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

Part four of our run-down of the hottest 100 art-world Instagram accounts that you might not already know about. In this instalment, the tastemakers...

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  • Pari Ehsan, artist, photographer, stylist, writer
    @paridust, 201k followers

Occupying a space where fashion meets art, the account of former architect Ehsan presents couture shoots in museums, outfits inspired by exhibitions and collaborations with art-world characters.

Outlook is ☀️👽 #placed in space @nhu_duong_ @hoodbyair @gentlemonster 📷: @photoxvideo 💙

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@trenton_doyle_hancock Mound making, artist for scale #Moundverse #mound

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  • Art News Africa, online publication
    @artnewsafrica, 158k followers

Based in Lagos, Nigeria, this account provides daily updates on all things related to Africa. Featuring names often little-known outside the continent, it’s a great way to beef up your knowledge of a fast-emerging category.

As design critic for The New York Times, Alice Rawsthorn knows a thing or two about the field. Each week she picks a different topic — ‘Design on the rocks’ or ‘Design and colour’, for example — and uploads an image every day with an informative take on the subject. 

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  • Jennifer Higgie, writer and co-editor of Frieze Magazine
    @jenniferhiggie, 25k followers

Jennifer Higgie’s Instagram is dedicated to the history of women in the arts. Each day she uploads an image of a female artist with a caption outlining their importance in their field, thereby sharing meaningful art history with her thousands of followers.

Describing herself as a ‘hungry art historian’, Izzy Lauder-Frost uses Instagram to share her favourite artworks and exhibitions, both current and past. Providing an invigorating mixture of contemporary art and Old Masters — with the odd champagne soirée included for good measure — her account is a fun take on working in the art world.

Olaf Metzel #olafmetzel

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Posting every few hours, this account is an anonymous user’s scrapbook of their favourite contemporary art from around the world. Whoever is behind it has seriously good taste.

As co-chief art critic for The New York Times, Roberta Smith has her finger on the art-world pulse. Her account shares her thoughts on which current exhibitions shouldn’t be missed.

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A classical corner in the side buildings

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  • Axel Vervoordt, interior designer and collector @axelvervoordt, 64.2k followers

With a brilliant eye for combining Old Masters with contemporary art and design, Axel Vervoordt’s Instagram showcases his most admired interiors — both those he’s visited and those he’s worked on, offering inspirational taste tips along the way.

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  • Alexandre Errera, art advisor
    @aerrera, 9.6k followers

The account curated by Hong Kong-based art advisor Alexandre Errera follows his gallery-hopping travels around Asia, sharing the best of current exhibitions and pointers on which artists are worth finding out more about.

Arcimboldo #bauxdeprovence #arcimboldo #provence #chateaudesbauxdeprovence

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Homing in on items of fashionable and often elaborate clothing and jewellery through the ages via Old Master, Orientalist and Victorian paintings, this account helps everyone to appreciate these sometimes overlooked areas of exquisite detail.

SNACKS is dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging and established contemporary artists by presenting four works by each of those in the spotlight. Smartly curated, it’s a great way to discover a new favourite artist or gallery.

@jayrye7 #jonathanryan #painting #contemporarypainting #art #contemporaryart #texture #depth

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As an independent guide and advisory company, The Collectors Guide uses its Instagram account to reach out to new customers by sharing expert views on current exhibitions and emerging artists.

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  • Paddy Johnson, Editor of Art F City
    @artfcity, 15.1k followers

Known for her acerbic tongue, Paddy Johnson has gained a reputation for outing the worst of the contemporary art world. Her Instagram feed shows a softer side to the writer, following her life away from being the art world’s most outspoken critic.

View from the new rooftop deck at work. Holy shit!

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Deep blue under a carob tree

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  • David Leppan, entrepreneur @davidleppan, 11.1k followers

As the founder of Billionaire.com, David Leppan knows a bit about how to make and spend money. His Instagram account shares artfully composed photographs of boats, villas and jets, and the type of contemporary art that accompanies the lifestyle.

The founder of Dazed, Another Magazine and NOWNESS, Jefferson Hack is an expert on eye-catching content. His Instagram account blends the guru of contemporary cool’s current predilections with stylish magazine covers.

One of France’s most sought-after interior designers, Jacques Grange has described his style as ‘timeless, sophisticated, comfortable, artistic.’ His Instagram account showcases his eclectic taste, and his talent for effortlessly mixing 18th, 19th and 20th century pieces.

Ashley Hicks shares photographs of his own projects, from bold interior and textile designs to sculpture, alongside some of his personal inspirations—notably including English cemeteries.

While In New York.....Photo-collage by my brother @blackballedbackwood 🇺🇸

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  • Ryan Hawaii, designer
    @ryanhawaii, 10.3k followers

Ryan Hawaii is a London-based designer who nurtures an obsession with streetwear. Full of youth-culture references including tattoos and graffiti, this is how Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Instagram might look if he had one.

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  • Lauren Prakke, writer, curator and collector
    @culturerow, 4.9k followers

Among her other impressive credentials, Lauren Prakke is the founder of Tate’s Young Patrons programme. Her account provides a feed of daily inspiration, whether it’s an Einstein quote or a Californian sunset.

Pierre Terjanian heads the Arms and Armour department at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In his Instagram account, a deep dive into the world of Medieval art, Terjanian brings us along on his research trips around the world, and shares the most interesting of his scholarly findings.

View part 5 the 100 art-world Instagrams to follow right now: Museums and Galleries