In the Belgian artist Harold Ancart's rich new body of work, he turns the tranquil seascape into a meditation on painting itself.
Harold Ancart (b. 1980) is a Belgian-born, New York-based artist who works in various media including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Bob Nickas, a writer and curator based in New York, has organized more than 120 exhibitions since 1984. His books include Painting Abstraction: New Elements in Abstract Painting (2014) and four collections of his writings and interviews: Live Free or Die (2000), Theft Is Vision (2007), The Dept. of Corrections (2016), and Komplaint Dept. (2018). Most recently, he has contributed essays to Vija Celmins (2018), Brand New: Art & Commodity in the 1980s (2018), Robert Grosvenor (2020), and Josh Smith: Emo Jungle (David Zwirner Books, 2020). Laura McLean-Ferris is chief curator at Swiss Institute, New York, and a writer. She regularly contributes to Artforum, ArtReview, Art-Agenda, Even, frieze, Mousse, and Flash Art, and has authored catalogue essays for monographs on the work of Nina Beier, Anna-Sophie Berger, Dom Sylvester Houedard, Deimantas Narkevicius, Rachel Rose, and Hayley Tompkins. She was the recipient of the 2015 Creative Capital Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant and her short-form collection, The Lacustrine, was published in 2016.