If there’s a place where you can find an endless supply of the weird and wonderful, it’s social media. Our feeds are filled with images of memes, food, fashion and animal videos. But, if you’re looking to add some art into it, here’s a list of 10 art accounts to follow on Instagram. They are often run by ‘content curators’, individuals who gather these images from research or submissions and share them on these platforms.
All types of art in all kinds of mediums – painting, sculpture, photography – are featured on this feed, which means there’s always something different to see. As a bonus, the captions also offer short explanations or context about the artworks.
2. @the.pinklemonade and @the.bluelemonade
One of the more popular art feeds, @the.pinklemonade and its second account @the.bluelemonade have a nearly 2 million followers. For lovers of photography and digital art, head over to the former. The latter features more paintings and sculptural works. Overall, there’s a distinct preference for design as well, influenced by the platform’s curator, Francesco Vullo, who is also a graphic designer.
For all things quirky and eye-catching, there’s @popmyeyes. Digital art and design populate most of the feed, along with the occasional comic or meme. And while it's not all art on the platform, it does have a way making you stop scrolling even for just a second.
Primarily featuring street and documentary photography, @everymiddleeast offers snapshots of daily life in the region captured by Middle Eastern photographers. It is part of The Everyday Projects, a global initiative that uses photography to challenge stereotyped images of communities and countries.
Whoever runs this anonymous account certainly has a preference for conceptual art. Don’t expect to see too much of the more traditional forms of painting here. Instead, there are sculptures and found objects alongside minimalist works and performance pieces.
As the name suggests, @abstrac.ted breaks free from the figurative and focuses on art that’s less about representing things as they are, and more about playing with colours, shapes and textures. Many of the works seem to draw from abstract expressionism, which means sweeping brush strokes and bold lines.
Strange objects in gallery spaces is one way to describe what you’ll see on @arte.asy, with its bend towards installation art. These are creations that are often three-dimensional and set up in a way to make us rethink how we see space and our immediate environment.
When an artwork gets sold to a private collector, it often becomes unavailable for public viewing. The founders of @collecteurs, Jessica and Evrim Oralkan, have found a way to change this by creating a digital platform for art collectors to share their collections online, making largely unseen works more (virtually) accessible to the public.
A good place to discover emerging Middle Eastern talent on the rise, @emergeast is an online gallery started by Dima Abdul Kader and Nikki Meftah as a way to get young professionals into collecting art. With the aim of connecting emerging artists to young or aspiring collectors, the gallery mostly Their tastes tend to favour digital collage and graphic design-inspired creations.
Focusing on modern and classical art, this Instagram account is one way to brush up on art history. While the featured art isn’t very global – most of the selected works are from the Western world – it does reflect the variety of artistic movements over centuries.