Gikkon Bakkon, the Japanese term for balance, is a unique sculpture by Jan Yoors, one of the most seminal textile artists of the twentieth century. In 1975, the sculpture was exhibited at the artist’s retrospective in Ghent, Belgium. It was featured at his more recent retrospectives at the FeliXart Museum in Belgium (2012) and at the The Baker Museum in Florida (2015). In the past five years, Yoors has had close to a dozen solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States.
From 1938 to 1939, Yoors trained in sculpture at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. There, he studied with Oscar Jespers, a sculptor known for his cubist style. Across his body of work, Yoors pursued the theme of the nude female body.
Yoors’ work 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, the Archives of American Art, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. His drawings, his tapestries, and his own fascinating personal history have been featured in various publications including Architectural Digest, Vogue, and Elle Décor. In 2015, in recognition of his importance as a historical figure and as an artist, Belgium issued a postage stamp of Yoors’ Yellow Tantra tapestry.
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