WHAT WE DO:
Colab is a New York-based creative agency representing artists in fine art and commercial fields. Our services include artist management, content development, production, licensing, curating, and art consultation on projects ranging in scale from public art installations to fully integrated campaigns across print, broadcast, and interactive medias.
Colab supports its clients and artists in producing high-visibility projects, special events, and exhibitions. We offer comprehensive services from concept to sponsorship through execution on projects that range from benefit events for non-profit organizations to music festivals and nationwide / international tours and exhibitions. We bring extensive expertise in fine art, music, publishing, and entertainment to our work with a diverse roster of award-winning talent and distinguished artists at the forefront of creating culture.
WHAT WE BELIEVE:
Colab serves artists and businesses seeking to do good and meaningful work in the world. Colab represents artists who define their culture and communities - locally and globally - through their creative vision and work they create everyday. We are honored to have worked with a global roster of companies who desire to shape culture, demonstrate social responsibility, and create new experiences for their audiences.
WHO WE ARE:
Lisa Shimamura | Founding Partner has served as an artist representative, fundraising consultant, and independent art curator for a diverse body of work for over 15 years. Prior to Colab, Lisa co-founded MAMA Reps in 2000, a NewYork-based artist management agency providing marketing services for agencies and brands worldwide. She has also served as Vice President of Production and Creative Development for Razorfish Studios, producing online exhibitions now included SF MoMA’s permanent collection. Her publishing experience includes building their fine arts and photography catalogue, including Ryan McGinness’ flatnessisgod and at The Monacelli Press on titles such as Rem Koolhas' S, M, L, XL.
Lisa is also a National Arts Strategies, Future Leadership Fellow. Her fine art experience includes development for the Phillips Collection and Washington Project for the Arts - now WPA\Corcoran Gallery of Art - DC’s leading center for contemporary art and emerging artists. She has been North American editor for the premiere of GRAPHIC, an international publication by BIS Amsterdam, and founded and produces Brooklyn’s annual ArtWalk with partners such as Time Warner, Artnet, and New York State Council on the Arts.
Kurt Langer | Partner has 15 years of experience in event production, artist management, and youth marketing. He worked for the Beastie Boys' Milarepa Fund from 1996-2001 as a producer of the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, raising over $3 million for the foundation. During this time, Kurt also served as the Milarepa Fund's "Minister of Information" (Marketing Director) and produced feature films, tours, websites, radio/TV spots, and cause-based merchandise to engage youth in Milarepa Fund's causes.
Following this, Kurt co-founded Scratch Worldwide Media, LLC., an LA-based film production company, record label, and merchandiser. While there, he co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary film "SCRATCH: All the Way Live" and created the Scratch Tour, which traveled internationally and featured such artists as Jurassic 5, DJ Shadow, Kid Koala, Q-bert, X-ecutioners and Z-Trip. Sharing offices with and working in collaboration with Shepard Fairey/SNO, Scratch also launched a clothing line and street marketing team.
Kurt also serves on the Board of Directors of the 501(c)3 non-profit organization Students for a Free Tibet and oversaw a tripling of their budget from $350K in 2006 to $1M+ in 2008.
Maki Kaoru | Director, Artist Management and International Development is originally from Japan and has over 5 years of experience working as an artist representative and a promoter for illustrators and photographers. Prior to Colab, Maki served as a creative agent for a New York and Tokyo based illustration agency representing over 25 international artists for various commercial projects worldwide and has worked with international clients like Die Gestalten, Vogue Italia, Conde Nast Verlag, AllRightsReserved in Hong Kong, and many others. Since 2007, she has been assisting to curate and organize North American tours and exhibitions for established sound artists from Japan to institutions including Vancouver New Music, Time-Based Art Festival in Portland, Issue Project Room, and The Kitchen in New York.
Besides her professional work experiences, Maki is also an artist and photographer whose works have been shown in galleries, art organizations and educational institutions in US and Canada and received numerous fellowships and residencies including the New York Foundation for the Arts for Immigrant Artist Project and Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. Also, her public art project was supported by Alliance for Downtown New York in 2011.
Kate Kittredge | Director, Production and Creative Development has been working with artists, brands and publications for over 10 years to bring a wide range of creative ideas to life. Most recently, Kate has been working as an independent producer of photo shoots, music videos, fashion shows and various art and music events. She has a background in photography, and spent 5 years as a post-producer from 2006-2011, working closely with renowned fashion photographers, agencies and production houses to execute numerous world-wide print campaigns, editorial and fine art projects. Prior to that she served as event producer to Nike's Project Classified NYC series, and as Associate Publisher of Index Magazine. While working for Open Studio from 2001-2004, Kate helped to produce video installations for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Hall of Fame and motion-graphics for the Bravo network re-design, and the PBS show, Art:21. She is currently a co-curator to The Wassaic Project Summer Music Festival, a non-profit, free arts and music festival in Upstate New York.
Simeon Lipman | Director, Entertainment has over 15 years of experience working as a Pop Culture historian and expert. His knowledge and expertise in the field ranges from Contemporary Art to Music and Film history to Sports. Prior to joining Colab as an agent specializing in Entertainment, Original Content and Artist collaborative Editions and Products, Simeon worked with Christie's Auction House, curating notable events such as the groundbreaking Punk Sale held in New York City, 2008. This event celebrated the Punk aesthetic; its cultural significance as both an historic music genre and a valid and extremely influential art movement, encompassing its distinct attitude, design and ephemera. Other recent sales have included art from the Street and Designer Toy sub-cultures. Simeon has also been privately appraising collections, curating auctions and exhibitions, and coordinating culturally relevant events for the past 15 years. In 2010, he co-founded "The Art Hustle" series of collectible artist trading cards. Since 1997, he has been a regularly featured appraiser on PBS's Antiques Roadshow.
Sharing a commitment to a high level of service to both artist and brand clients, Colab partners closely with New York-based, Anonymous Gallery to seamlessly provide a broadened range of services across campaigns, special events, product development, and marketing. By special arrangement, this partnership brings an expanded network to an international group of artists and an extended range of campaign and experiential opportunities across diverse media.