With a Whitney Museum show in the pipeline, the New York–based painter Salman Toor has joined the roster of Luhring Augustine gallery, which maintains spaces in Chelsea, Tribeca, and Bushwick, Brooklyn. Curated by Christopher Y. Lew and Ambika Trasi, the artist’s Whitney show—his first-ever solo exhibition at a museum anywhere—was postponed following the institution’s coronavirus-related closure in March.
Toor’s figurative works depict the lives of brown, queer men, with some pieces featuring large, vibrant gatherings and others showing more contemplative scenes. Situating his fictional subjects in apartments, bars, porches, and other spaces, Toor captures intimate and solitary moments in everyday life. The artist draws on art-historical traditions in his paintings, with work by Old Masters painters and the Impressionists among his influences.
Donald Johnson Montenegro, senior director at Luhring Augustine, told ARTnews that the gallery will organize an exhibition of Toor’s paintings in New York in the next few years, adding that growing interest in the artist’s work might be attributed to the ways in which the subject matter is “deeply relatable.”
“Toor is someone who has created an artistic lexicon that is singular and saying something interesting about where and when we are,” Johnson Montenegro said.
Born in Lahore in 1983, Toor has previously exhibited work at Perrotin and Aicon Gallery, both in New York, as well as at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Nature Morte Gallery in New Delhi, the 2018 Lahore Biennale, the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale in India, and other venues. His work is also slated to appear at the Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art in Montréal, M Woods in Beijing, and the Public Art Fund in New York; it is held in the collections of the MCA Chicago, Tate in London, and the Whitney Museum.