Emmanuelle Walker

100 art-world Instagram accounts to follow right now — Curators, Directors and Gallerists

The second of five instalments covering the top 100 art-world Instagram accounts that you might not already know about. Introducing the Curators, Directors and Gallerists...

Klaus Biesenbach is one of the most important curators in the world. His Instagram account displays his discerning eye for superb art and design, as well as how to stage a great show.

Up-and-coming curator Eva Respini uses Instagram to document her personal take on the contemporary art world, with lots of painting and photography and the odd picture of Boston’s wet weather (a theme since her relocation from MoMA in New York).

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  • Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries, London

The Swiss curator, who started off staging exhibitions in his kitchen, posts photographs of his collection of handwritten personal doodles given to him by his artist friends.

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  • Andrea Rosen, President of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York

Offering a glimpse of the out-of-office life of a New York gallery owner, Andrea Rosen’s Instagram isn’t all about art — witness pictures of fruit and vegetable cultivation, street style and Yoko Ono’s birthday parties.

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  • Maria Baibakova, Director of Baibakov Art Projects, London, New York, Moscow

Maria Baibakova seems to be at every important fair, auction and exhibition around the world. Her account is a social diary of who’s who and where it’s at in the contemporary art calendar.

Always doing the heavy lifting 💪🏼 #HassanHajjaj studio at Riad Yima

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#ursfischer #rhino @gagosian

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  • Cecilia Alemani, Chief Curator of High Line, New York, Artistic Director of the 59th Venice Biennale, 2022

Cecilia Alemani gained a reputation for making her projects immersive, fun and accessible. Her Instagram posts share this ethos, and come as a breath of fresh amid some of the seriousness that pervades the contemporary art world.

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  • Wanwan Lei, Co-founder of M WOODS Gallery, Beijing

Wanwan Lei’s Instagram account follows her on a daily search for new talent to support through her non-profit, Beijing-based gallery — while also exploring her love of cats.

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  • Brett Gorvy, Co-founder and partner, Lévy Gorvy

The former International Head of Post-war and Contemporary Art at Christie’s oversaw the auction house's first billion dollar week of sales. His highly popular feed pairs his favourite artworks with pertinent song lyrics or poetry, along with expert insights.

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  • JiaJia Fei, Digital Strategist and former Director of Digital at The Jewish Museum, New York

As a digital strategist for the art world, no one is better qualified for this list than JiaJia Fei. Each of her posts is bordered with a Polaroid frame and artfully shot — her wonderfully curated account perfectly illustrates the visual power of social media.

🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀 #OscarTuazon

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🤳🏽by AJ #icicestparis

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  • Myriam Ben Salah, Director and Chief Curator, The Renaissance Society, Chicago @myriambensalah

The young Tunisian curator, who spent several years working for the Palais de Tokyo, curates an Instagram account that is part contemporary art and part travelogue, as well as fun.

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  • Polly Staple, Director of Collection, British Art, Tate, London

As the director of British Art at Tate collections, Polly Staple knows as well as anyone what makes great content. Her Instagram is a curation of her favourite works from current shows, along with insights into the day-to-day runnings of an influential gallery.

Danielle Krysa set up her website The Jealous Curator in 2009 to showcase one artist and his or her artworks — works that ‘made me jealous’ — each day. Her Instagram account is an extension of this, doing the digging for you by featuring her discoveries.

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  • Jochen Volz, Director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo

Having worked his way through the ranks of Brazil’s Instituto Inhotim and the Serpentine Galleries in London, Jochen Volz is now the Director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo. His account showcases some of the best artistic talent emerging from South America.

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  • Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Brooklyn Museum, New York

Nancy Spector’s Instagram account is a visual feast of journeys to art exhibitions around the world and her favourite works at each. It is also a great tool for finding out what’s on and whether it’s worth the trip.

The head of Sales at Victoria Miro knows more about great contemporary art than most. His account shares not only his take on the art world, but photographs of his enviable globetrotting lifestyle.

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  • Chris Sharp, Curator, Founder of Chris Sharp Gallery, Los Angeles and Lulu, Mexico City

With gallery projects in Los Angeles, Mexico City and Brussels, Chris Sharp’s Instagram offers insight into some of the best up and coming artists from across the globe.

Michael Xufu Huang’s account is full of the most cutting-edge Chinese ‘Hyper’-contemporary art, and follows his curatorial journey of discovery in search of new artistic talent.

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  • Stuart Comer, Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA, New York

As might be expected from the chief curator of media and performance art at MoMA in New York, Stuart Comer’s Instagram feed is predominantly filled with both. It offers a fantastic guide for what and who to watch out for in these two emerging disciplines.

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  • Alexie Glass-Kantor, Curator of Encounters at Art Basel, Hong Kong

Alexie Glass-Kantor’s Instagram feels like a particularly personal lens on the contemporary art world, offering an often humorous and sometimes salacious perspective.

The Hong Kong-based curator has advised the French Government on French-Chinese cultural relations, as well as the president of the Pompidou Centre, Jean-Jacques Aillagon, about Chinese contemporary art. His Instagram account provides a distinctive vision of how these seemingly opposing artistic worlds can converge — as well as some amazing dinners.

View part 3 of the 100 art-world Instagrams to follow right now: Collectors