This stunning rectangular tapestry by Jan Yoors, the seminal tapestry artist of the 20th century, features exquisite geometric shades of purples over a black ground. A bright burst of orange, in a complimentary shade to the blue hues, enlivens the piece. The colorful shapes resemble paper cut-outs or puzzle pieces, creating a unique play between positive and negative space, compelling the eye across the tapestry. Similar examples of 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, Archives of American Art, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, among others.
In the past five years, Jan Yoors has had close to a dozen solo exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States. In 2015, the artist had two museum retrospectives at the FeliXart Museum in Belgium and the Baker Museum in Naples, Florida. A comprehensive catalogue of each exhibition and essays on Yoors’ fascinating life and repertoire has been published in 2015. That same year, Yoors’ photography was exhibited at the Red Star Line Museum in Antwerp. In recognition of his importance as a historical figure and artist, Belgium issued a postage stamp of Yoors’ “Yellow Tantra” tapestry. Yoors’ work was recently profiled in Architectural Digest, Elle Décor, and Vogue Casa.
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.
Dimensions: 7’4” H x 9’3” W
Materials: Tapestry; Cotton Warp, Persian Long Fiber Wool Weft
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