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Louise Joséphine Bourgeois
Louise Bourgeois - whose sculptures exploring women's deepest feelings on birth, sexuality and death were highly influential on younger artists - died Monday in New York, her studio's managing director said.

In 1999, she became the seventh winner of the annual Wexner Prize.

The New York resident, 98, had continued creating artwork - her latest pieces were finished just last week - before suffering a heart attack Saturday night, studio director Wendy Williams said.

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The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.
- Louise Bourgeois