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T+L Reports: Sew Bourgeois

In the 1990's, she hatched massive bronze spiders everywhere from San Francisco to São Paulo. These days, Louise Bourgeois seems to be taking the arachnid's role to heart, becoming a master weaver herself. Working in textiles, she has begun fashioning a softer breed of sculpture. Not to worry: the 93-year-old hasn't lost her sinister touch. At the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, "Louise Bourgeois: Stitches in Time" (February 12-March 26; www.mocanomi.org) exposes the violence lurking under the cozy duvet of intimacy and domesticity. A fabricated woman screams in pain, her face magnified by a makeup mirror. Another goes under the knife—a butcher's knife. A rag doll hangs aloft, her lifeless body held together by scraps of string. Then there's the fleshy tableau Seven in Bed. It's framed as a scene of seven children at play, but if you look closely, you'll see 10 heads. The piece recalls Bourgeois's own childhood, scarred by the discovery that her French father was sleeping with her English governess. And you thought childhood traumas faded with age.
—Jori Finkel

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