In the fall of 1979, Carl Hammer Gallery opened its doors on the fifth floor of the 620 N. Michigan gallery building amidst some of Chicago’s most prestigious and successful art gallery names. Today, most of those galleries no longer exist, but the fortuitous impact they and that location had on the evolution of what was to later become of Carl Hammer Gallery was immensely significant. There are many others to whom paying recognition is not adequate compensation for the years Carl Hammer Gallery has existed. A special salute combined with a profound sense of indebtedness is extended to all of the artists who have shown with us over the years. From a serendipitous first encounter with Chicago’s “Outsider” French Impressionist Lee Godie, to the discovery of the significant body of work by self-taught artist Bill Traylor, the inclusion of each new artist marked a continuation of more “discoveries” that were to be made, all truly important in the ensuing and defining years of Carl Hammer Gallery.
Extending deep gratitude to all artists, art colleagues, employees, and collectors who have contributed to Carl Hammer Gallery’s longevity in one way or another, “Thank you for the history you have helped create.”
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Image: Bill Traylor