Bid Smart: Self-taught artist Joseph Yoakum, king of the mountain

Joseph Yoakum’s view of ‘Mt. Alpha of Brooks Range Near Wiseman, Alaska U.S.A.,’ made $32,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2022. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art and LiveAuctioneers.
Joseph Yoakum’s view of ‘Mt. Alpha of Brooks Range Near Wiseman, Alaska U.S.A.,’ made $32,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2022. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art and LiveAuctioneers.
Joseph Yoakum’s view of ‘Mt. Alpha of Brooks Range Near Wiseman, Alaska U.S.A.’ made $32,000 plus the buyer’s premium in April 2022. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — Many of the most renowned self-taught artists didn’t begin painting until late in life. Grandma Moses was 77, Clementine Hunter was in her 50s and Bill Traylor in his 80s. Most had to wait until their golden years, when they were no longer working to feed their families and had time to pursue a passion for art. For some, the decision came in a dream. Such was the case with Joseph E. Yoakum (1891–1972). Growing up poor on Chicago’s South Side with little schooling, he was drafted into the Army during World War I and served overseas before returning to Chicago. The troubled Yoakum led a mostly itinerant life, leaving home to work in circuses as a handyman, and, for a short time, he was institutionalized in a Chicago mental hospital.

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Slotin delivers fun folk art while raising funds for Paradise Garden, Aug.5-6

Eddy Mumma, ‘Portrait with Red Face,’ estimated at $800-$1,200. Proceeds to benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction
Eddy Mumma, ‘Portrait with Red Face,’ estimated at $800-$1,200. Proceeds to benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation
Eddy Mumma, ‘Portrait with Red Face,’ estimated at $800-$1,200. Proceeds to benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction

BUFORD, Ga. – For 30 years, Slotin Auction has been the premier auction house bringing self-taught art, outsider art and folk art to the market. Its next sale, planned for Saturday, August 5 and Sunday, August 6 and featuring 920 lots, is guaranteed to put a smile on your face and bring fun, affordable, colorful, creative pieces to the auction block. In addition, 50 lots included in this sale will benefit the Paradise Garden Foundation, which preserves Howard Finster’s famous fanciful environment and provides educational opportunities to art enthusiasts of all ages. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Contemporary works invited to the self-taught art party at Slotin, April 22-23

Roger Brown’s ‘Visit the Oregon Coast,’ a 52in-tall oil on canvas from 1979 with a 3-D platform for four taxidermy seagulls, carries the auction’s highest estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Though academically trained, the Alabama-born Chicago artist collected and drew inspiration from Southern folk art. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction
Roger Brown’s ‘Visit the Oregon Coast,’ a 52in-tall oil on canvas from 1979 with a 3-D platform for four taxidermy seagulls, carries the auction’s highest estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Though academically trained, the Alabama-born Chicago artist collected and drew inspiration from Southern folk art. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction
Roger Brown’s ‘Visit the Oregon Coast,’ a 52in-tall oil on canvas from 1979 with a 3-D platform for four taxidermy seagulls, carries the auction’s highest estimate: $100,000-$200,000. Though academically trained, the Alabama-born Chicago artist collected and drew inspiration from Southern folk art. Image courtesy of Slotin Folk Art Auction

BUFORD, Ga. – After 30 years of offering folk art and sundry other forms of untrained artistic expressions on the auction block, Steve Slotin approaches Slotin Folk Art Auction’s Spring Self-Taught Art Masterpiece Sale with the same fervent enthusiasm he exhibited in the beginning. Even if he’s claimed previously that this or that auction held the best art he’d ever assembled, Slotin is persuasive in proclaiming the April 22-23 sale as Slotin Folk Art’s best grouping yet. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Folk art and self-taught greats star at Slotin, April 23-24

 

Minnie Evans, ‘Queen of Garden with Flanking Angels,’ est. $10,000-$15,000
Minnie Evans, ‘Queen of Garden with Flanking Angels,’ est. $10,000-$15,000

BUFORD, Ga. – Slotin Folk Art will hold its next Self-Taught Art Masterpieces sale on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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