Jan Yoors, Gikkon Bakkon, USA, 1967

Jan Yoors, Gikkon Bakkon, USA, 1967
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Jan Yoors, Gikkon Bakkon, USA, 1967

Gikkon Bakkon, the Japanese term for “balance”,  is a unique sculpture made in 1967 by Jan Yoors, one of the most seminal tapestry artists of the 20th century. The sculpture was exhibited in the artist’s retrospective in Gent, Belgium in 1975, and more recently at his retrospectives at the FelixArt Museum and 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.

While Yoors’ artistic training may have begun in the studio of his father, a famed stained glass artist, following his pre-war year with the Rom, Yoors returned to Belgium with the aim of studying sculpture; his known work in this genre includes plaster casts for bronze and carved stone relief. Yoors began his official training at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, from 1938 to 1939. There he studied with Oscar Jespers, a sculptor known for his cubist style. Yoors continued to pursue the theme of the nude female body across his charcoal drawings and tapestries as well.

Yoors’ work is 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, Vogue Cases, and Elle Décor. In recognition of his importance as an historical figure and artist, Belgium issued a postage stamp in 2015 of Yoors’ “Yellow Tantra” tapestry.

Todd Merrill Studio is the representative of the Estate of Jan Yoors.

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