I have often wondered what it must be like to live through almost an entire century; even more, to view art as it happens, through a 100 hundred years! Louise Bourgeois almost did both of the above, but more importantly, she made her mark and has claimed a space in art history that will exceed all timelines.
As menacing as her Maman spider looks, it equally accommodates an openness to shelter and to nurture - ideas that the sculptor often evoked in relation to her own mother and in the larger purview of femininity.
Louise Bourgeois died yesterday in Manhattan. This New York Times article summarizes her life and career.