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Friends Who Inspire Each Other


From left: SALMAN TOOR, artist, 37, and DORON LANGBERG, artist, 35, with their respective portraits — “Salman” and “Doron” (both 2021) — that they painted of each other for T. Photographed at Langberg’s studio in Ridgewood, Queens, on March 3, 2021.

Two artists who bonded over a shared passion for both Dutch masters and contemporary queer portraiture.

From left: SALMAN TOOR, artist, 37, and DORON LANGBERG, artist, 35, with their respective portraits — “Salman” and “Doron” (both 2021) — that they painted of each other for T. Photographed at Langberg’s studio in Ridgewood, Queens, on March 3, 2021.

Interviews by Coco Romack
Photograph by Jason Schmidt

Interviews by Coco Romack

April 12, 2021

Doron Langberg: To see Salman’s paintings is to know him. I was blown away by his 2018 show at Aicon Gallery in NoHo, Manhattan, and immediately messaged him on Instagram. As we became friends — we bonded over how much we could nerd out about this or that Dutch master — the interest in queer figurative painting was growing; we were being put in the same shows, being written about in context with each other. The art world conversation converged with our friendship, expanding what we had in common.

Image<strong>On the Cover: </strong><strong>SALMAN TOOR</strong> and <strong>DORON LANGBERG</strong> wear their own clothing.” src=”https://static01.nyt.com/images/2021/04/12/t-magazine/12tmag-covers-slide-0BVU/12tmag-covers-slide-0BVU-articleLarge.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 600w,https://static01.nyt.com/images/2021/04/12/t-magazine/12tmag-covers-slide-0BVU/12tmag-covers-slide-0BVU-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 846w,https://static01.nyt.com/images/2021/04/12/t-magazine/12tmag-covers-slide-0BVU/12tmag-covers-slide-0BVU-superJumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 1692w” />On the Cover: SALMAN TOOR and DORON LANGBERG wear their own clothing.Credit…Jason Schmidt</p>
<p>When I first visited his studio in Bushwick in 2019, I suggested we trade paintings. He gave me what I would come to see as a self-portrait: a naked man looking in the mirror, examining himself with his pants pulled down to his feet. His work deals with the everyday representation of queer life — whether it’s issues of politics, immigration, family and religion or going out to a bar or hanging out in your apartment dancing to Whitney Houston — allowing the viewer access to a more layered, complex idea of what it means to be queer. That’s his work’s real strength: how true it is to our experience. And from my studio, he chose a dick portrait I made.</p>
<p>Salman Toor: The penis portrait, there’s so much tenderness in it. Doron’s work is about putting love into the sex act and bringing what was once considered dangerous or sordid into the language of high culture. It’s brave and direct, and I like the sense of energy. One of the things that attracted me to him was his flamboyant manner, which is much like mine. He’s warm, but very sassy.</p>
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<p>Doron Langberg, “In my Lap 1” (2020). The work will be part of a solo show at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, opening Sept. 2.</p>
<p>Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro</p>
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Doron Langberg, “In my Lap 1” (2020). The work will be part of a solo show at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, opening Sept. 2.

Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

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    Doron Langberg, “Brice” (2020).

    Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

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    Doron Langberg, “Carlos” (2020).

    Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

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    Doron Langberg, “Devan” (2019).

    Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

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    Doron Langberg, “Drawing Mike” (2020).

    Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

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    Doron Langberg, “Joe and Edgar” (2020). The work will be part of a group show at Carl Freedman Gallery in Margate, England, opening May 22.

    Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

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    Doron Langberg, “Lovers 3” (2020).

    Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

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    Doron Langberg, “Sister” (2020). The work will be part of a solo show at Victoria Miro Gallery in London, opening Sept. 2.

    Credit…© Doron Langberg. Courtesy the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

  • Friends Who Create Together Friends Who Are Muses New Friends Friends Who Are Family Weekend Friends Friends Who Share a Language Best Friends Friends Who Summer Together Old Friends Friends Who Came Up Together Party Friends Friends Who Teach Each Other Friends Who Saw It All Friends Who Inspire Each Other Friends Who Became Adults Together School Friends Clients Who Became Friends Partners, Now Friends Actor Friends Friends Who Cook Together Furry Friends Friends Who Protect One Another Friends Who Make Music Together Hometown Friends Work Friends Mentor/Protégée Friends Friends Who Miss Each Other Friends Who Create Together Friends Who Are Muses New Friends Friends Who Are Family Weekend Friends Friends Who Share a Language Best Friends Friends Who Summer Together Old Friends Friends Who Came Up Together Party Friends Friends Who Teach Each Other Friends Who Saw It All Friends Who Inspire Each Other Friends Who Became Adults Together School Friends Clients Who Became Friends Partners, Now Friends Actor Friends Friends Who Cook Together Furry Friends Friends Who Protect One Another Friends Who Make Music Together Hometown Friends Work Friends Mentor/Protégée Friends Friends Who Miss Each Other

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    Salman Toor, “Two Friends” (2020).

    Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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      Salman Toor, “Two Friends” (2020).

      Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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      Salman Toor, “Music Room” (2021).

      Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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      Salman Toor, “Green Group” (2020).

      Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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      Salman Toor, “Dancing to Whitney” (2018).

      Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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      Salman Toor, “Walking Together” (2020).

      Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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      Salman Toor, “The Inheritors” (2020).

      Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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      Salman Toor, “Man with Scarf and Shoe” (2020).

      Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York

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      Salman Toor, “Downtown Boys” (2020).

      Credit…© Salman Toor. Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York. Presented by Public Art Fund in Art on the Grid, June 29 to Sept. 20, 2020.

    Usually my paintings don’t have a source, but in making his portrait I had a nice hard look at Doron reclining on my sofa and made two quick ink drawings of his face. The pose I decided to paint from memory, thinking of how his hand was resting on his cheek, his knuckles, the distance between his eyes.

    Doron is from Israel and I’m from Pakistan. I want to convey the shared experience of growing up as a queer boy in a community that may not welcome it. That’s an experience shared by so many people across so many cultures, and I hope that is somehow visible to anyone who looks.

    Interviews have been edited and condensed. Photo assistant: Wil Pierce. Paintings in opening image and on cover, from top: Salman Toor, “Doron,” 2021, oil on canvas © Salman Toor, courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York; Doron Langberg, “Salman,” 2021, oil on linen © Doron Langberg, courtesy of the artist, Yossi Milo Gallery and Victoria Miro

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