French-American artist Louise Bourgeois’ enormous spider sculpture sold for a staggering $32.8 million at a Sotheby’s auction, breaking the record for the highest price achieved by a female sculptor’s work. The sculpture, standing over 10 feet tall and spanning 18 feet across, was created by Bourgeois in 1996 and is one of only four monumental spider artworks to be sold at auction.
The buyer’s identity has not been disclosed by Sotheby’s. The seller, however, was revealed to be the Fundacao Itau of Brazil, who had acquired the sculpture over 25 years ago.
Born in Paris, Bourgeois spent a significant portion of her adult life in New York City, where she gained recognition for her iconic installation art. Although she was a prolific painter and printmaker, Bourgeois became renowned for her large-scale sculptures, particularly her delicate and agile spider creations. These sculptures, reminiscent of her mother’s role as both a menacing threat and a diligent weaver and mender, hold great significance for the artist.
Bourgeois’ monumental spider sculptures have been featured in prominent public spaces, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, the Tate Modern in London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. For the latest news updates, you can follow our Google News channel online or through the app.