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Artist Philip Lorca diCorcia in conversation with writer Linda Yablonsky

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Artist Philip Lorca diCorcia and writer Linda Yablonsky discuss the enduring passion and intensity of Cookie Mueller and Vittorio Scarpati’s works and lives.

A haunting photograph by diCorcia – which pictures Scarpati in the hospice bed where he executed the works exhibited in Putti’s Pudding – was included in the seminal show Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing at Artists Space NYC (1989), alongside one of Scarpati’s own drawings. Yablonsky and Mueller became close friends as neighbours in the West Village. The character of Honey in Yablonsky’s novel The Story of Junk is loosely based on Mueller.

Philip Lorca diCorcia lives and works in New York. In 2013, a major career–spanning survey of diCorcia's work was staged by the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, later travelling to the Museum De Pont, The Netherlands, and The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK in 2014. Other solo museum exhibitions include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2008) and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2007). In 1993, the artist's first museum solo exhibition was organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Linda Yablonsky is a writer and critic. Yablonksky is the US art critic for Bloomberg News and a Scene & Herd columnist for Artforum.com. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Art in America, and Art + Auction, among other leading publications. Yablonsky’s novel, The Story of Junk, describes an unnamed female user/dealer in a narrative that is at once seductive, harrowing and incisive in its portrayal of New York’s Lower East Side during the early ‘80s.

This event is free but due to high demand, booking is recommended.

This event forms part of the public programme accompanying Putti’s Pudding, an exhibition of works by Cookie Mueller and Vittorio Scarpati (9 September–12 November 2017) at Studio Voltaire.

‘Putti’s Pudding’ is a book and ‘final project’ by American writer and actor Mueller, and her husband, Italian artist Scarpati. Published in 1989, the same year both died from complications related to AIDS, it pairs drawings by Scarpati with writing by Mueller.

Reimagined as an exhibition at Studio Voltaire, Putti’s Pudding features forty–five original felt–tip pen on notepad drawings made by Scarpati when he lost the ability to speak, accompanying texts by Mueller, and a public programme of talks, readings, screenings and performance.

Read more: http://www.studiovoltaire.org/exhibitions/

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