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8 Art World Insiders to Follow on Instagram

8 Art World Insiders to Follow on Instagram

What is it about the art world that still feels so inaccessible sometimes? Now with museums and galleries on social media, we have more access than ever to exhibitions, artists, and art criticism. This is no more apparent than in our ability to follow prominent curators, writers and artists in their day to day lives on Instagram. I've taken it upon myself to make a list of my favorite art world Instagrammers. May the feed refresh commence. 

1. @ibkamara | London-based Ib Kamara's lush, gender fluid, cultural mashup styling is instantly recognizable. He has recently worked with brands such as Edun, Burberry, and Stella McCartney, and his work is featured in "Items: Is Fashion Modern?" exhibition at MOMA. 

@ibkamara on Instagram

Above: Image by Carrie Mae Weems for W Magazine Art Issue.

2. @amy_sall | Amy Sall is founder and editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics, Cultural and Media Studies lecturer at The New School, and collaborator with fashion powerhouses such as Vogue, Armani Beauty and Kenzo. Sall's feed jumps effortlessly from archival images of African photographers and filmmakers to current reading and shots of her impeccably refined wardrobe. 

@amy_sall  on Instagram

3. @sirsargent | Antwaun Sargent is a writer who's been featured in Interview Magazine, Artsy, Dazed, and more. His feed combines the work of contemporary black artists, whose show openings he seems to attend on a regular basis, travel snapshots and endless monochromatic looks. His feeds doubles as an excellent source of art criticism articles, most of which he writes himself, naturally. 

@sirsargent on Instagram

4. @nadineijewere | UK-based photographer, Nadine Ijewere treats her followers to an endless stream of pastel-hued dream worlds and beautiful clothing captured through her lens. Her photographs have recently appeared in Vogue Italia and Office Magazine. She features a diverse group of models, has collaborated with Ib Kamara, and brings a freshness and boldness to everything she does. 

@nadineijewere on Instagram

5. @jason_patterson | Illinois-based artist Jason Patterson's feed is a fascinating look into his heavily researched, process-based work with shots of canvas and frame building, current reading, pastel palettes, and spot-on commentary on the current news cycle. Watching him create pieces from start to finish is mesmerizing in itself. Also, he has a serious love for #Hackwing pencils. 

@jason_patterson on Instagram

6. @rjkhckly | Rujeko Hockley is the Assistant Curator of the Whitney Museum and all-around art world girl crush. Her feed consists of behind-the-scenes shots of her work as a curator, the many artists in her circle such as Hank Willis Thomas (her husband), Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Sadie Barnette, to name a few and all of the work of black artists she encounters in her everyday. 

@rjkhckly on Instagram

7. @tylersphotos | Tyler Mitchell is a young photographer whose work has graced the cover of Fader, Office, and Nii Journal and who has recently collaborated with Marc Jacobs and Givenchy. His unique style is working to bring diversity into the fashion industry and his sun-drenched, vividly-colored photos will leave you with just the right feeling. 

@tylersphotos on Instagram

8. @museummammy | And this list would not be complete without the inclusion of Kimberly Drew, Social Media Manager of the Metropolitan Museum in NY and creator of the well-known tumblr Black Contemporary Art. Her feed is speckled with an incredible selection of work by black artists, the many panel discussions she participates in, vintage fashion finds, and more recently, her travel adventures in Tokyo. 

@museummammy on Instagram

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