In 2019 (the last year the annual event operated normally), 70,000 people created Burning Man—a massive weeklong art encampment in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert populated by surrealistic structures, which resembled a futuristic civilization on another planet. Beyond the event itself, Burning Man comprises a significant art movement and an expanding cultural phenomenon, incorporating interactive and collaborative art, “radical self-expression,” “the gift economy,” and environmental responsibility.
Best known for his Burning Man images, photographer Gabe Kirchheimer is focused on outsider art, social justice, subcultures, and nature. His images have been featured in Artforum, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, US News, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Wired, Maxim, Psychology Today, The London Independent Sunday Review, The London Times, Il Venerdi di Repubblica, Panorama, Domus, FHM, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Science Illustrated, Stern, View, Mindfood, Peak, and Marie Claire, and on Good Morning America and CBS News. Solo shows include New York’s National Arts Club and Heart Galerie, Paris.
Since 2014, ilon Art Gallery, a boutique fine art photography gallery in Harlem, New York City, has made its mark by regularly exhibiting the work of both emerging and influential photographers in Uptown Manhattan. But this spring, the pandemic prompted owner Loni Efron, who has worked with artists and photographers for nearly three decades, to bring the gallery online, on Artsy (https://www.artsy.net/ilon-art-gallery). Gabe Kirchheimer’s Burning Man photos, which have been published in magazines and books worldwide and exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, are now featured by ilon Art Gallery on Artsy: https://www.artsy.net/show/ilon-art-gallery-burning-man-by-gabe-kirchheimer.