New Works on Paper


    December 1, 2020 – January 15, 2021

  •  Luhring Augustine is pleased to present a group of nine new works on paper by Salman Toor. Rendered in charcoal, gouache, ink, and ballpoint, these drawings comprise a moving and intimate body of work that explores the anxieties and the comedy of identity. Like Toor’s paintings, these new works on paper oscillate between heartening and harrowing, seductive and poignant, inviting and eerie.

  • "The pictures are also personal fantasies about relationships that define the queer experience. Painting was something I learned when I moved from Pakistan to the United States, but drawing I always considered as second nature."


    – Salman Toor

  • 'Centuries blur in Toor’s superb, art-historically minded tableaux ...; he disrupts Impressionism’s Orientalist tradition while borrowing its painterly and compositional...

    "Centuries blur in Toor’s superb, art-historically minded tableaux ...; he disrupts Impressionism’s Orientalist tradition while borrowing its painterly and compositional tricks. ... [E]vocative stories and sympathetic characters emerge from Toor’s exacting scenes, which seem painted from a watchful, passionate first-person perspective."


    – "Salman Toor," Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker (July 6 & 13, 2020)

  • On the occasion of the exhibition Salman Toor: How Will I Know at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Toor speaks with artist Chitra Ganesh about the intersections in their artistic practices. Considering the prolonged omission of South Asian American subjectivity in the historical canon, popular culture, and art in the United States, the program highlights both artists’ strategies of mining archival sources and speculative narratives to center queer, Brown, and immigrant experiences. The conversation is moderated by Ambika Trasi, curatorial assistant.

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    Salman 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: How Will I Know, the artist’s first institutional solo exhibition, is on view at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York through April 4, 2021 and is accompanied by a publication. Toor’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions and projects, including most recently Art on the Grid: 50 Artists’ Reflections on the Pandemic, organized the Public Art Fund, New York, NY; Relations: Diaspora and Painting, Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal, Canada; Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Xenia: Crossroads in Portrait Painting, Marianne Boesky, New York; Them, Galerie Perrotin, New York; Are You Here?, the Lahore Biennale 2018, Pakistan; and the 2016 Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India. Recent solo shows include I Know a Place at Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi, India; New Painting at O Art Space in Lahore, Pakistan; and Time After Time at Aicon Gallery, New York, NY. Toor is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Tate, London, UK; M Woods, Beijing, China; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.