Carl Hammer Gallery

Carl Hammer Gallery represents both modern and contemporary art from the 20th and 21st centuries. The gallery’s reputation, recognized worldwide, was established by its leadership for discovering and representing historically significant artists within the “Outsider” and self–taught genres. Today, artists from both the “Monster Roster” and the Chicago “Imagist” traditions are an integral part of the gallery’s programming. Renowned for this unique blending of artists, visions and backgrounds, Carl Hammer Gallery has carved out a unique niche among 21st century contemporary art galleries and is known for having pioneered much of the scholarship and connoisseurship leading to inclusion of Outsider artists like Henry Darger, Bill Traylor, Joseph Yoakum, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and others into international art importance. The dialogue between mainstream and Outsider artists is influential in determination of both our exhibition criteria and artist representation.

Artists represented: Don Baum, Guy Benson, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Roger Brown, Jordan Davies, William Dawson, Howard Finster, Aristotle Georgiades, Vanessa German, Lee Godie, Neil Goodman, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Cameron Gray, Alicia Henry, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Miyoko Ito, Frank Jones, Kahn and Selesnick, Jay Kelly, Sarp Kerem Yavuz, Leonard Koscianski, Amy Laskin, Mole and Thomas, Marilyn Murphy, Ed Paschke, Jan Petry, Bill Rauhauser, Francois Robert, David Sharpe, Hollis Sigler, Fred Stonehouse, Bill Traylor, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Joseph Yoakum, Albert Zahn, Mary Lou Zelazny


Exhibition openings are held on the First Friday of odd number months from 5:30–8pm.


Gallery exhibitions scheduled for 2020:

Aviv Benn

Alicia Henry

CJ Pyle

Mary Lou Zelazny


Carl Hammer Gallery celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2019


To read CGN's 2016 interview with Carl Hammer, click here.


Top images from left: CJ Pyle, Aviv Benn, Mary Lou Zelazny, Bill Traylor

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