Harold Ancart: Soft Places is available for online reading from February 22 through March 23 as part of Artist Spotlight: Harold Ancart. It features selected works on paper that Ancart made between 2009 and 2015 as well as writing by the artist. Published by Triangle Books, the book presents Ancart’s first semiabstract and monochromatic drawings and his psychedelic colorful landscapes.
Harold Ancart: Soft Places, 2nd ed. (Brussels: Triangle Books, 2018)
May 1, 2019–March 1, 2020
Cadman Plaza Park, New York
Commissioned by Public Art Fund, Harold Ancart has created this painted concrete sculpture as an homage to the accidental abstract compositions that appear on New York City’s ubiquitous freestanding handball walls. Fascinated by seemingly quotidian found forms and patterns, Ancart sees the mismatched repainting and partial repairs that mask graffiti and other wear on these courts as “subliminal,” inadvertent masterpieces and relishes their fortuitous connection to the canon of abstract art.
Harold Ancart, Subliminal Standard, 2019, installation view, Cadman Plaza Park, New York © Harold Ancart. Photo: Nicholas Knight