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Opening Reception: Wednesday, november 14 | 6 – 8 PM
On View: november 14 - 16, 2018
Where: 345 East 104th street, new york, ny 10029
This Fall, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York MA in Contemporary Art curatorial course will be mounting a series of exhibitions. You’re invited to the opening receptions for our student-curated exhibitions. Learn more about the exhibition series.

A Body of Art: Phenomenological Viewings – On view November 14 - 16, 2018

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is pleased to present A Body of Art: Phenomenological Viewings, an off-site exhibition curated by Master of Art Business candidates Dr Jenna Ferrey and Brandon Reis.

A Body of Art: Phenomenological Viewings focuses on the notion that all art is inherently physical -- artists engage with the work, the viewer interprets its physical sensory data; and, in some instances, the body becomes the medium for the art itself. Exploring the latter point further, this show looks to explore the body in contemporary art; specifically, the methods through which the body is handled in an artful manner, to convey messages beyond its anatomical function. How do we as a society engage the body? How do we become more intimate with the body -- or, perhaps, what barriers do we put in place to alienate it?

This show, through the collaborative efforts of Dr. Jenna Ferrey and Brandon Reis, seeks to add to this dialogue, calling into question the aesthetic prejudices in what society considers as art worth recognizing.


In what will be a first for Sotheby's Institute, this curation will feature an installation where participants may sit for a tattoo with artists from Citizen Ink. Citizen Ink has designed flash tattoos specifically for this occasion, within the $50-200 range. For any inquiries regarding sitting for a tattoo, please refer to the link here.


Erica Simone is a Franco-American photographer and artist, based between New York City, Paris and Los Angeles. Erica works on assignment for commercial and editorial clients from around the globe and is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post. Her award-winning images have appeared in publications such as National Geographic, New York Mag, Marie Claire, Elle, The NY Daily News, PHOTO, PDN, Town & Country, Le Parisien, and many others. Simone’s photographs have been exhibited all over the world in solo shows, group shows and festivals, as well as featured on TV and in documentaries. Simone is also an active ambassador to the non-profit organization, Beauty for Freedom, directly working with international survivors of human trafficking.

Citizen Ink is a tattoo studio based in Brooklyn, New York. Each artist within the studio's program specializes in a unique aesthetic, from Traditional, Photo Realism, Blackwork, and Portraiture to Japanese and Tribal styles. As such, the works produced by these artists depict clean, bold linework and extraordinary imagery, transforming common tattoo motifs. Much like gallerists with art fairs, Citizen Ink has participated in several tattoo conventions, notably Inked Out, in New Jersey; and, has shown with the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention for several years, including 2018.