14-Sep-2018







































Debra Dean: Author Talk and Book Signing

September 14, 2018
3:04:00 p.m.
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Join author Debra Dean at Greenwich House Pottery to hear about her new book Hidden Tapestry, a history of the artists Jan Yoors, Annabert van Wettum, and GHP's very own Marianne Yoors.

Hidden Tapestry reveals the unforgettable story of Flemish American artist Jan Yoors—childhood vagabond, wartime Resistance fighter, and New York bohemian. At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, Yoors’ magnificent tapestries inspired a dedicated following in his adopted Manhattan. Though his intimate friends guessed the rough outline of his colorful life, Hidden Tapestry is the first to detail his astonishing secrets.

At twelve, Jan’s life took an extraordinary and unexpected turn when, lured by stories of Gypsies, he wandered off with a group of Roma. Later, as an adult in German-occupied France, Yoors joined the Resistance and persuaded his adoptive Roma family to fight alongside him. Defying repeated arrests and torture by the Gestapo, he worked first as a saboteur and later escorted Allied soldiers trapped behind German lines across the Pyrenees to freedom.

After the war, he married childhood friend Annabert van Wettum and embarked on his career as an artist. When a friend of Annabert’s, Marianne Citroen, modeled for Yoors, the two began an affair, which led the three to form a polygamous family that would last for the rest of their lives. Moving to New York, the trio became part of the bohemian life of Greenwich Village in the 1950s.

The Yoors’ story is a luminous and inspiring account of resilience, resourcefulness, and love.



This event is free and open to the public, but seats are limited. 
Please reserve your seat when registration opens on August 23.






Reviews of Hidden Tapestry:

“It’s rare when an extraordinary artist wins a biographer of equal quality. As someone who admired Jan Yoors greatly and once spent a few days in his unusual household, I’m delighted to see this story told with grace, with careful research, and with such compassion for the women who were an invisible part of his work.”
—Adam Hochschild, author of Half the Way Home and Leopold’s Ghost

“Debra Dean puts the stitches in the rich tapestry that was Jan Yoors’s life, surely one of the most remarkable artistic stories of the twentieth century. She reveals his incredible life of exploration, adventure, and heroism, as well as his truly unique ménage.” 
—Ross King, author of Brunelleschi’s Dome and Mad Enchantment





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