SURREAL artist Louise Bourgeois is the subject of a new exhibition at Middlesbrough's Mima gallery.

The exhibition contains a collection of pieces assembled for the national Artist Rooms programme, including, Couple I 1996, Cell XIV (Portrait) 2000, Eyes 2001-2005, and three late masterpieces, 10 AM IS WHEN I COME TO YOU 2006, the cycle of 16 monumental drawings A L'Infini 2008- 2009 and one of Bourgeois’ final works, Untitled 2010.

Mrs Bourgeois, who died in 2010 at the age of 99, was named as one of the top ten most subversive women artists in history by The Guardian and has influenced many of today’s artists such as Jenny Holzer and Tracey Emin.

Born in France she studied with Fernand Le?ger in Paris during the 1930s and moved moved to New York in 1938, following her marriage to Robert Goldwater, an art historian, who died in 1973.

She Bourgeois was the first artist to be commissioned by Tate, for the inauguration of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, and in 2007, Tate, in collaboration with the Centre Pompidou, organized a travelling Retrospective of her work.

Louise Bourgeois: A Woman Without Secrets is on display at Mima in Centre Square, Middlesbrough until October 12.