Louise Bourgeois dies aged 98

Louise Bourgeois photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1982

French-American artist Louise Bourgeois, renowned for her explorations of birth, sexuality and death, died last night.  She was 98.  Perhaps best-known for her enormous spider sculptures (a 9 metre tall version entitled Maman – below – was one of the first works to be exhibited at Tate Modern), the artist only came to prominence in her 70s following a 1982 solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Louise Bourgeois, 'Maman', 1999 outside Tate Modern
Louise Bourgeois dies aged 98

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