April 18, 2021


Let the travel work for you

Harold Ancart: Traveling Light | David Zwirner

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David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by the Belgian-born, New York–based artist HaroldAncart at the gallery’s 525 & 533 West 19th Street locations in New York. This presentation marks the artist’s secondsolo show with David Zwirner following his 2018 debut at our London gallery.

On view in one gallery space will be a new series of paintings that depicts trees. These works were painted betweenAncart’s Brooklyn studio and a makeshift outdoor studio in Los Angeles, which he traveled to during lockdown.Pointing to references as varied as René Magritte, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, and Piet Mondrian, who approachedthis subject matter in distinct ways, Ancart’s tree paintings blur form and color, figure and ground, and figurationand abstraction.

In the adjoining gallery space, there will be two multipanel canvases that situate the viewer between amountain-scape and a seascape, both monumental in scale. These works are inspired in part by the artist’sencounter with the modernist landscape murals of the American painter Gottardo Piazzoni (1872–1945) permanentlyinstalled at the De Young Museum, San Francisco.

The exhibition constructs an immersive landscape experience, and together, the works on view comprise ameditation on the expansive possibilities of painting.

This exhibition is carbon neutral. The carbon footprint of the exhibition was calculated with the assistance of AtelierTen and offset with a NY State based carbon sequestration program contributing to the capturing of landfill orlivestock methane gas.

A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue will be published in 2021 by David Zwirner Books.

HaroldAncart​ was born in Brussels in 1980 and received his MFA at École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Visuels dela Cambre in 2007. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.In 2019 to 2020, the Public Art Fund presented ​Harold Ancart: Subliminal Standard​ at Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn.Ancart’s work was also featured in a solo exhibition, ​Harold Ancart: Untitled (There is no there there)​, at The Menil Collection, Houston, in 2016. The artist has participated in solo and group exhibitions around the world atinstitutions including the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Ghent (2019); Centre Pompidou-Metz,Metz, France (2018); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); and WIELSCentre d’Art Contemporain, Brussels (2012).

Ancart has also published a number of artist books, including ​Harold Ancart: Soft Places​ (Triangle Books, 2018) andTokyo Private (Un Roman Photo) ​(Zolo Press, 2019).Works by the artist are included in the permanent collections of numerous institutions worldwide, including the Fondation Beyeler, Basel; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; Lenbachhaus, Munich;Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebæk, Denmark; The Menil Collection, Houston; Musée d’Art Moderne de laVille de Paris; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; andWhitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Harold Ancart: Pools​, an online exhibition of the artist’s work, was presented in the spring of 2020 by David Zwirner.In 2018, the gallery exhibited a solo show of new iceberg paintings by the artist at its London location.

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