseldorf Art Academy, he began making paintings incorporating photographs and references to American pop art and he has continued to develop experimental methods. Paintings that show the raster dots used in printing became his trademark and he also produced paintings on printed fabric or transparent materials instead of canvas. With broad knowledge and penetrating observation, parody, irony, and a sense of humor, he has combined a wide variety of motifs from the everyday life of contemporary people, fairy tales, history, military events,myths, and alchemy. These groups of images arouse the imagination of viewers. They are both fascinating and enigmatic. He received the Gold Lion Prize at the Venice Biennale in 1986 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2002.
Hardcover, 48 pages, 26.5 x 31 cm
1st edition of 3000 copies, signed / out of print title / used*,
Published by Miyake Design Studio / Tokyo
$530.00 - Out of stock
Signed copy (by Issey Miyake) of the very scarce, collectable "Issey Miyake by Irving Penn" (1990), printed only once in a limited edition of 3,000 copies and published by the Miyake Design Studio in Tokyo, 1990.
Signed and dated (Dec. 1990) by Issey Miyake on the title page in grey lead, this beautiful volume is made up entirely of legendary photographer Irving Penn's elegant images of the great Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake's 1990 collection, in full-colour on gloss stock. One of the greatest collaborative partnerships in fashion image history.
‘through his eyes penn-san reinterprets the clothes, gives them new breath, and presents them to me from a new vantage point — one that I may not have been aware of, but had been subconsciously trying to capture. Without penn-san’s guidance, I probably could not have continued to find new themes with which to challenge myself, nor could I have arrived at new solutions.’ – Issey Miyake (from Irving Penn: A Career in Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, 1997)
Clothing Design by lssey Miyake
Photographs by Irving Penn
Book Design by lkko Tanaka
Face by Tyen
Hair by John Sahag
Modeled by Yuki Fujii
Printed and bound by Nissha Printing Company, Kyoto, Japan
Published by Miyake Design Studio, Tokyo, Japan
Published in a limited edition of 3,000 copies
1977, English / German / Portuguese
Softcover, 226 pages, 21 x 29.5 cm
Signed / Out of print title / Used*,
Published by XIV Internationale Biennale São Paulo / Brazil
$240.00 - Out of stock
Signed copy of the major exhibition catalogue published in conjunction with the XIV Internationale Biennale São Paulo, Brazil, October 1 - December 18, 1977.
Profusely illustrated throughout with 232 illustrations of the work of Franz Erhard Walther, including his actions and drawings, alongside text by Götz Adriani, a biography, bibliography, and exhibition history. In English, German and Portuguese.
This special copy is inscribed by the artist on the title page in pencil with the words "ein anderer werkbegriff - Walther", which translates roughly to English as "a different work concept" or "a different concept of the work". This is a term Walther used in relation to his work, seeing it as something that does not end with the object of the artist, but with the construction of action. This means that the observer is replaced by the acting recipient who becomes a producer at the same time. The artists are the instruments at hand, with which he can act. In action execution it is then not only an active subject in the work experience, but primarily in the work of creation.
Having participated in Harald Szeemann’s legendary When Attitudes Become Form (1969) and dOCUMENTA V (1972) as well as the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark Spaces (1970), Walther’s remarkable coupling of elementary forms with conceptual ideas and a radical rethinking of the relationship between sculpture and action, has become so influential to the contemporary practices of young artists today.
The German conceptualist and sculptor Franz Erhard Walther counts among those artists who, in the 1960s, sought to undermine the authorial role of the artist in favour of a more democratic aesthetic dependent on the interaction of viewer and object; simple and individual acts such as folding and lying, leaning and stepping are either the source of his often minimal works or the means by which individual viewers may interact with them. His means of sculptural expression often involved the use of soft materials. His canvas sculptures are simply meant to be held, worn, lain in or stood under, usually by two or more people, creating strange moments of social intimacy and spatial awareness.