Art Toronto 2008: Harold Klunder

In a stand-alone booth beside the special projects of the AGO, MOCCA and the AGYU, Clint Roenisch will present a massive, early Harold Klunder triptych, “Future, Present, Past (Self-Portrait II)” at the Toronto International Art Fair. This rare painting, eight by twenty feet, was included in a solo show in New York at the 49th Parallel in 1990 and in the 1999 Klunder survey at MuseumLondon, curated by Ted Fraser. His catalogue essay relates Klunder’s work to that of Gorky, Kandinsky and Chaim Soutine, to Klunder’s Dutch predecessors Jacob Ruisdael and Mondrian, and to the operatic tableaux of Anselm Kiefer among others.

Roald Nasgaard also wrote of this painting in his book, Abstract Painting In Canada:

“…but over the 1980s [the paintings] developed into large and ambitious programmatic schemas with titles like ‘Future, Present, Past (Self-Portrait II), 1985 -1987’, replete with extended processions of symbolic images: human viscera, or primal forms drawn out of the unconscious or dreams, or echoes from the history of art..”