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A Round Up of Artists on Instagram

Mindlessly double-tapping through Instagram can quickly turn into a black hole of nail art, puppies in costumes, and half-naked Rihanna. Looking for a more cultured and entertaining 20 minute diversion?

Here are some awesome artist and art-world Instagram accounts definitely worth the follow:

Takashi Murakami @takashipom

Murakami creates more than just artwork, he has constructed an entire world of characters in his distinctive Superflat style. From smiling daisies to psychedelic multi-eyed mushrooms, who knows what he will come up with next? Check out his IG account for rare, behind-the-scenes shots of his studio, new pieces, his adorable dog, and fun-filled karaoke nights.

Plush Murakami daisies still in thieri packaging. Image via @takashipom

Plush Murakami daisies still in their packaging. Image via Instagram @takashipom

 

China Chow @china_chow

China Chow, art world diva, great supporter of contemporary artists, and host of Work of Art on Bravo, shares high-profile gala snapshots, enviable haute-couture fashion, and incredible artwork via IG.

China Chow in Urs Fischer's Bread House at MOCALA gala. Image via Instagram @china_chow

China Chow in Urs Fischer’s Bread House at MOCALA gala. Image via Instagram @china_chow

 

Ryan McGinness @mcginnessworks

Often dubbed a modern-day Warhol, McGinness has created an impressive body of work that includes black light responsive Black Hole paintings, silkscreens of fluorescent nudes, and undulating acrylic sculptures. He is also a notorious party thrower; in 2009, McGinness threw a raucous theme party in his studio every Friday for 50 weeks straight. Recently, McGinness has turned to Instagram for a mini-project where he creates a work to share everyday. Most are pretty hilarious.

One of McGinness' works on Instagram. Image via Instragram @mcginnessworks

One of McGinness’ works on Instagram. Image via Instragram @mcginnessworks

 

Tom Sachs @tomsachs

Tom Sachs’ immersive installations are always fun, yet thought-provoking. He epic re-creation of a mission to Mars at the Park Armory Avenue last summer was an event for the art history books. His IG account is filled with shots of work in the studio, artwork he admires, and absurd everyday occurrences. You can really trace where he draws his inspiration from.

An overflowing garbage can that Sachs dubbed "Castle." Image via Instagram @tomsachs

An overflowing garbage can that Sachs dubbed “Castle.” Image via Instagram @tomsachs

 

Eric Cahan @ericcahan

In his Instagram profile, New York-based artist Eric Cahan says it best, “Is it just me, or is Instagram just Auto-Tune for photos?” Cahan hardly needs an “auto-tune” for his account. There he posts beautiful installation shots of his Sky Series photographs, as well as interesting headless portraits of women in fashionable outfits. Once in a while, he event posts a Sky Series type photo right on Instagram.

A gorgeous sunset captured by Eric Cahan. Image via Instagram @ericcahan

A gorgeous sunset captured by Eric Cahan. Image via Instagram @ericcahan

 

Kaws @kawsstudio

Kaws is probably one of the most popular artist on Instagram with 98,731 follows. While his installation shots and throwback photos are great, perhaps the best thing about his account are the many photos of his beagle looking super bored with being surrounded by his owner’s awesome artwork.

Kaws' dog is not impressed. Image via Instagram @kawsstudio

Kaws’ dog is not impressed. Image via Instagram @kawsstudio

 

Don’t Fret @dontfretart

Chicago artist, Don’t Fret, has been plastering the city with his goofy, fun-loving characters for years now. Keep up with him via IG and seek out his work for yourself. Just think of it as a super fun, street art scavenger hunt!

One of Don't Fret's many characters. Images via Instagram @dontfretart

One of Don’t Fret’s many characters. Images via Instagram @dontfretart

 

Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles @mocalosangeles

Almost every art museum, especially contemporary museums, have extremely active Instagram accounts. Here are Art Nerd Chicago we love the behind-the-scenes looks you can get via museum accounts like @MCAChicago, @NewMuseum, @WalkerArtCenter, @AlbrightKnox, and many others. However, if you are curious to see just how wild art museum galas can get, follow MOCA Los Angeles @mocalosangeles for scenes from their spring gala, #mocagala. We hear it was marijuana-themed, Rob Pruitt was the host, and there were baby goats. Enough said.

A panda helps direct guests at #mocagala to the "potty." Image via Instagram @mocalosangeles

A panda helps direct guests at #mocagala to the “potty.” Image via Instagram @mocalosangeles

 

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One Response to “A Round Up of Artists on Instagram”
  1. Gabi_Leigh says:

    I love being able to follow and keep up with awesome artists, no matter the choice of craft. And the journey and hard work it takes to become one of those highly recognized and inspirational people sure is a committed trek. I am a photographer and my good friend… an amazing artist. Along with taking notice of acclaimed artists, I try to spend time recognizing talented, upcoming individuals in their line of work as well. Check out @TwoFailures on instagram

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