Jan Yoors, ‘Mexican Pink Tantra’, 1976, Todd Merrill Studio
Jan Yoors, ‘Mexican Pink Tantra’, 1976, Todd Merrill Studio

A tapestry by Jan Yoors with an abstract maroon floral form on a black ground with dancing vibrant red, blue, and purple shapes. The tapestry was woven by Annebert and Marianne Yoors from a cartoon by Jan Yoors.

Mexican Pink Tantra was featured in “Tapestries: One of the Many Lives of Jan Yoors” by Jane Hruska, in the spring 2012 issue of RWA Magazine and Modern Magazine, Issue 24, Autumn 2011.

Similar works by Yoors can be 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, and Vogue.

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 took place in 2015. In recognition of his importance as an historical figure and artist, Belgium issued 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.

About Jan Yoors