Emmanuelle Walker

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

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.

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 the former 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 editor at large, Frieze Magazine

Jennifer Higgie’s Instagram is dedicated to her podcast Bow Down: Women in Art History. She uploads images of female artists 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.

Walking in an #YvesKlein wonderland @levygorvy 💙

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Pierre Huyghe #pierrehuyghe

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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.

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. Fans include the rapper and designer Kanye West.

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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Focusing 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.

As style editor for Vogue and Cabana magazines, Gianluca Longo knows a thing or two about furnishing great interiors. His account also offers some great tips on ‘tablescaping’.

As an independent guide and advisory company, The Collectors List 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, Founder of Art F City

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.

The Paris-based jewellery designer Marc Auclert is at the forefront of the trend for wearing ancient jewels. He specialises in repurposing Classical artefacts, like cameos and coins, into fashionable pieces that are loved by celebrities — including France’s First Lady Brigitte Macron.

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.

Arts of Hindostan publishes daily pictures of Indian art and architecture from between the 16th-19th centuries, examining the tastes of bygone ‘Mughals, Rajputs and Company Sahibs.’ 

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  • Lauren Prakke, writer, curator and collector

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.

An interior designer based out of London and New York, Brudnizki has worked on some of the world’s most fashionable bars, hotels, members clubs and houses. Follow his account for some serious design envy. 

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