American Zeppolin Flight from New York City to Paris France in Year 1939 (1969; detail), Joseph E. Yoakum. The Art Institute of Chicago
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.