Spider (Bourgeois)

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One edition at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.
Artist Louise Bourgeois
Year 1996
Type Sculpture
Dimensions 2.82 m × 8.33 m × 7.9 m (9 ft 3 in × 27 ft 4 in × 26 ft)

Spider is a sculpture by Louise Bourgeois.[1] Executed in 1996 as an edition of six and cast in 1997; bronze with a silver nitrate patina, with the first of the edition being steel.[2]

An example was acquired by the Denver Art Museum for its new addition in 2006.[3] Other locations in permanent collections include the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, Washington DC,[4] and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri.[5]


The steel Spider was exhibited at Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal from April to September, 1996.[2] Various editions of this artwork have traveled extensively, including an example shown at the Hermitage Museum in 2001.[6]

Art market[edit]

In 2006, Bourgeois became the highest-paid living woman artist after a Spider sold for $4 million at Christie's in London; which was surpassed in 2008, when another Spider sold for $4.5 million.[7] A new record price for the artist was achieved when Spider number two acquired from Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, was auctioned by a private collector with an estimate of $4 million to $6 million. The price realized at Christie's on 8 November 2011 was $10,722,500.[2] This is the highest price paid for an artwork by a woman artist at the time.[8] This was surpassed in 2015 by a Spider auctioned by Christie's for $28.2 million.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Spider, (sculpture)". SIRIS
  2. ^ a b c "Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) Spider". Sale 2480 / Lot 29. Christie's Inc. Retrieved 25 January 2014. 
  3. ^ MacMillan, Kyle (5 October 2006). "Not all the art is within the walls". The Denver Post. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "NGA : Sculpture Garden (3 of 17)". 
  5. ^ "Louise Bourgeois". Permanent Collection. Kemper Museum of Contemporary Ar. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Louise Bourgeois's Spiders in the Hermitage". State Hermitage Museum. 
  7. ^ Felix Kessler (May 31, 2010), Louise Bourgeois, Sculptor of Freaky Giant Spiders, Dies at 98 Bloomberg.
  8. ^ "The price of being female: Post-war artists at auction". Prospero blog. The Economist. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Reyburn, Scott; Pogrebin, Robin (10 November 2015). "Mixed Night in 'Strange' Christie's Contemporary and Postwar Sale". The New York Times. 

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