Five Instagram accounts art lovers should follow


Artist Banksy designed a vest for British rapper Stormzy, pictured here at the 2019 Glastonbury festival. — AFP Relaxnews

Over the past nine years, Instagram has been changing the way we consume art, sometimes even propelling emerging artists to fame.

The image-sharing app, where the hashtag #art appears on more than 526 million posts, also allows outsiders to get an inside-look into prominent art institutions.

While recent studies have been pointing out the lack of diversity in major museum collections, some art-related Instagram accounts try to mend this imabalance, highlighting the work of non-male and non-white artists.

Here are a selection of five of accounts offering a unique and distinct vision into the art world:

Hans Ulrich Obrist, @hansulrichobrist

The Swiss curator, who is also the artistic director of London-based Serpentine Galleries, boasts a sizable 270.1k following.

Obrist famously staged his first exhibition, entitled The Kitchen Show, in his kitchen, while he was a student of political economics at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

His account features photographs of handwritten doodles from his friends, including New York-based pop artist Sarah Morris, British artist Duggie Fields, American filmmaker David Lynch, and Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuña.


Banksy, @banksy

The anonymous British artist has an unpredictable Instagram account, where his 6.2 million followers discover his latest street art projects.

New artworks appear unannounced like his recent collaboration with British rapper Stormzy, for whom he designed a customized stab-proof vest ahead of his set at Glastonbury festival.

Although diverse in nature, Banksy's artworks tackle timely socio-political themes, including consumerism, climate change and police brutality.


Jennifer Higgie, @jenniferhiggie

Higgie, who is a writer and co-editor of Frieze Magazine, dedicates her Instagram to women in the arts. Each day, she uploads an artwork by a female artist with a caption outlining her significance in art history across the ages.

Posts have been dedicated to the oeuvre of American writer and journalist Janet Flanner, Ecuadorian painter Araceli Gilbert de Blomberg, and Flemish artist Caterina van Hemessen.


Alice Rawsthorn, @alice.rawsthorn

Design critic for The New York Times Alice Rawsthorn describes her Instagram account as her "daily diary on design", which is followed by 58.5k people.

Each week, she picks a different topic and illustrates it with an image accompanied with a detailed caption.

Rawsthorn sometimes focuses on prominent architects and designers from across the world, such as Marcel Breuer, Charlie Rennie Mackintosh, and Louise Brigham.

 
 
 
 
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh | 2. “The exhibition may not be so arranged as to give the impression that Mrs Mackintosh was in any sense considered her husband’s equal or alter ego,” decreed the architecture critic P. Morton Shand to the organisers of a 1933 retrospective of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s work. Sadly this was not the only misogynistic nonsense that Margaret Macdonald (alias Mrs Mackintosh) had to contend with. Such slurs were not only offensive, but unfair because it is impossible to think of his work without her’s. "Margaret has genius, I have only talent,” as Mackintosh himself put it. Born near Wolverhampton in 1864, Macdonald was a gifted and original artist and designer in her own right. When they met as students at Glasgow School of Art in 1892, he was engaged to Jessie Keppie, the sister of his boss, John, co-founder of the architecture firm, Honeyman & Keppie. But he forsook her after falling for the beautiful and audacious Macdonald. Mackintosh was a night student in architecture there, while she and her sister Frances were studying embroidery, metalwork and textile design. Together with his friend and colleague Herbert MacNair, they formed the Glasgow Four, and emerged as pioneers of the dreamy, surreal and erotic Glasgow Style. Frances and MacNair married in 1899, followed a year later by Macdonald and Mackintosh. The couple collaborated throughout their working lives, determined to “clothe modern ideas in modern dress,” as Mackintosh put it. Although fusty critics, such as Shand, relegated Macdonald to a supporting role during her lifetime, her reputation has benefited from recent efforts to redress the gender bias in design history. Yet there are still squabbles over whether - and how - she should be credited for various projects, and her besotted husband appears on the current Scottish £100 note without her. #design #architecture #charlesrenniemackintosh #margaretmacdonald #herbertmacnair #francesmacdonald #honeymanandkeppie @glasgowschoolofart #designandgender #designgenderbias

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Danielle Krysa, @the jealouscurator

Artist and writer Danielle Krysa created her website The Jealous Curator in 2009, to highlight artworks by fellow contemporary artists that "made [her] jealous".

Her Instagram account, which is followed by some 192k people, is an extension of the website, featuring a new international artist each day.


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