Carl Hammer Gallery


Carl Hammer is gallery that has been on of the primary international pioneers discovering, exhibiting, and contributing to the scholarship and connoisseurship of outsider art.

This, in turn, has helped lead to the incorporation of outsider art into the contemporary art mainstream. The subsequent learning process contributed immensely to the gallery’s growth and vision.

Later, the addition of mainstream artists to the gallery’s list of those it represented was aided, in large part, by the aesthetic earlier developed by the outsider art influence. Today the artists we are proud to go forward with into the 21st century are all decisively unique in their own personal visions and means of expression. They all share, however, in the process of successfully identifying that which makes us American, and, more importantly, that which makes us all Human. Their issues, as seen through their art, celebrate both the triumphs and tragedies of the human experience and range from the personal exploration of the ravages of breast cancer, to the exaltation of achieving freedom from externally imposed slavery.

Carl Hammer Gallery
740 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60610