Salman Toor is a rare storyteller. The blurred lines between fact and fiction make his work even more provocative. There is elegance and yet something rather beautifully raw in his paintings, and as the first solo museum exhibition in Asia of Pakistan-born, New York-based artist Salman ToorThe works of Beijing are displayed at M WOODSIt has a more serious meaning, one that evokes freedom and something secretive, suggestive, and yet hidden.
“Coming back in a poorer country was freedom in it.” Toor told us in an interview last year.“Time is more affordable and the nagging concerns of an ultra liberal city such as NYC are far away. I have a dysfunctional bureaucracy. A failing state. Abject poverty. I am protected by it. But, there is the beautiful view of gulmohar trees. My family and a handful of long-lasting friends. Along with that old illicit feeling of being an escaped rebel late at night. It is a place where there is no ambition, which is ideal for me. After such a great journey, the demons leave for a whole week in the studio.
Toor’s work reveals something universal about human experience from his perspective as a queer immigrant to America, and now as an artist. It feels like a challenge for the system of tolerance and a beautiful sublime one at that. —Evan Pricco
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