Louise Bourgeois, the French-born American artist, died Monday in Manhattan. She was 98. Ms. Bourgeois’ spider sculptures pay homage to her mother, who like a spider, was a weaver and spinner, working in the family business of tapestry repair. On loan to the city of San Francisco, the huge bronze spider pictured above resided at the Embarcadero’s Entry Plaza at Pier 14. The sculpture, which was originally cast in 2003 from the artist’s famous Spider series, was made specifically for display in San Francisco. Initially lent for eight months by the artist, courtesy of Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco and Cheim & Read, New York, the sculpture’s stay was extended due to popular support. Last year, the spider was disassembled into ten pieces and transported to a private collection in Houston, Texas. Courtesy NYT,  SF Sentinel, SF photo Nan Park Images. Still from Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine, a Zeitgeist Films release; courtesy of Art Kaleidoscope Foundation

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