98 years old Louise Bourgeois died on Monday of a heart attack at a hospital in Manhattan. Ms. Bourgeois was best known for her statuette and alarming symbolism and was one of the grande dame of modern-day artists.
When in 1945, an esteemed venue in Manhattan’s then-intimate art world, Peridot Gallery, staged Ms. Bourgeois first solo sculpture show, it was then that sculpture had become her primary medium. She was acknowledged as the first female to be honored with retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1982.
Her position as a world renowned figure in art was consolidated by subsequent retrospectives that she received in 1993 and 2007 as she visited prominent in New York, Washington, Los Angeles, Madrid, London, Paris and St. Petersburg and Russia.
When in 2007, San Francisco Arts Commission saw her massive bronze “Crouching Spider” (2003) at Pier 14 on the Embarcadero, her miniatures on an outlook at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco through June 12, came to the lime-light to the Bay Area public in 2007. A career survey had also been presented to Ms. Bourgeois in 1996 by the Berkeley Art Museum.
Female sexuality had been represented by her in the work of spider imagery. It was a Freudian symbol, and was portrayed as a confidential icon of her mother and a commemoration of arachnids’ vital predator character in keeping the Earth’s insect population in check.