This stunning rectangular tapestry by Jan Yoors features irregular black geometric forms on a beige ground with white accents. The lively black shapes that resemble paper cut-outs or puzzle pieces, and the negative spaces between them, compel the eye across the tapestry. Similar examples of Yoors’ work are found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum, Archives of American Art, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His work was recently featured in Architectural Digest and Elle Décor.
Jan Yoors is one the most seminal artists in textile of the 20th century. In the past five years, he has had close to a dozen solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States including a major retrospective (and accompanying catalogue) at the FeliXart Museum in Belgium. A retrospective at the Baker Museum in Florida and a photographic presentation at the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp are scheduled for 2015. In recognition of his importance as an historical figure and artist, Belgium will issue a postage stamp in 2015 of Yoors’ “Yellow Tantra” tapestry.
Jan Yoors was born in Antwerp, Belgium to a cultured, liberal family of artists. At the age of twelve he ran off with a Gypsy tribe and lived with the Kumpania on and off for the next ten years. During World War II, the artist worked with the Allies to help the Gypsies. His memoir of this period, “The Gypsies”, was published in 1965 and remains a seminal work on the subject.
20′ X 7’6”
About Jan Yoors
Flemish-American, 1922-1977, Antwerp, Belgium, based in New York, New York