Kyoto: Kyoto Shoin International Co., Ltd., 1995. 2nd Edition. Quarto, publisher's laminated illustrated paper-covered boards, illustrated endpapers.
"What is the aim of life? To be content, to be happy." Second edition of Cookie Mueller and her husband Vittorio Scarpati’s final collaborative project. Scarpati, an Italian artist and jewelry designer, met Mueller, a writer, actress, and downtown It Girl, while she was staying in Positano, Italy, in the summer of 1983. Three years later the pair married; shortly after, they were both diagnosed with HIV. This series of drawings and text were produced by the couple while they were dying from AIDS-related complications in Manhattan’s Cabrini Medical Center in 1989. The shared visual and textual dialogue features Scarpati’s pen, ink, and felt-tip drawings boldly, colorfully, and at times humorously depicting the suffering he endured, while Mueller’s words describe the experience he was incapable of expressing, as he lost his voice during his final days. Illustrated in color and black-and-white with 45 of Scarpati’s drawings. Edited by American art critic and downtown tastemaker Edit DeAk. Text in English and Japanese. No dust jacket, as issued. Originally published in 1989, after Scarpati had passed away, and shortly before Mueller also died. Fine. Item #5541