Bob Marley: Soul Rebel | David Burnett Exhibition | iLon Art Gallery (204 West 123rd Street | NYC)
ilon Art Gallery is pleased to invite you to celebrate the exhibition by David Burnett in partnership with Intaglio Blockchain titled "Bob Marley: Soul Rebel" on view from Friday, 29 March through Saturday, 25 May 2019. An opening reception will which will take place this Friday, 29 March 2019 from 6pm-8:30pm at iLon Art Gallery located at 204 West 123rd Street in Harlem, New York City. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested media who wish to interview the artist, obtain press packets or images please contact Workhouse, CEO Adam Nelson via email email@example.com or telephone +1 212. 645.8006.
Legendary photojournalist David Burnett, in the mid 70’s, turned his camera to a young musician named Bob Marley. Bob Marley had started an industry revolution and was bringing attention to his Jamaican homeland and the Rastafarian culture. This was a phenomenon that has had a profound influence on music since.
“Our assignment was about reggae, and Bob Marley was the man,” writes David Burnett. “I was on assignment for Time Magazine to go to Jamaica and visually capture the roots of reggae". Burnett rejoined Marley in 1977, this trip with Rolling Stone Magazine, to photograph Bob Marley and Wailers for the Exodus tour thru Europe. Capturing the legend at an exceptional moment in time, Burnett’s work intersects with both the zenith of Marley’s career and the traumatic upheaval of Bob Marley's flight from Jamaica after an attempt on his life.
As for any reggae lover or music history buff, David Burnett offers a matchless glimpse into the Bob Marley life at home in Jamaica. David Burnetts’s photographs take us to the soul of Bob Marley, Jamaica and its people.
This exhibition is proud to be presented by Intaglio Blockchain. Intaglio's groundbreaking technology provides artists, museums, dealers collectors and auction houses with a trusted network of blockchains to record authenticity and provenance. Blockchain technology increases trust by its immutable, date and time stamped ledger-type technology, where records are public and information is transparent. All information placed on the Intaglio blockchain is recorded by a verified, certified entity. Blockchain technology can do what no other technology has been able to do for art and photography: provide immutable, trustworthy provenance. Objects are enriched with links to historic, cultural and academic information by sourcing data from the Getty Museum and the Library of Congress.
All 35 works presented by David Burnett in Bob Marley: Soul Rebel are recorded on an Intaglio Blockchain. Join us Friday at the opening celebration for a the inaugural demonstration of this incredible technology. For more visit intaglioblockchain.com.
David Burnett is a legendary photojournalist, known for his work covering world leaders, international conflicts, and Olympic medalists. Traveling to more than seventy-five countries, Burnett has produced photographic essays for Time, Life, Fortune, The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and many others. His awards include Magazine Photographer of the Year from the Pictures of the Year Competition, the World Press Photo of the Year, and the Robert Capa Award from the Overseas Press Club, to name but a few. David launched his photographic career as an intern at Time magazine in 1967. From 1970 to 1972, he covered the Vietnam War as a staff photographer for Life magazine. In 1975, he co-founded Contact Press Images in New York.
ilon Art Gallery is a boutique fine art and photography gallery located in the heart of Harlem. In a historic brownstone, the gallery is an inviting venue to view art and gather. The gallery provides unique access to a vast amount of photographers and artists throughout the world. Although the gallery has days it is open to the public please, check the website www.ilonartgallery.com or Instagram @ilonartgallery, it is by appointment. Please email Loni at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loni Efron, gallery director, curator, archivist and software designer founded the gallery in 2014 out of a love of photography. Over two decades earlier, Loni founded ilon and Company, one of the first archival firms in the country working, with the industries top artists. Starting with two clients, Annie Leibovitz and David LaChappelle, she began her archiving empire. Archiving and monetizing the collections are the main objects however creating an optimal, post production workflow using the latest technologies is essential to the solution. Loni designed the iDatabase family- iArchive, iGallery, iCollection, iMange, iInventory; custom archive solutions that double as tools for the entire office management solution and part of her custom toolbox.
David Burnett is a photojournalist with more than 5 decades of work covering the news, the people, and visual tempo of our age. He is co-founder of Contact Press Images, the New York based photojournalism agency, now entering its 42nd year. In a recent issue of American Photo magazine Burnett was named one of the "100 Most Important People in Photography." (That made his mom very happy.) In the spring of 2018, David was awarded the Sprague Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Press Photographers Association, though he claims he is trying to figure out what his subsequent 'lifetime' work will be. Here on this site are images of history unfolding: war, sport, politics, the famous, the infamous, and the Unfamous. Work is constantly being added, so come back and see one person's view of what our world of the past 40+ years looks like. In a world gone mad over digital photography, his kit includes a 70 year old Speed Graphic press camera, and a plastic $30 HOLGA. Each has a place along side his digital cameras, each camera a tool to find the right look for the right moment. The May/June 2010 issue of American Photo did a 10 page story on David, and his unique talent for staying ahead of the times. In July, 2011, David worked with Photographers for Hope to create a workshop for homeless news vendors in Glasgow, Scotland. Their work (see here) is a really wonderful show of what photography can do, when there is motivation. In late 2015 Photographers For Hope came to Newburgh NY shooting for a week and doing a 100 print show at the Ann St. Gallery. A book of those images -- "Newburgh Rising" -- was published -- in 2017.
Soul Rebel: An Intimate Portrait of Bob Marley is a collection of more than 200 images of Marley in the public eye, performing, back stage, and at home, documented by Burnett in his intimate, trademark style. $70
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THE BACHELOR: Real 40 Year-Old Virgin Brings Love Crusade to America (Spring, 2019)
From Ghosting to Orbiting, Curving to Benching, Breadcrumbing to Bird Boxing, has true romance become an instagram ideal more than a romantic pursuit? For many, the glow of amorous bliss can only be found in the realms of nostalgia regimented to cinematic serenades, romance novels, love songs, and ABC’s The Bachelor. Determining devotion through suggestive Snapchats instead of candlelit conversation has been going strong since the birth of Tinder in 2012. In this sea of social separation, can Prince Charming truly exist? Within romantic hearts and minds is the yearning to unearth a love story of astonishing power. To find Love in the Time of Cholera. The Bachelor has gained notoriety for how quickly it can craft its contestants to fall in love. But at the heart of the matter many know true love cannot be found within the formulaic foundation of the television screen but through the projection of intention.
With the series end of The Bachelor last week starring football player Colton Underwood, Philipp Hebestreit has elected to bring his worldwide love crusade stateside. The handsome, academic, 40 year-old “real-virgin bachelor” launched his “Free Philie” campaign ten years ago, on his 30th birthday, in an attempt to enlist the public in helping him find the "one.” He has since made international headlines due to a vast and unique, crowd-sourced approach to matrimony.
To arouse interest in the heavenly hope of finding "Miss Right," Hebestreit brings his ultimate soulmate search to America for the very first time. In advance of arrival, Hebestreit will launch his "Free Philie" ad campaign in New York City's Times Square district this month.
“My parents are my inspiration and the reason I began this campaign to find my one true love,” said Hebestreit. “They have been deeply in love for several decades and it’s the kind of everlasting love you just don’t see anymore.”
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Since 2008, “Free Philie” has been one of the largest and most elaborate partner searches in the world. This globally unique project was founded rather simply by Philipp who took to the internet to post his initial “love plea” on his personal blog – expressing the depth of his lonely heart. After receiving a groundswell of interest from women who desired to know if they were his match, he expanded the campaign onto the streets using flyers and large posters throughout several German cities in hopes of finding his one and only.
From newspaper advertisements, recorded video messages and bulletins, Philipp began to equip automobiles with flags and laminated foils. Whether it was advertising columns, lanterns or large parking lots, nothing seemed safe from his self-created “Free Philie” handbills and posters. His travels through different cities allowed new opportunities to enlarge the campaign. In Hamburg, he wore a full body shield and stood before a billboard proclaiming his mission. In Düsseldorf, he covered an entire house in printed tarpaulin amplifying his adventure. He released thousands of handwritten “messages in bottles” off the coast of Sylt in the North Sea (some of those can still be found today). With urgent optimism, he papered cities with posters, wallpapered dilapidated houses, placed placards in public spaces, distributed leaflets, released balloons before sailing over one city in a paramotor plane to drop flyers. What began as desirous determination within a single city, “Free Philie” soon engulfed a mass of international regions. Advertisments began to take on daring and audacious new actions. In Amsterdam, sheets were attached to bridges and spray painted with the crusade's logo while electric boats sailed down town canals. In London, he erected speaking stands at the Speaker’s Corner and within Piccadilly Circus. Soon, clotheslines hung in Belgian inner cities festooned with thousands of postcards. In St Petersburg, the cultural capital of Russia, he created a sculpture of fairytale figures reinforcing attention upon his ardent quest. In Paris, the city of love, he braided the tress of the Champs-Elysee with thousands of cardboard signs. A large inflated Frog King was placed at the Eiffel Tower with a sign that simply said “Ready for Love.” Using a novel mix of action & performance art, entertainment, installations, street art, social media, video, literature and music the "Free Philie" campaign echoed with social commentary, highlighting a then unprecedented anti-neosexual revolution. Through its creation, Philipp Hebestriet conceived what he christened “love Art” whose installations could now be seen as far away as Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Italy.
As has been widely reported, Philipp Hebestreit was one of the fist virgin man to turn to the public aid in finding his very first girlfriend. The search for this love of his life drew attention to his untouched virginal beliefs in a highly sexualized society. During the "Free Philie" campaign he protested against the ubiquitous marketing and industrialization of sexuality in Western society. At 30 years old, Philipp was amongst just 10% of European men who were still virgins. For those who chose sexual abstinence, most did not share this information with the closets of friends for fear of being socially convicted as abnormal. In Europe, Philipp was viewed as a taboo-breaker for the way he tackled the topic of his virginity, which many thought of as both unprecedented and courageous. By encouraging others to see not see virginity as a shortcoming but a life attitude, one that leaves room for the commitment of ’true love," he broke the lance for those who chose to do the same. This caused a raft of public discussion and lead to a good deal of media attention. For years, he was the only German man willing to discuss this in public and under his real name. Through the “Free Phillie” campaign he distorted the flawed media reputation of male virginity in the Western world, one whose view of virgins was considered embarrassing, and shameful.
“Free Philie” quickly aroused interest and hit an international nerve. Letters, postcards, boxes, packages and parcels, registered and freight mail, telegrams, faxes, SMS and emails poured in from celebrities, politicians and church representatives from 104 countries. Philipp received cuddly toys, homemade videos, drawings, books, flowers, invitations with plane and railroad tickets, self-made cakes, lingerie, nude photos, cropped hair, perfume and more. Women camped outside of his doorway. A teacher sent him a “Medal of Knightliness.” The post office box he leased specifically for the project was terminated. The reason? A 1.50 meter teddy bear.
Ten years after its inception, this 40-year-old-virgin will bring his “Free Philie” campaign and ultimate soulmate search to America. It will kick-off with an ad campaign in Times Square to arouse interest in hopes of finding "Miss Right." Philipp will then make domestic appearances and tease his whereabouts on "Free Philie" social media accounts. The odyssey of Philipp Hebestreit's incredible and unusual story will fully unfold in book form currently in production.
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