Salman Toor (b. 1983), The Arrival, 2019, oil on panel
Salman Toor (b. 1983), "The Arrival," 2019, oil on panel, 18 x 14 in., private collection

Having had to delay it due to the pandemic, the Whitney Museum of American Art has finally opened the exhibition “Salman Toor: How Will I Know.”

Known for small figurative oil paintings that combine academic technique and a sketch-like style, Toor offers intimate views into the imagined lives of young, queer Brown men residing in New York City and Pakistan, where he was born.

Several lush interior scenes depict friends dancing, binge-watching television shows, playing with puppies, and gazing into their smartphones. A more somber scene features a forlorn man whose possessions are on display for the scrutiny of airport security officers.

Exhibition details:
Whitney Museum of American Art / New York
Through April 4, 2021

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