Artist Louise Bourgeois, 98, Dies

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

'Maman' (Mum) by Sculptor Louise Bourgeois (Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images)

Artist Louise Bourgeois, whose sculptures exploring women's feelings on birth, sexuality and death were highly influential on younger artists, has died. She was 98 years old.

Bourgeois continued creating artwork up until a week before she died. She suffered a heart attack on Saturday, according to her studio's managing director and passed away at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan.

Working in a wide variety of materials, the French-born Manhattan resident was almost unknown to the wider art world until she was 70 years old. The Museum of Modern Art then presented a solo show of her work in 1982.

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shadeed ahmad

Louise Bourgeois stayed modern in unfolding her art throughout her life. Louise was nothing short of an artistic fountain of youth that kept on giving. Change was her friend and imagination her soul mate. Louise inspired creativity that touched the young and old, making time and the future things not to be feared, but caressed as bastions of uplifting art that only needed our GOD given beautiful and wonderful touches, if we dared. The art world has lost a piece of its heart with Louise Bourgeoise's passing. She was in many ways the female answer to Picasso. May GOD Bless you Louise Bourgeoise and rest in peace. Sincerely, Shadeed R. Ahmad (New York City)

Jun. 01 2010 07:44 PM

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