1 Jun 2010

Spider sculptor Louise Bourgeois dies at 98

5:21 pm on 1 June 2010

The French-born American sculptor Louise Bourgeois, who was known as Spiderwoman, has died in New York at the age of 98.

Based in New York since 1938, she gained fame only late in her long career: her spider sculptures, some of which are three storeys high, were exhibited around the world and earned her the nickname.

Although she had long been regarded by her contemporaries as one of the world's most important artists, the BBc reports, it was not until her seventies that she began to attract a wider audience.

Four of her sculptures - including a nine-metre-tall spider called Maman - were the first works to appear in the new Tate Modern in London 10 years ago.

She also used her own clothes as the basis for a series of bronzes.