U.S. sculptor Louise Bourgeois dies at 98

13:29, June 01, 2010      

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Franco-American artist Louise Bourgeois' sculpture "Maman" (Mum) next to the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum (Photo: AFP)
French-born American sculptor Louise Bourgeois, whose abstract explorations of themes such as birth, sexuality and death made her one of the world's most influential contemporary artists, died after a heart attack Saturday in New York.

Based in New York since 1938, Bourgeois, 98, gained fame late in her long career and kept working to the end of her life, according to media reports.

Although she had long been regarded by her contemporaries as one of the world's most important artists, Bourgeois' work was almost unknown to the wider art world until she was 70, when New York's Museum of Modern Art presented a solo show of her career in 1982.

Her work tackling themes on male and female bodies and emotions of anger, betrayal, even murder, reflected influences of surrealism, primitivism and the early modernist sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi.

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