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The revelatory art of Joseph Yoakum

February 17, 2022

"Grizzly Gulch Valley Ohansburg Vermont" by Joseph Yoakum n.d.

Detail from "Grizzly Gulch Valley Ohansburg Vermont" by Joseph Yoakum n.d. Black ballpoint pen and watercolor on paper. The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Gift of the Raymond K. Yoshida Living Trust and Kohler Foundation, Inc.

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Joseph Yoakum (1891-1972) didn't start creating art until he was in his 70s. Self-taught in his use of ballpoint pens, colored pencil and pastels, Yoakum (who claimed Native American ancestry, and whose mother was a formerly-enslaved African American) created fanciful landscapes, now currently on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Correspondent Rita Braver reports


For more info: 

"Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw," at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City (through March 19), followed by the Menil Collection, Houston (April 22-August 7)

Catalogue: "Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw" (Art Institute of Chicago)

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