17 Art Accounts on Instagram You Need to Follow Right Now

Hiroshima Yves Klein | © MoicSC24 / WikiCommons
Hiroshima Yves Klein | © MoicSC24 / WikiCommons
Whether you are an art aficionado, an art-loving civilian or just someone who wants to expand your cultural outlook with some exceptional creative work, Instagram is a phenomenal way to keep up with the art world and all it’s glamorous happenings. Here are 17 influencers and institutions you should be following for all things art.

Adrien Cheng

Founder of K11 and K11 Art Foundation, Adrien’s foundation ‘promotes the development of the contemporary art scene in Greater China by providing support for emerging Chinese artists and taking them to the international stage.’ His account follows suit.

#throwback #yayoikusama

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Eva Respini

Eva is the Chief Curator of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston and a former curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Her CV includes organising art shows with contemporary greats including Ai Weiwei, Cindy Sherman and Walid Raad.

Thanks @artforum for the thoughtful review of #DanaSchutz @icaboston

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Mia Locks

Co-curator of the 2017 Whitney Biennale, among other prestigious projects, Mia formerly worked as an Assistant Curator at the equally impressive MoMa PS1. These days, she operates independently, which means her projects can span various institutions and take place anywhere in the world.

Ed Clark's "Infinity" mural commissioned for Reginald Lewis' jet in the 80s.

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Myriam Ben Salah

Myriam is a writer and the Editor-in-Chief at Kaleidoscope Magazine as well as a curator at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. The Tunisian creative also works on various projects involving art and the Middle East, such as her recent foray as the curator of the 10th Edition of the Abraaj Group Art Prize, an award that is part of Art Dubai.

Ana Mendieta – Untitled (Facial hair transplant) – 1972

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Diana d’Arenberg

As fashion savvy as she is an art maven, Diana is an art critic and writer who writes for publications including Harpers Bazaar, Asia Tatler and The Art Newspaper. She basically attends every international art show out there, so you won’t miss a beat following her.

Mega Mehretu at @sfmoma #juliemehretu

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Nancy Spector

Chief Curator of the fabulous Brooklyn Museum, Nancy is without question a major influencer in the art world. She has organised extensive exhibitions for the likes of contemporary greats including Richard Prince, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Louise Bourgeois and Marina Abramovic, to to name but a few.

Sunday brought to you by Ruth Asawa.

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Kimberly Drew

Brilliant and fearless, Kimberly is the Social Media Manager for the Met Museum in New York City, one of the world’s most impressive art institutions. Her personal page explores politically charged contemporary art, as well as the more traditional, and gives insight into what it’s like to be a young woman in the art world.

Nydia Blas, The Girls Who Spun Gold

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Self-described as ‘defining the world of contemporary art since 1962,’ ArtForum is the foremost magazine of the art world and definitely an account worth following to stay up-to-date.

Phillips / Christie’s / Sotheby’s

The big three, as they are known in the art world – these top major auction houses are must-follows in terms of art news, art sales and the best of all genres in art and design.

White Cube

One of the leading contemporary art galleries in the world, with locations in London and Hong Kong, White Cube has an exciting roster of artists including Damien Hirst, Raqib Shaw, Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley.

Victoria Miro

Another top gallery with a follow-worthy Insta is London-based Victoria Miro. Founded by its namesake Victoria Miro and known as one of the ‘grandes dames of Britart scene,’ the gallery represents 40 emerging and established artists with three spaces across London.

Simon de Pury

Legendary auctioneer and art collector Simon de Pury always knows what’s up. Follow him on his international travels as he buys, sells and admires some of the world’s greatest art.

#astierdevillatte #plum #miramikati #beirut

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Art Basel

Staging three shows annually (Basel, Hong Kong and Miami), Art Basel is an international art fair where the world’s top galleries come to hold court. Just like the fair itself, Art Basel’s Instagram page is eclectic and replete with both established and emerging art you won’t want to miss.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

As mentioned, this account is the brainchild of Kimberly Drew, but the museum needs little introduction. It is one of the foremost art institutions in the United States and the world.

Amani Noor Iqbal

Based in Lahore, Pakistan, Amani is a National College of Art (NCA, Lahore) painting graduate turned art blogger. Thanks to excellent curation of the classic and contemporary, along with thoughtful descriptions, she is fast becoming one the best people to follow for art-related updates. This is a fantastic account for those who want to really learn about the piece they are looking at and explore some exceptionally talented, lesser-known artists as well as artistic legends.