Monday, November 30, 2009

REPUBLIC member showcases women in the arts for Alpha Girls

Alpha Girls is an organization that strives to manifest the greatness of women around the world by highlighting the many accomplishments of women in society. The group focuses on cultivating the talents of young women in order establish women leaders for tomorrow.

REPUBLIC's Lauren Culbreth will be acting as the group's Global Director of Art. Her goal is to help bring this mission of positivity and equality beyond the board room and aid in fostering female leadership within the art community around the world.

Alpha Girls mission explains: "With young women growing into tomorrow's leaders, they can enable women in leadership with their collective intelligence, creativity and actions. This powerful bridge between Alpha Girls and Female Power Network can shape tomorrow's living standards for women globally. It is our greatest aspiration that our daughters will experience their lives with vigor and respect for their identity. This celebration and respect for ourselves can start to fill the gap between inequality among men and women in our confidence, history of leadership to top executive compensations."

Are you ready to rewrite the psychology of women with Self-love, Self-worth and Self-esteem? Are you ready to become a role model for our daughters to lead powerful positions in society and our sons to respect and honor all the women in their lives? Alpha Girls is ready to kick-start the history of women's leadership around the globe!. To realize such capacity and impact on our society, we need your ambition as our guide.

You can find out more about Alpha Girls at or join them on Facebook

Sunday, November 29, 2009

REPUBLIC representative at Art Basel Miami Beach

Samantha Katz of REPUBLIC Worldwide is heading to Art Basel Miami Beach today, to bring you updates on the world famous art fairs.
Attending for the second year, Samantha, as SUSHISAMBA's acting Art Director will be working on Graffiti Gone Global, presented by SUSHISAMBA. Taking place December 4-6th, 2009 during Art Basel Miami Beach. Curated by James and Karla Murray, authors of best-selling titles Store Front-The Disappearing Face of New York, Miami Graffiti, Broken Windows and Burning New York, the exhibition will feature a selection of work from today’s top street artists. This groundbreaking exhibition, set to take place in a 4,000 square foot venue in the Midtown Arts District, will be the largest of its kind in Miami. The opening VIP preview will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2009 from 7 PM to 9 PM at 3252 NE 1st Ave, Suite 101, Miami, FL 33127.

Exhibiting artists include: 131 Projects (Argentina), Aiko Nakagawa (Japan), Armogedon 2057 (Armenia), Billi Kid (Colombia), Crome (Miami), Cycle (NYC), David Cooper (NYC), Doze Green (NYC), Ewok One 5MH (NYC), Flip (Brazil), Ghost aka Cousin Frank (NYC), Jana Joana (Brazil), Lady Pink (Ecuador), Nina (Brazil), Shiro (Japan), Smael (Brazil), Sofia Maldonado (Puerto Rico), Suiko (Japan) and Vitché (Brazil).

Reaching beyond the typical white walls of an art fair, SUSHISAMBA has commissioned Miami-based architect HOX (Douglas Hoekzema) to design a sprawling, Brazilian-inspired favela structure for Graffiti Gone Global. HOX’s exhibition design consists of interlocking components of wood and steel that may be detached and sold as separate units, some of which will bear a signature graffiti piece. In addition, custom furniture designed by the several of the participating artists will be available for purchase.

In addition to producing and underwriting previous exhibitions such as GINZATROPICALIA, SUSHISAMBA has commissioned site-specific street art in SUSHISAMBA restaurants throughout the country. The recently opened Sugarcane Lounge in Las Vegas, NV features work from Graffiti Gone Global’s Brazilian artist “FLIP” Felipe Yung.

Bringing art to SUSHISAMBA is something that is a natural evolution in our whole concept and experience. We would only call upon the best talent to execute a dream that was sparked with the inception of Art Basel.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Cave In, Trap Them & Narrows played the new Knitting Factory in Brooklyn - Drew Kassl

words by BBG, (Brooklyn Vegan) photos by Sam Marble

Cave In

Cave In, Narrows, and Trap Them completed a short tour of the east coast as part of Cave In's first trek in close to four years. The band was also touring off of Planets of Old, which dropped earlier this year in limited vinyl, and will be released on CD with an accompanying DVD in the new year. Culled from their first reunion show in Boston, the DVD features live footage of the entire show. Dig on a taste of that here.

The show also marked the first East Coast date for supergroup Narrows, which features Dave Verellen of Botch, as well as members of Unbroken, Some Girls (which featured Wes Eisold of Cold Cave), and many others. For Trap Them, it was their first NYC show since pummeling NYC with Napalm Death, Coliseum, Kataklysm and Toxic Holocaust.

Coliseum, who recently played Fun Fun Fun Fest with Coalesce, are heading back out with the KC band and hitting up NYC on Dec 30 at Europa with A Storm Of Light. Tickets are on sale.

More pics from the Brooklyn show below...

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Art Basel Miami Beach 2009

What's the most anticipated winter art event in America?
If you were thinking ART BASEL, then you would be absolutely correct.

Art Basel 2009 starts on Thursday December 3 and finishes up Sunday December 6 at Miami Beach Convention Center: 1901 Convention Center Dr. Miami, Florida, 33139

The Temporary Exhibition costs: $35 (one-day pass), $55 (two-day pass), $75 (permanent pass), $15 (after 5 pm), $20 (reduced price ticket--seniors, students, groups 10+) and it's totally worth it!

Art Basel Miami Beach is the most important art show in the United States, a cultural and social highlight for the Americas. Art Basel Miami Beach combines an international selection of top galleries with an exciting program of special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design. Exhibition sites are located in the city’s beautiful Art Deco District, within walking distance of the beach and many hotels.

Art Basel is the favorite winter meeting place for the international art world. An exclusive selection of more than 220 leading art galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa will exhibit 20th and 21st century artworks by over 2,000 artists. The show will be a vital source for art lovers, allowing them to both discover new developments in contemporary art and experience rare museum-calibre artworks.

Samantha Katz of REPUBLIC Worldwide will be attending Art Basel for the second year in a row. Keep checking back in for her updates during the event!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Visit Farmani Gallery in DUMBO for tons of great exhibitions

"Just hear those sleigh bells jingling, ring-ting-tingling, too. Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you..." Is it too early for some Holiday Cheer? I must say I am a fan of a good holiday song. If you're not ready for the sleigh ride, you should be ready for a Subway ride into DUMBO and a visit to the Farmani Gallery. There is so much to see and do.
Before you enjoy some turkey and stuffing, visit us for the final days of "New York Visions 1940's-50's," a joint exhibition of Photo League photographers, Fred Stein & Erika Stone, which ends this Sunday. Or you can hop on and off the art bus for Brooklyn's smART gallery hop. Lastly, ring in the New Year with our final show of 2009, "Let's Get Lost" photography by Jim McHugh.
Farmani Gallery
The crowds have deemed New York Visions 1940's-50'sone of our most charming shows. Both Stein and Stonecapture New York at its element. From the Bowery Beautiesto the quintessential views of Harlem, Central Park and theBrooklyn Bridge, these iconic images stand the test of time.

For anyone who appreciates vintage New York imagery, this is a perfect way to add original prints to your art collection or perhaps consider giving one as a gift. Each print is black and white and printed on archival museum quality paper. A mix of vintage and modern prints are available, all signed and editioned on the verso. Prices begin at $400.

The show ends at 6PM Sunday, November 22, but we will continue to hold some of the prints at the gallery through the end of the year. For more information or to get jpegs of the work please email us
Art blogs are a-buzz over the second year of Brooklyn'ssmART gallery hop happening this weekend.

We will be participating by opening the gallery on a Sunday from 1-6PM with the rest of the wonderful art spaces at 111 Fronts St. and in the DUMBO neighborhood. We provide light beverages and fantastic and affordable art.

Bring your artistic sensibility and your holiday spirit, this will be the place to get all your holiday shopping done!
Jim McHugh is our final photographer for 2009! Opening on Thursday, December 03, 2009 with an evening reception from 6-8:30PM, for his series"Let's Get Lost," an homage to Los Angeles and the photographer’s grandfather Jimmy McHugh the legendary songwriter who wrote the melody for this evocative, timeless standard of the same title. Jimmy McHugh also wrote “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby" and many other songs from the Great American Songbook. Jim McHugh photographs the Los Angeles of that era.

McHugh's exhibit will feature selections from his vast portfolio of iconic architecture and landscapes of Los Angeles. McHugh's artistic vision captures a noir-like sensibility, using his eye through the camera lens to give the audience a unique way of looking at these old standards among the "city of angels."

McHugh has shown in the United States and Internationally, most recently in Paris, with his exhibit "L.A. Skies." Much has been written about McHugh's photography. Barbara Isenberg, author of "Conversations with Frank Gehry" wrote, "Jim McHugh captures a Los Angeles in a simpler time. He evokes in these luminous, elegant photographs the Los Angeles of our memories."
Of "L.A. Skies," Joseph Giovanni, writer of Art and Architecture for the New York Timeswrites, "McHugh specializes in the city hiding in plain sight. His establishing shots are the Art Deco pre-WW II buildings of L.A. - Collectively this group of images creates an armature of elegance that was once perhaps the rule but now escapes our modern consciousness."

Jim McHugh will be at attendance for the opening and he will also be available on Saturday, December 05, from 1-6PM at the gallery for "Artists Open Forum" to answer questions and discuss his work.
For information on any exhibits or events in the newsletter, please contact the Farmani Gallery or call 718-578-4478 or
The Farmani Gallery is located at 111 Front St., Ste. 212, Brooklyn, NY in the DUMBO neighborhood between Washington and Adams St. By subway take A or C to High St., F to York St. or 2 and 3 to Clark St. Station. Gallery hours: Wed. – Sat.: 1 – 6PM. Information: or ph# 718-578-4478

First Way of the Word series: SUCCESS!

Success! REPUBLIC wants to thank everyone who came out to B.O.A. in the East Village on Wednesday Nov. 11th for our first Way Of The Word poetry event. Curated by Marissa Forbes, in support of the READ literacy foundation.

It was a remarkable night beginning with an interactive gallery hour featuring work by Edward Hopely, Jason K Tallon, Brian Van Remmen and a journal by Robert Snyderman that documented his journey across America.

Once in full swing, the evening transitioned into one uniquely memorable reading after the other by poets Aldrin Valdez, Khephran Riddick, Peter Ford, Davey Vacek, Katie Przybylski, Lonely Christopher, Robert Snyderman, Marissa Forbes, Brian Van Remmen, and Jason K Tallon.

REPUBLIC wants to thank all of the readers and participants, especially the jazz group Me & Him and DJ Jeffrey Tonnesen for keeping the good vibes rolling on late into the night.

We also want to thank the READ foundation and Bar On A for their time and efforts.

Way Of The Word anthology Vol.1 Edition 1, which includes work by the poets from the event along with many others from around the nation is still available for purchase.

To purchase limited edition copies of Way Of The Word Vol.1 Edition 1 please contact Marissa Forbes at or call 443. 528. 6761 for more information. The anthology will also be available soon at

Thanks again and stay tuned for upcoming events and future REPUBLIC projects or leave comments and questions by adding yourself to our mailing list. Simply write

All photos by Sean McGurn

Many more can be viewed on the Artspace NYC facebook profile

Sunday, November 8, 2009

REPUBLIC presents the first annual Way of the Word - Nov. 11, 2009

Save The Date! Wednesday November 11, 2009
REPUBLIC Worldwide Presents:
It is in the spirit of language arts that on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 REPUBLIC presents the first installment of its recurring “Way of the Word” program at Bar On A, 170 Avenue A (between 10th and 11th) in Manhattan.

WAY OF THE WORD is a unique evening of art, poetry, performance and music by emerging artists in the New York poetry world.

Visual Poets include: Edward Hopely, Brian VanRemmen and more
Slam poets: Khephran Riddick and Aldrin Valdez
Traditional poets: Davey Vacek, Katie Przybylski, Marissa Forbes, Peter Ford, and three founding members of a Brooklyn based poetry group called The Corresponding Society—Lonely Christopher, Robert Snyderman, and Jason Tallon.

Musical performance by Me & Him

Doors open at 7pm with a visual and interactive gallery hour for the artists, poets, and guests before the readings begin at 8pm.

Drink specials from 7 to 9pm provided by Bar On A

A short event anthology, featuring poets from the show and around the nation will be available for purchase online and at the door.
Portions of the proceeds will be donated to Reading Excellence and Discovery(READ), a foundation that promotes literacy by pairing qualified high school tutors with elementary students who demonstrate below grade level reading skills.

For more information about “Way of the Word,” R.E.A.D. or REPUBLIC please contact or / call 443. 528. 6761 or 917. 478. 7513