Yesterday, the art world lost a true visionary. Louise Bourgeois passed away in New York at the age of 98 this Memorial Day. I was fortunate to see a wonderful retrospective of her work at the Guggenheim in 2008. She created art that expressed the difficulties of her past in a beautiful manner. I could feel the cathartic process as I worked my way through the exhibit. Here is a photo of one of her iconic spider sculptures. I love these spiders because they so succinctly exhibit her extreme feminist views.
I highly recommend the documentary The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine. This movie provides a wonderful explanation of Bourgeois' work, the stories behind her pieces, and a glimpse into the personality of the artist. She was quite the little firecracker! And she will be missed.