Sculptor Louise Bourgeois has died at 98
I was saddened today to hear of the death of the sculptor Louise Bourgeios. It would be great if such artists could live forever, though I suppose 98 is a pretty good age by anyone's standards.
I first came across her work in the mid-1980s, if memory serves, and cut out and kept an article about her from the Sunday Times. In one photo - which I now know to be by Mapplethorple - she had a wicked, old-lady's face and a giant phallus (entitled 'Little Girl') tucked under one arm.
Later, I just LOVED her series of spider sculptures - the title 'Maman' means, I might guess, that we had similar sorts of mother...
She was a true artist, with something to say, and that thing most definitely female, abour power and powerlessness, death, sexuality and betrayal.
For a retrospective on her life, visit the Beeb.