The Armory Show announced on Monday the participating artists in the 2018 Focus section, curated by Gabriel Ritter. Opening March 7th, Focus will examine how technology has mediated representation of the physical body and its emancipation in contemporary art. The Focus section brings together 28 galleries presenting 34 artists from 18 countries, whose work spans nearly five decades of artistic practice. The featured artists broadly question how technology has reimagined the physical body—as avatar, container, prosthesis, shell, surrogate, telepresence, or otherwise—as well its ongoing ramifications for understanding the evolving human condition.


Elaborating on this year’s theme, Ritter stated, “Today we live multiple lives both online and in real life with elastic identities that are seemingly boundless, open to fluid representation and constant reinterpretation via technology. But can the same be said of our physical bodies? Despite technology’s ever-quickening pace, we remain bound in many ways to our material bodies.”


Below is a sneak peek at some of the ambitious presentations we’re looking forward to.


Woody Vasulka at Berg Contemporary

Woody Vasulka, Noisefields 1974, photo Milos Strnad



Tabita Rezaire at Goodman Gallery

Tabita Rezaire



Karin Schneider at Lévy Gorvy

Installation view of Karin Schneider: Situational Diagram. Image courtesy of Lévy Gorvy.



Bruce Nauman at Sims Reed Gallery

Bruce Nauman, Life Mask Lithograph,1981.Signed and dated in pencil,numbered from the edition of 50.Printed on Arches Cover paper by Charly Ritt. Published by GeminiG.E.L.,Los Angeles,with their blind stamp.


Oliver Laric at Tanya Leighton 

Oliver Laric, Pan with Bears, 2017 Stereo lithography and selective laser sintering, polyamide, polished epoxy, TuskXC2700T, aluminum base



Gabriele Beveridge at Parisian Laundry

Gabriele Beveridge_Prophetic Souls (IV), courtesy of Parisian Laundry


Participating artists and galleries:

Patty Chang (1972, San Leandro, CA) | BANK (Shanghai)
Nicanor Aráoz (1981, Buenos Aires, Argentina), Amalia Ulman (1989, Buenos Aires, Argentina) | Barro (Buenos Aires)
Woody Vasulka (1937, Brno, Czech Republic) | Berg Contemporary (Reykjavik)
José Santos III (1970, Manila, Philippines) | The Drawing Room (Makati City)
Tishan Hsu (1951, Boston, MA), Takeshi Murata (1974, Chicago, IL) | Empty Gallery, (Hong Kong)
Dona Nelson (1947, Grand Island, NE) | Thomas Erben Gallery (New York)
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (1967, Mexico City, Mexico) | Max Estrella (Madrid)
Andrew Brischler (1987, Long Island, NY), Dean Sameshima (1971, Torrance, CA) | Gavlak Gallery (Los Angeles, Palm Beach)
Tabita Rezaire (1989, Paris, France) | Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town)
Rashid Rana (1968, Lahore, Pakistan) | Leila Heller Gallery (New York)
Park Hyun-ki (1942-2000, Osaka, Japan) | GALLERY HYUNDAI (Seoul)
Shahpour Pouyan (1979, Isfahan, Iran) | Lawrie Shabibi (Dubai)
Aleksandra Domanović (1981, Novi Sad, SFR Yugoslavia), Oliver Laric (1981, Innsbruck, Austria) | Tanya Leighton (Berlin)
Karin Schneider (1970, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) | Lévy Gorvy (New York, London, Geneva)
Lee Kit (1978, Hong Kong) | Jane Lombard Gallery (New York)
Carter Mull (1977, Atlanta, GA) | Lundgren Gallery (Palma)
Fabrice Samyn (1981, Brussels, Belgium) | Meessen De Clerq (Brussels)
Anne Libby (1987, Los Angeles, CA), Claire Tabouret (1981, Pertuis, France) | Night Gallery (Los Angeles)
Gabriele Beveridge (1985, Hong Kong) | Parisian Laundry (Montreal)
Regina José Galindo (1974, Guatemala City, Guatemala), Maria Evélia Marmolejo(1958, Pradera, Colombia) | Prometeogallery di Ida Pisani (Milan)
Tony Oursler (1957, New York, NY) | Redling Fine Art (Los Angeles)
Emma Amos (1938, Atlanta, GA) | RYAN LEE (New York)
J. PARK (1966, Daegu, South Korea) | Shin Gallery (New York)
Bruce Nauman (1941, Fort Wayne, IN) | Sims Reed Gallery (London)
Hermann Nitsch (1938, Vienna, Austria) | Marc Straus (New York)
Morehshin Allahyari (1985, Tehran, Iran) | Upfor Gallery (Portland)
Constant Dullaart (1979, Leiderdorp, Netherlands) | Upstream Gallery (Amsterdam)
Kei Imazu (1980, Yamaguchi , Japan) | Yamamoto Gendai (Tokyo)


Fair Dates:

VIP Preview Day (Invitation-only)
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Public Days
Thursday, March 8 – Sunday, March 11, 2018

Purchase tickets here.


top image //Tabita Rezaire, courtesy of Goodman Gallery