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Salman Toor - Artists - Luhring Augustine
Salman Toor - Artists - Luhring Augustine

Salman Toor
Man with Flag, 2022
Oil on linen
49 x 41 inches
(124.5 x 104.1 cm)

Salman Toor’s sumptuous and insightful figurative paintings depict intimate, quotidian moments in the lives of fictional young, brown, queer men ensconced in contemporary cosmopolitan culture. His work oscillates between heartening and harrowing, seductive and poignant, inviting and eerie. 

In many of his paintings, he creates subtly disarming depictions of familiar domestic environments in which often-marginalized bodies flourish in safety and comfort. In other pieces, Toor creates allegorical spaces of waiting, anticipation, and apprehension; border crossings into a world that may or may not be welcoming. Central to his work are the anxieties and the comedy of identity. In creating his figures, he employs and destabilizes specific tropes in order to reflect on the way difference is perceived by the self and by others. As Whitney curators Christopher Lew and Ambika Trasi have noted, Toor’s project is one that examines “vulnerability within contemporary public and private life and the notion of community in the context of queer, diasporic identity.” Furthermore, in depicting the mundane and the memorable moments of his characters’ lives, Toor reveals a deeply relatable existence, ultimately creating an opportunity for empathy through the language of painting.  

Salman Toor - Artists - Luhring Augustine

Salman Toor
Thanksgiving, 2022
Oil on canvas
69 x 50 inches
(175.3 x 127 cm)

Toor was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1983 and currently lives and works in New York. He studied painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University and received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Salman Toor: No Ordinary Love, a solo exhibition of the artist’s work organized by and originally presented at the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD in 2022, later traveled to the Tampa Museum of Art, the Honolulu Museum of Art, and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (2023-2024). A major solo presentation of Toor’s work was also presented at M WOODS in Beijing in 2023; the show will travel to Art Gallery of Western Australia in 2024.

Other recent solo exhibitions include Salman Toor: How Will I Know, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2020-2021) and The Pleasure Pavilion: A Series of installations | Salman Toor at Luhring Augustine Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY (2021). Toor’s work was also recently included in Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters at Frick Madison, New York, NY and an image of his painting Music Room (2021) was featured on the Hayward Gallery Billboard, London in 2022. Toor’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and projects, including most recently Any Distance Between Us, RISD Museum, Providence, RI; and I will wear you in my heart of heart, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Relations: Diaspora and Painting, Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada; and Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL. Toor is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and his work is in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL; Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; RISD Museum, Providence, RI; Wake Forest University Art Collection, Winston-Salem, NC; Tate, London, UK; Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden; Pinault Collection, Paris, France; and M WOODS, Beijing, China, among others. 

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Salman Toor
Fag Puddle with Candle, Shoe and Flag, 2022
Oil on canvas
95 x 90 inches
(236.2 x 228.6 cm)

Salman Toor
Fag Puddle with Candle, Shoe and Flag, 2022
Oil on canvas
95 x 90 inches
(236.2 x 228.6 cm)

Salman Toor
Pillow Fight, 2022
Oil on linen
24 x 30 inches
(61 x 76.2 cm)

Salman Toor
Pillow Fight, 2022
Oil on linen
24 x 30 inches
(61 x 76.2 cm)

Salman Toor
Night Walkers, 2022
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
(50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Salman Toor
Night Walkers, 2022
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
(50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Salman Toor
Wandering Beggars, 2022
Oil on wood panel
Diameter: 36 inches 
(91.4 cm)

Salman Toor
Wandering Beggars, 2022
Oil on wood panel
Diameter: 36 inches 
(91.4 cm)

Salman Toor
Night Park, 2022
Oil on linen
67 x 121 inches
(170.2 x 307.3 cm)

Salman Toor
Night Park, 2022
Oil on linen
67 x 121 inches
(170.2 x 307.3 cm)

Salman Toor
Citizens, 2022
Oil on linen
36 x 43 inches
(91.4 x 109.2 cm)

Salman Toor
Citizens, 2022
Oil on linen
36 x 43 inches
(91.4 x 109.2 cm)

Salman Toor
Museum Boys, 2021
Oil on panel
30 x 40 inches
(76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Salman Toor
Museum Boys, 2021
Oil on panel
30 x 40 inches
(76.2 x 101.6 cm)

Salman Toor
Thanksgiving, 2022
Oil on canvas
69 x 50 inches
(175.3 x 127 cm)

Salman Toor
Thanksgiving, 2022
Oil on canvas
69 x 50 inches
(175.3 x 127 cm)

Salman Toor
Late Dinner, 2022
Oil on linen
24 x 36 inches
(61 x 91.4 cm)

Salman Toor
Late Dinner, 2022
Oil on linen
24 x 36 inches
(61 x 91.4 cm)

Salman Toor
Thunderstorm, 2021
Oil on panel
30 x 24 inches
(76.2 x 61 cm)

Salman Toor
Thunderstorm, 2021
Oil on panel
30 x 24 inches
(76.2 x 61 cm)

Salman Toor
Music Room, 2021
Oil on canvas
102 x 81 inches
(259.1 x 205.7 cm)

Salman Toor
Music Room, 2021
Oil on canvas
102 x 81 inches
(259.1 x 205.7 cm)

Salman Toor
Night Capture, 2021
Oil on panel
14 x 18 inches
(35.6 x 45.7 cm)

Salman Toor
Night Capture, 2021
Oil on panel
14 x 18 inches
(35.6 x 45.7 cm)

Salman Toor
Three Friends in a Cab, 2021
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
(40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Salman Toor
Three Friends in a Cab, 2021
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
(40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Salman Toor
The Inheritors, 2022
Oil on canvas
43 x 51 inches
(109.2 x 129.5 cm)

Salman Toor
The Inheritors, 2022
Oil on canvas
43 x 51 inches
(109.2 x 129.5 cm)

Salman Toor
Boys with Pink Bedsheets and Sock, 2021
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
(40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Salman Toor
Boys with Pink Bedsheets and Sock, 2021
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
(40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Salman Toor
Fag Puddle with Pearls and Sock and Shrubs, 2020
Oil on panel
24 inches
(61.0 cm)

Salman Toor
Fag Puddle with Pearls and Sock and Shrubs, 2020
Oil on panel
24 inches
(61.0 cm)

Salman Toor
Downtown Boys, 2020
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
(50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Salman Toor
Downtown Boys, 2020
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
(50.8 x 40.6 cm)

Salman Toor
Green Group, 2020
Oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 20 inches
(67.3 x 50.8 cm)

Salman Toor
Green Group, 2020
Oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 20 inches
(67.3 x 50.8 cm)

Salman Toor
Man with Face Creams and Phone Plug, 2019
Oil on canvas
43 x 36 inches
(109.2 x 91.4 cm)

Salman Toor
Man with Face Creams and Phone Plug, 2019
Oil on canvas
43 x 36 inches
(109.2 x 91.4 cm)

Salman Toor
Bar Boy, 2019
Oil on panel
48 x 60 inches
(122 x 127 cm)

Salman Toor
Bar Boy, 2019
Oil on panel
48 x 60 inches
(122 x 127 cm)

Salman Toor
Lunch, 2019
Oil on panel
20 inches diameter
(50.8 cm diameter)

Salman Toor
Lunch, 2019
Oil on panel
20 inches diameter
(50.8 cm diameter)

Salman Toor
After Party, 2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches
(91.5 x 61 cm)

Salman Toor
After Party, 2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches
(91.5 x 61 cm)

Salman Toor
Mehfil/Party, 2019
Oil on canvas
67 x 65 inches
(170.2 x 165 cm)

Salman Toor
Mehfil/Party, 2019
Oil on canvas
67 x 65 inches
(170.2 x 165 cm)

Salman Toor
The Bar on East 13th, 2019
Oil on panel
36 x 48 inches
(91.4 x 121.9 cm)

Salman Toor
The Bar on East 13th, 2019
Oil on panel
36 x 48 inches
(91.4 x 121.9 cm)

Salman Toor
The Arrival, 2019
Oil on panel
18 x 14 inches
(45.7 x 35.6 cm)

Salman Toor
The Arrival, 2019
Oil on panel
18 x 14 inches
(45.7 x 35.6 cm)

Salman Toor
The Beating, 2019
Oil on canvas
47 x 47 inches
(119.4 x 119.4 cm)

Salman Toor
The Beating, 2019
Oil on canvas
47 x 47 inches
(119.4 x 119.4 cm)

Salman Toor
The Smokers, 2018
Oil on panel
24 x 20 inches
(61 x 50.8 cm)

Salman Toor
The Smokers, 2018
Oil on panel
24 x 20 inches
(61 x 50.8 cm)

Salman Toor
Fag Puddle with Candle, Shoe and Flag, 2022
Oil on canvas
95 x 90 inches
(236.2 x 228.6 cm)
Salman Toor
Pillow Fight, 2022
Oil on linen
24 x 30 inches
(61 x 76.2 cm)
Salman Toor
Night Walkers, 2022
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
(50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Salman Toor
Wandering Beggars, 2022
Oil on wood panel
Diameter: 36 inches 
(91.4 cm)
Salman Toor
Night Park, 2022
Oil on linen
67 x 121 inches
(170.2 x 307.3 cm)
Salman Toor
Citizens, 2022
Oil on linen
36 x 43 inches
(91.4 x 109.2 cm)
Salman Toor
Museum Boys, 2021
Oil on panel
30 x 40 inches
(76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Salman Toor
Thanksgiving, 2022
Oil on canvas
69 x 50 inches
(175.3 x 127 cm)
Salman Toor
Late Dinner, 2022
Oil on linen
24 x 36 inches
(61 x 91.4 cm)
Salman Toor
Thunderstorm, 2021
Oil on panel
30 x 24 inches
(76.2 x 61 cm)
Salman Toor
Music Room, 2021
Oil on canvas
102 x 81 inches
(259.1 x 205.7 cm)
Salman Toor
Night Capture, 2021
Oil on panel
14 x 18 inches
(35.6 x 45.7 cm)
Salman Toor
Three Friends in a Cab, 2021
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
(40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Salman Toor
The Inheritors, 2022
Oil on canvas
43 x 51 inches
(109.2 x 129.5 cm)
Salman Toor
Boys with Pink Bedsheets and Sock, 2021
Oil on panel
16 x 20 inches
(40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Salman Toor
Fag Puddle with Pearls and Sock and Shrubs, 2020
Oil on panel
24 inches
(61.0 cm)
Salman Toor
Downtown Boys, 2020
Oil on panel
20 x 16 inches
(50.8 x 40.6 cm)
Salman Toor
Green Group, 2020
Oil on canvas
26 1/2 x 20 inches
(67.3 x 50.8 cm)
Salman Toor
Man with Face Creams and Phone Plug, 2019
Oil on canvas
43 x 36 inches
(109.2 x 91.4 cm)
Salman Toor
Bar Boy, 2019
Oil on panel
48 x 60 inches
(122 x 127 cm)
Salman Toor
Lunch, 2019
Oil on panel
20 inches diameter
(50.8 cm diameter)
Salman Toor
After Party, 2019
Oil on canvas
36 x 24 inches
(91.5 x 61 cm)
Salman Toor
Mehfil/Party, 2019
Oil on canvas
67 x 65 inches
(170.2 x 165 cm)
Salman Toor
The Bar on East 13th, 2019
Oil on panel
36 x 48 inches
(91.4 x 121.9 cm)
Salman Toor
The Arrival, 2019
Oil on panel
18 x 14 inches
(45.7 x 35.6 cm)
Salman Toor
The Beating, 2019
Oil on canvas
47 x 47 inches
(119.4 x 119.4 cm)
Salman Toor
The Smokers, 2018
Oil on panel
24 x 20 inches
(61 x 50.8 cm)
Salman Toor in conversation with Asthma Naeem and Evan Moffitt, Luhring Augustine Tribeca, November 17, 2022

Salman Toor in conversation with Asma Naeem and Evan Moffitt

November 17, 2022

Luhring Augustine Tribeca

The Pleasure Pavilion: A series of installations

The Pleasure Pavilion: A series of installations
featuring Salman Toor
March 4–April 10, 2021
Luhring Augustine Bushwick

Contact

For more information, please contact Donald Johnson Montenegro at donald@luhringaugustine.com.

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