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...

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  • Klaus Biesenbach, Director of MoMA PS1, New York, Chief Curator of Museum of Modern Art, New York
    @klausbiesenbach

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
    @hansulrichobrist

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
    @andrearosengal

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
    @baibakovart

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, Director of High Line, New York, Curator of Frieze Projects, New York
    @ceciliaalemani

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

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
    @brettgorvy

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 Director of Digital at The Jewish Museum, New York
    @vajiajia

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 (most probably with a proper camera). Her wonderfully curated account perfectly illustrates the visual power of social media.

🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀🌀 #OscarTuazon

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🤳🏽by AJ #icicestparis

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The young Paris-based curator, who spent several years working for the Palais de Tokyo, curates an Instagram account that is part contemporary art and part travelogue, and very much youth-culture-oriented.

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  • Polly Staple, Director of Chisenhale Gallery, London
    @polly.staple

As the director of the London-based non-profit Chisenhale Gallery, 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.

An independent curator based in New York, Mia Locks used to work for MoMA PS1, and more recently curated the Whitney 2017 Biennial. Her account documents her travels across the globe, working on new projects and collaborating with some of the best new artists around.

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  • Nancy Spector, Chief Curator and Artistic Director of Guggenheim Museum, New York
    @nespector

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 Director of Blain Southern 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, Co-Founder of Lulu, Mexico City
    @chrissharpdf

As one half of the duo behind Lulu, a Mexico City-based arts project space, Chris Sharp’s Instagram offers insight into the best of the Mexican contemporary art scene.

Another M WOODS Instagrammer (see No.7 above): Michael Xufu Huang’s account is full of the most cutting-edge Chinese 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
    @stuartcomer

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, Director of Artspace, Sydney, Curator of Encounters at Art Basel, Hong Kong
    @alexieglass

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.

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