9 Instagram Accounts Every Art Lover Should Follow
Thanks to Instagram, it’s never been easier to stay on top of the latest exhibitions, take a virtual tour of a gallery, or, if you dare, make an offer—the social media app doubles as a user-friendly art marketplace. Below, we rounded up nine of the best globetrotting fine art purveyors for your viewing pleasure. Grab your beret and a glass of wine and get ready for some #artspo.
1. Artsy (@artsy)
Want to peruse the largest virtual collection of contemporary and historic masterpieces in the world? Artsy, the preeminent online resource for art collectors, has an app for that. Their Instagram account also gives users a sneak peek at major international art fairs and auctions before they open to the public.
2. Simon de Pury (@simondepury)
The Swiss art auctioneer, dubbed "the Mick Jagger of auctions," has made quite an impact on the art world with Phillips, one of the largest international auction houses in existence. Scroll through his feed to follow his gallery-hopping escapades around the world, and for updates about his upcoming book, The Auctioneer: Adventures in the Art World (available for pre-order, $19; amazon.com).
Even the director of MoMA PS1 refers to Instagram to get the ultimate inside source (he reportedly uses the app to scout fresh talent). Follow him for exclusive behind-the-scenes snaps from upcoming exhibitions and selfies with art-loving celebrities. (James Franco, anyone?)
4. Christie’s (@christiesinc)
The iconic art auction house, with headquarters in London and New York, is notorious for its astronomical sales, so it’s a good thing browsing its lust-worthy feed is free. Sadly, double-tapping won’t get you a discount.
5. David Zwirner (@davidzwirner)
The contemporary art gallery represents renowned artists like Yayoi Kusama, famous for her infinity rooms, and Oscar Murillo, the Colombian artist known for his large-scale paintings. Check out their account to keep up with the latest buzzy exhibitions in London and New York.
6. Marian Goodman Gallery (@mariangoodmangallery)
Named one of America’s Most Powerful Art Dealers by Forbes, it’s safe to say that Marian Goodman is kind of a big deal. Her namesake gallery, which has locations in New York, Paris, and London, represents a handful of influential contemporary artists, including Steve McQueen and Maurizio Cattelan.
7. Art Observed (@artobserved)
Though based in New York, Art Observed covers pretty much every contemporary art fair around the world and distills the best of the best of the bunch into wonderfully vibrant 'grams. Follow their account for the latest news and trends coming out of the art world.
8: Gagosian Gallery (@gagosiangallery)
Get your daily dose of contemporary art history via Gagosian’s feed, which announces upcoming and ongoing exhibits (there are many, as Gagosian operates 16 locations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia). We’re currently poring over Pool Party, which debuted at Gagosian’s New York gallery April 12 and features candid shots of everyone from Andy Warhol to Naomi Campbell.
9. Hauser & Wirth (@hauserwirth)
Beating out notable artists like Jeff Koons, famous for his oversize balloon dog sculptures, performance-artist Marina Abramović, and social activist Ai Weiwei, Iwan and Manuela Wirth, the husband and wife duo behind the international contemporary and modern art powerhouse Hauser & Wirth, were recently named the two most influential people in the contemporary art world by ArtReview. Scroll through their Instagram to check out an array of exhibits across their galleries in Zurich, London, Somerset, New York, and L.A.