Emmanuelle Walker

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

You’ll probably be following the biggest names already, but what about the hidden gems and rising stars? Christie’s presents the first of five instalments covering the 100 art-world Instagram accounts you need to know about. First up, the artists...

Mining the archives of the maestro of candid photography, this account brings Parr’s subversive wit, humour and sense of nostalgia to your feed once a day.

Florida, USA, 1998. From 'Common Sense'. #magnumphotos #martinparr #USA

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Dover, England.

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The anonymous Bristol-born street artist — who has more recently become a proprietor of grotesque theme parks, objectionable hotels and global auction rooms — has an Instagram account with several million followers that is as unpredictable as his art. New projects appear unannounced, each laden with socio-political food for thought.

One of the youngest stars of the contemporary art world, Amalia Ulman charts her search for inspiration through her account (albeit rarely these days) — as well as her faintly sinister fascination with the colour red, and pigeons.

INTOLERANCIA Clausura en BARRO 3pm-6pm Caboto 531 Buenos Aires

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Full of video diary snippets, the Instagram account of British artist Martin Creed lets you see the world through his eyes. It is every bit as weird and wonderful as one would expect.

The Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is on a mission to change how we look at the earth, making planetary-inspired art from materials including light, water and wind. His Instagram account, unsurprisingly, has as environmental angle, with photos of his latest projects alongside calls to action for eco-causes.

Feeling perky

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The queen of conceptual portrait photography regularly posts examples of her work, alongside images of visits to exhibitions, concerts and retreats — while occasionally experimenting with the app's built-in filters.

This anonymous, US-based collective has repurposed Instagram to further its mission: to supply ‘facts, humour & outrageous images to expose sexism, racism & corruption in art, politics & pop culture’.

Jeff Koons’ Instagram account reveals a refreshingly human side to one of the world’s most famous living artists. Between images of his work, the holiday selfies remind followers that he is also a middle-aged father who has been let loose on social media.

Currently channelling all things 1970s, Petra Collins is a New York-based photographer whose work fuses fashion editorial with art. Equally sexy and cool, her account is a barometer of what’s on trend.


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Takashi Murakami was the inventor of ‘Superflat’, a term now used to describe post-1990s Japanese pop-art. His Instagram page is split between photos of his works being made and selfies with his celebrity friends – including his biggest fan; Kanye West. 

Molly Soda’s Instagram account is part of her performance. The internet artist confronts issues of cyberfeminism through social media, striving to redefine the possibilites of image-sharing platforms.

The New York-based painter, sculptor and shadow-puppet maker’s account presents the stimuli behind her work, which address race, gender, violence and sexuality. It also was a diary documenting her commission for Tate's Turbine Hall coming together.

From the woman who helped to spawn the phrase ‘yarn-bombing’ in reference to her practise of covering chairs, billboards, people and even the Wall Street Bull with crocheted fabric, comes an Instagram account dedicated to all things stitched.

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oh GO ON 🥂😜💕 #ROMP @beachlondon ***currently listening to "Horny" by Mousse T***

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The London-based artist has collaborated with everyone from Vogue  to Apple, applying her acid-doodle illustrations to a multitude of surfaces. Her psychedelic Instagram account borrows heavily from sexualised imagery and drenches it in lurid hues.

Anish Kapoor’s Instagram account, like so much of his work, uses blocks of colour in sometimes disturbing images that reflect the artist’s preoccupation with pigment. His is also the only account on which you can (legally) see Vantablack, the blackest shade of black ever created — for which Kapoor purchased exclusive rights.

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#KAWS #TOGETHER @camstl (May, 2017)

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The Instagram account of American visual artist Brian Donnelly, or Kaws as he is better known, flicks between pictures of his latest mutant-toy works (the most lucrative property on the market at the moment), photos of his children and candid snaps of his friends sat on his sofa.

The American painter, sculptor and performance artist’s Instagram is dominated by hallucinogenic cartoon figures painted in garish tones, and there is never a dull moment. 

Remote controller

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Street artist Shepard Fairey — who created the iconic ‘Hope’ poster associated with Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign — overcomes the issue of street art’s static nature by using Instagram to share his works with the world, and as a sounding board for political discussion.

Having been imprisoned in his native China in 2011, Ai Weiwei’s Instagram illustrates a concern with making up for lost time. His account is a diary of his globetrotting as he opens exhibition after exhibition around the world — without ever breaking into a smile.

Dedicated to the extinct volcano in northern Arizona purchased by the artist in the late 1970s, this account charts the progress of James Turrell’s ambitious plans to turn the crater into ‘a vast naked-eye observatory for celestial objects and events’. Reportedly having been scheduled to open to the public back in 2011, after 40 years it remains accessible only by a privileged few. This account teases at what the rest of us might also one day be able to see.

View part 2 of the 100 art-world Instagrams to follow right now: Curators, Directors and Gallerists