Carl Hammer Gallery

Carl Hammer Gallery represents both historical and contemporary art from both the 20th and 21st centuries.  Though recognized internationally for its role leading to the discovery of significant artists from both “Outsider” and self-taught genres, the gallery’s scope and vision additionally includes representation of artists from Chicago “Imagist” and modern art traditions as well.  Significantly, all components form an integral link connecting gallery aesthetics to exhibition programming. Viewed as a “pioneer” for its role in discovering exceptional and internationally acclaimed “Outsider artists” Henry Darger, Bill Traylor, Joseph Yoakum, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein and others, Carl Hammer Gallery is renowned for its unique blending of artists, visions and backgrounds.  Thus, the dialogue between mainstream and Outsider artists continues to be an influential determination of our exhibition criteria, our artist selection, and our world view ideals.

Artists represented: Don Baum, Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, Guy Benson, Marcos Bontempo, Roger Brown, Jordan Davies, Henry Darger, William Dawson, Howard Finster, Vanessa German, Lee Godie, Neil Goodman, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Alicia Henry, Michael Hernandez de Luna, Ray Johnson, Frank Jones, Kahn and Selesnick, Jay Kelly, Leonard Koscianski, Amy Laskin, Mole and Thomas, Marilyn Murphy, Ed Paschke, Jan Petry, Bill Rauhauser, Francois Robert, David Sharpe, Hollis Sigler, Fred Stonehouse, Tattoo artists, Bill Traylor, Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, H.C. Westermann, Joseph Yoakum, Albert Zahn, Mary Lou Zelazny


Opening September 11, 2020: Sincerely. . . an exhibition of works by two seminal Pop Art figures of the 1950’s:  H.C. Westermann and Ray Johnson

All 2020 exhibition openings: Saturdays, 12:00-5:00 P.M.


Image: Henry Darger, At Jennie Richee . . .

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