Graffiti artwork, suspected to have been created by the British street artist Banksy, is pictured opposite the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion's camp at Marble Arch in London on April 26, 2019 (AFP/Isabel Infantes)
Over the past nine years, Instagram has been changing the way we consume art, sometimes even propelling emerging artists to fame.
The image-sharing app, where the hashtag #art appears on more than 526 million posts, also allows outsiders to get an inside-look into prominent art institutions.
While recent studies have been pointing out the lack of diversity in major museum collections, some art-related Instagram accounts try to mend this imbalance, highlighting the work of non-male and non-white artists.
Here are a selection of five of accounts offering a unique and distinct vision into the art world:
Hans Ulrich Obrist, @hansulrichobrist
The Swiss curator, who is also the artistic director of London-based Serpentine Galleries, boasts a sizable 270.1k following.
Obrist famously staged his first exhibition, entitled “The Kitchen Show,” in his kitchen, while he was a student of political economics at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.
His account features photographs of handwritten doodles from his friends, including New York-based pop artist Sarah Morris, British artist Duggie Fields, American filmmaker David Lynch, and Chilean poet Cecilia Vicuña.
The anonymous British artist has an unpredictable Instagram account, where his 6.2 million followers discover his latest street art projects.
New artworks appear unannounced like his recent collaboration with British rapper Stormzy, for whom he designed a customized stab-proof vest ahead of his set at Glastonbury festival.
Although diverse in nature, Banksy’s artworks tackle timely socio-political themes, including consumerism, climate change and police brutality.
Jennifer Higgie, @jenniferhiggie
The great Frida Kahlo photographed by Lola Álvarez Bravo in 1944. Frida was born 6 July 1907. ‘I tried to drown my sorrows but the bastards learned to swim.’ Bow down #fridakahlo (thanks @hettiejudah for letting me know the quote is also attributed to the Mexican poet José Frias)
Higgie, who is a writer and co-editor of Frieze Magazine, dedicates her Instagram to women in the arts. Each day, she uploads an artwork by a female artist with a caption outlining her significance in art history across the ages.
Posts have been dedicated to the oeuvre of American writer and journalist Janet Flanner, Ecuadorian painter Araceli Gilbert de Blomberg, and Flemish artist Caterina van Hemessen.
Alice Rawsthorn, @alice.rawsthorn
Design on the Beach | 4. As the youngest of the architects competing for the commission to design a new seaside resort at Klampenborg on the coast north of Copenhagen in the early 1930s, Arne Jacobsen was not expected to win. But he did, and Bellevue Beach became his first major project. Jacobsen was charged with designing a resort for fifteen thousand paying visitors a day on seven hundred metres of sandy beach and the surrounding lawns. He seized the opportunity to realise his ambition of creating a Gesamtkunstwerk, or total work of art, which would improve the quality of life for the masses. The project began with the Bellevue Sea Baths, which opened in 1932. Jacobsen designed every element of them in a crisp, modernist style, from the blue-striped lifeguard tower and white cabins, to the ice cream kiosks, staff uniforms, the tickets, and a theatre with a retractable roof. Half a million people still visit Bellevue Beach every year, and it remains a landmark of Danish modernism and one of Jacobsen’s most popular projects. #design #architecture #arnejacobsen #bellevuebeach #gesamtkunstwek #danishmodernism #nordicmodernism #designonthebeach
Design critic for The New York Times Alice Rawsthorn describes her Instagram account as her “daily diary on design,” which is followed by 58.5k people.
Each week, she picks a different topic and illustrates it with an image accompanied with a detailed caption.
Rawsthorn sometimes focuses on prominent architects and designers from across the world, such as Marcel Breuer, Charlie Rennie Mackintosh, and Louise Brigham.
Danielle Krysa, @thejealouscurator
Now THIS is my kind of math! "Forest of Numbers" is a stunning installation by @emmanuellemoureaux , a French architect living in Tokyo. Closeups and an explanation of her lovely, overwhelming work (including the tiny pink cat that is suspended deep inside this magical mathy forest) on the site today, link in profile
Artist and writer Danielle Krysa created her website The Jealous Curator in 2009, to highlight artworks by fellow contemporary artists that “made [her] jealous”.
Her Instagram account, which is followed by some 192k people, is an extension of the website, featuring a new international artist each day.