Emmanuelle Walker

100 art-world Instagram accounts to follow right now — Collectors

Christie’s presents the third of five instalments covering the 100 art-world Instagram accounts that you need to know about. Up next, 20 influential collectors...

The founder of K11 Art Foundation, Adrian Cheng uses his Instagram to document his impressive collection of modern art, as well as a lifestyle that involves parties, celebrities and luxurious penthouse apartments.

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From the man that owns over 10,000 pieces of African art, and who Vanity Fair called the ‘King of the Selfie’, comes an Instagram account that pokes fun at the art world – with a peculiar focus on Miami. It also showcases the legroom on his flights, and his dogs Charles, and Saatchi.

Rob Suss is a trustee of the Royal Academy in London and owner of the Frank-Suss Collection, which contains more than 1,000 works by emerging and mid-career artists from ‘countries undergoing significant social, economic, or political change’. His account is a mixture of socialising, additions to his collection, and holiday shots.

A quiet moment at The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition #royalacademy #summerexhibition

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🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 Sterling Ruby (what a name!) @mocalosangeles

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The actress and model has in recent years turned her focus to contemporary art, producing an Instagram feed that feels as curated as an exhibition. Artistic images document her trips to various shows around the world — as well as the occasional outing with her boyfriend, the musician Billy Idol.

As the co-founder of Digital Brand Architects, Karen Robinovitz has her finger on the pulse of everything cool. She posts pictures of the best art exhibitions of the moment, providing a useful cheat sheet for what’s trending.

#paewhite technicolor glass 🕌✨ | @fondazionegcini flashback

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#art #artwork #collectors #contemporaryart the art we love recently 💓💓💓

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The entrepreneurial Kylie Ying has set up an art fair, a fashion group and a beauty company. Her stylish Instagram is dedicated to her collecting pursuits in various countries.

The British actor, best known for his roles in The History Boys, Being Human  and Sherlock, has been investing in art for some time. He now co-presents the podcast Talk Art. His Instagram account charts his visits to contemporary galleries in London, always with his beloved dog in tow.

Sensational #yayoikusama @ Lille Metropole

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As is so often the case, Frank Cohen is a collector turned founder of an art initiative. His account documents the organisation of his collaborative exhibitions with London’s Fortnum & Mason, under the banner Fortnum’s X Frank.

One half of the eponymous duo behind the north London Zabludowicz Collection, Anita Zabludowicz employs her Instagram as a visual art diary, largely chronicling her voracious hunger for discovering new talent.

Going boating. #hernanbas @whitneymuseum Biennial 2004

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This New York-based collector has a love of abstract painting and her Instagram is dedicated to chronicling her latest purchases and gallery visits. ‘Art is meant to be shared and seen,’ she says, and Server and her husband Oliver Frankel regularly open their two-storey apartment to charitable organisations and collector groups.

The Beijing-based collector of contemporary art has a penchant for good cigars. His Instagram account is a diary of the best current Asian art exhibitions — as well as a guide to the best smokes.

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Master and Commander. #zacharyarmstrong coming soon @evergoldprojects

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Simchowitz, a Johannesburg-born collector-turned-dealer based in LA, is a vocal proponent of the powers of social media. He discovers new artists while promoting those he currently collects — demonstrating that a nose for self-publicity can be turned to profit along the way.

A French collector of both ‘moments and art’ based in Brussels, Frédéric de Goldschmidt offers tastefully shot pictures of his travels and acquisitions that make for a wonderfully idiosyncratic account. 

#WalidRaad @parraromero #Ibiza

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Stafford Broumand is one of America’s top plastic surgeons, who more recently has been an important collector of contemporary art. Most pictures on his Instagram features his wife or son standing next to an artwork — useful for offering a sense of scale. 

This Copenhagen-based collector uses Instagram to share his own works alongside those he is currently selling. His discerning Scandinavian eye and love of monochrome can make for inspiring viewing.

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The Japanese billionaire — founder of a contemporary art foundation and a regular purchaser of major works by Jean-Michel Basquiat at auction — has an Instagram that archives his latest record-breaking purchases and taste for the good life. Expect scenes of eating sea urchins and singing karaoke on his private jet while flying between auctions.

Demonstrating that Instagram has business potential, Daniel Turriani uses the platform not only to document his own impressive collection of Impressionist and Modern art, but also to source new works for himself and his clients — including acquiring a Yayoi Kusama painting through the social network.

Always posting in threes, Niels Kantor is a collector with a discerning eye for colour and pattern. His Instagram account makes for sumptuous viewing and is a fantastic way to discover new artists.

Art has always played a huge part in the life of Francesca von Hapsburg, a member of one of history’s most powerful collecting dynasties. She recently finished spending three years sailing around the world on a research vessel with a team of scientists, artists and curators, trying to figure out how to save the oceans with art.

Nicolas Berggruen is the son of the German collector Heinz Berggruen, who once sold 85 Picassos to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in one go. Continuing his father’s legacy, Nicolas collects modern masters while travelling the world in style, sharing photographs of his adventures.

View part 4 of the 100 art-world Instagrams to follow right now: Tastemakers