It was at the age of 71, while living as a retired veteran in Chicago, that Joseph E. Yoakum reported having the dream that inspired him to become an artist. And so in the early 1960s Yoakum – who had worked in several travelling circuses and served in the US army during the First World War – began producing surreal landscapes inspired by these past life experiences at home and abroad. A selection of these brightly coloured works on paper now goes on view at the Art Institute of Chicago (12 June–18 October), in an exhibition co-organised with MoMA and the Menil Collection. Find out more from Art Institute of Chicago’s website.
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