Meet the Logo30: Salman Toor

The fine artist brought Whitney Houston to the Whitney with "How Will I know," his stunning solo exhibition.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2021 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

Salman Toor imbues Pride in every brushstroke of his art.

The Pakistan-born, New York City-based fine artist is known for his breathtaking oil paintings exploring queer, diasporic identity. He recently had his first solo museum exhibition, Salman Toor: How Will I Know, at the Whitney Museum of Art in NYC. (Yes, the exhibition’s title is a reference to the Whitney Houston song of the same name. No, that isn’t just because Toor loves to dance to it, although that’s certainly part of it. “Whitney at the Whitney!” he jokes.)

Asked how he will continue to show his Pride, the out artist says he plans to “tell more stories about being queer and living in between cultures with a critical view.” Many of his paintings, including those featured in How Will I Know, depict gay men of color like Toor and his friends.

As for Toor’s favorite LGBTQ historical figure? He cites Susan Sontag, the beloved queer teacher, philosopher, and writer, as a major influence. “I think she just exudes so much power,” he gushes. “I love her sense of scholastic glamour. I’m such a massive fan of her legendary ’Notes on Camp.'”

Legends recognizing legends — we love to see it! Get to know Toor and the rest of our inspiring Logo30 2021 honorees in the video below.
 

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