Salman Toor’s Emerald Green | Art21

How does a painter put freedom and vulnerability on the same canvas? In a light-filled Bushwick studio, painter Salman Toor calls his father to let him know that “one of the best things that’s ever going to happen, ever” is on the horizon. Toor is at work on a new figurative painting, “Museum Boys” (2021), to be presented alongside canvases by Johannes Vermeer at Frick Madison in New York City. The painting is the latest in the artist’s alternately tender and comic exploration of his own highly cultured queer community, imagining moments of quiet intimacy as well as scenes of public violence and repression.

CREDITS | “New York Close Up” Series Producer: Nick Ravich. Director: Adam Golfer. Editor: Lorena Alvarado. Cinematography: Jake Robbins and Adam Golfer.