Artist Louise Bourgeois dies in NYC at 98

The sculptor explored women's deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death

Published May 31, 2010 7:52PM (EDT)

Her studio's managing director says artist Louise Bourgeois (burzh-WAH') has died in New York City, after a lengthy career of exploring women's deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death. She was 98.

Wendy Williams of Louise Bourgeois Studio says the sculptor died at Beth Israel Medical Center on Monday, two days after suffering a heart attack.

Bourgeois worked in a wide variety of materials to tackle themes relating to male and female bodies and emotions of anger, betrayal, even murder. Her work reflected influences of surrealism, primitivism and early modernist sculptors such as Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brancusi.

Her work was almost unknown to the wider art world until she was 70, when New York's Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of her career.

By Associated Press

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