Salman Toor was born in Lahore, Pakistan, in 1983 and now lives and works in New York. He studied painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University and received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. A major solo presentation of Toor’s work was on view at M WOODS in Beijing through March, and the artist’s second institutional solo exhibition, “Salman Toor: No Ordinary Love,” organized by and originally on view at Baltimore Museum of Art, is now touring the U.S. Other recent solo exhibitions include “Salman Toor: How Will I Know,” Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and “The Pleasure Pavilion: A Series of installations | Salman Toor” at Luhring Augustine Bushwick, Brooklyn. Toor’s work was also recently included in “Living Histories: Queer Views and Old Masters” at Frick Madison, New York, and an image of his painting Music Room (2021) was featured on the Hayward Gallery Billboard, London, in 2022. Toor’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions and projects, most recently “Any Distance Between Us,” RISD Museum, Providence; “and I will wear you in my heart of heart,” FLAG Art Foundation, New York; “Relations: Diaspora and Painting,” PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montréal; and “Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago,” Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Toor is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Tate, London; the Whitney, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; M Woods, Beijing; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.; RISD Museum, Providence; and Wake Forest University Art Collection, Winston-Salem, N.C. (updated 4/2023)
The art feature in AGNI 97 brings together portions of two solo museum shows: “Salman Toor: New Paintings and Drawings,” at M WOODS 798 in Beijing, December 17, 2022, to April 2, 2023 and “Salman Toor: No Ordinary Love,” at Baltimore Museum of Art, May 22, 2022, to October 23, 2022. The Baltimore show is traveling and can be seen at Tampa Museum of Art: February 23 to June 4, 2023; Honolulu Museum of Art: July 13 to October 8, 2023; and Rose Art Museum: November 16, 2023, to February 11, 2024.