Sculptor Louise Bourgeois Dead at 98

French-born US artist worked to the end
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 1, 2010 1:44 AM CDT
This photo released by the Guggenheim Museum shows Louis Bourgeois alongside her sculpture "Eye to Eye, 1970."    (AP Photo/Guggenheim Museum, Raimon Ramis, File)
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(Newser) – French-born American artist Louise Bourgeois has died, ending a career as an artist that stretched from the early 1920s until last week. The sculptor, who moved from Paris to New York City in 1938, worked with a wide variety of materials and was known for her unflinching approach to themes of maternity, sexuality, and death, the Independent notes.

Bourgeois' work was largely unknown outside the art world until she was 70 years old and became the first woman ever to have a retrospective exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Her best known work was her series of giant spiders she called Maman, to represent her mother, over the last dozen years.

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