Louise Bourgeois: One of the very best
Louise Bourgeois was a good artist, one of the very best. She overcame many difficulties to establish herself among the 20th-Century greats - not least being a woman in a man's world.
The last decade of her life saw her find a new audience with a series of international shows and the installation of Maman, her giant spider at Tate Modern.
I wrote about encountering her work for the first time in an article for the Guardian in 2008.
Her strength of character was legendary, leading to a refusal to follow the avant garde of any given time; instead she pursued her own ideas and demons. The result is a body of work that is just as significant and important as that of any of her contemporaries - a discovery that future generations will delight in making.