Top 20 Contemporary Art Websites and Instagram Pages to Follow – Part 1

Looking for inspiration and the next exhibition to see? Here are the 20 must-follow websites and Instagram (or Facebook) pages about contemporary art.

*in no particular order

1. Artforum

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Sneak peek of our September cover out this week, featuring Kerstin Brätsch, Unholdenfrau (zweite Dame) 2015, luster and enamel on antique glass, rolled glass shards, church-window bordering, heraldic escutcheon, agate slices, lead, 37 1⁄2 × 24 1⁄4". From the series “All Ready Maid Betwixt and Between,” 2012–16. Inside the issue: FALL PREVIEW: 40 shows worldwide; MUSEUMS, MONUMENTS, AND RACE: Huey Copeland and Frank Wilderson; THE GRAND TOUR: Venice, Münster, Documenta ; BENJAMIN H. D. BUCHLOH on Anne Imhof, Mark Bradford, Pierre Huyghe; KERSTIN BRÄTSCH; DIAMOND STINGILY; WALKER EVANS; JAMES ROSENQUIST; VITO ACCONCI; ROSA BARBA; HARUN FAROCKI; JANE CAMPION; PENDLETON WARD; and 50 reviews from around the world. Pick up your copy soon on newsstands or iTunes or subscribe now (link in bio). #artforum #artforumseptemberissue #KerstinBrätsch @lilboosieplaycousin

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Artforum: Defining the world of contemporary art since 1962″

2. The Art Newspaper

“Founded in 1990, The Art Newspaper is an online and print publication with offices in London and New York.”

3. ArtDaily

ArtDaily: The First Art Newspaper on the Net”

4. Artsy

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After just 10 minutes of bidding, a giant record was broken at last night’s @Sothebys postwar and contemporary sale with #Basquiat’s ‘Untitled’ portrait from 1982 selling for a whopping $110.5 million. Who was the buyer? Japanese fashion entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa (@yusaku2020) who also purchased Basquiat’s second most expensive work only a year ago. This sale set additional records as the first work created since 1980 to sell for over $100 million (only 10 works have ever surpassed that mark), the most expensive work by an American artist, and the most expensive work by an African-American artist ever sold. Follow Basquiat on Artsy to explore over 100 of his works and add one to your collection today! [link in bio] • #SothebysContemporary

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Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.”

5. Artnet

artnet is the leading online resource for the international art market, and the destination to buy, sell, and research art online.”

6. BlouinArtinfo

BLOUIN ARTINFO is the preeminent global source for up-to-the-minute news, information, and expert commentary on art, artists, and the business and pleasure of making, buying, and understanding art.”

7. e-flux

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e-flux journal no. 84 out now! with Emily Apter, Boris Groys, Houria Bouteldja, Rob Goyanes, Oxana Timofeeva, Claïre Fontaïne, Rijin Sahakian, Francesca Hughes, and Jacob Stewart-Halvey. “Indentured to the past, we drag our inherited identities through a forest of networks bursting with mysterious intellectual fruit. We’re not sure which concepts are poisonous and which are safe. History is like a mistranslated phrasebook full of old-fashioned illustrations which everyone makes fun of on the internet. Attempts at organization feel fanciful and absurd: eclectic inventories of apocalypse-kitsch. In “A Palace of Unsaids,” Rob Goyanes considers the work of mourning under twenty-first century conditions. Does it matter if we show up to the wrong shift at the memorial-factory as long as we do our time?” #EmilyApter #BorisGroys #HouriaBouteldja #RobGoyanes#OxanaTimofeeva #ClaïreFontaïne #RijinSahakian #FrancescaHughes#JacobStewartHalvey Photo: comment_ddb.

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e-flux is a publishing platform and archive, artist project, curatorial platform, and enterprise which was founded in 1998.”

8. ARTnews / Art in America

“Founded in 1902, ARTnews is the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world.”

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Our September issue hits newsstands this week, featuring a cover by Marta Minujín. With psychedelic forms and raucous Happenings, Marta Minujín invigorated the art scene in her native Argentina during the 1960s, often challenging her country's repressive governments in the process. This sculpture, titled Mattress (1964/1985), is included in "Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985," on view at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles this month as part of the Getty Foundation's Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative. Pick up a copy of the issue to read articles on "Radical Women," molecular sculpture, Markus Lüpertz, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, and Florine Stettheimer, as well as interviews with Jessica Morgan and Leslie Hewitt. Select features are available on our website. #MartaMinujín #ArtinAmericaCovers #MarkusLüpertz #FlorineStettheimer #JessicaMorgan #LeslieHewitt #BHQFU #PSTLALA @martaminujin @pstinla @hammer_museum @lesliehewitt @brucehighquality

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Art in America: The World’s Premier Art Magazine since 1913.”

9. Frieze

frieze is the leading magazine on contemporary art and culture.”

10. Hyperallergic

Hyperallergic is a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today.”

11. Art21

Art21 is a celebrated global leader in presenting thought-provoking and sophisticated content about contemporary art, and the go-to place to learn first-hand from the artists of our time.”

12. Contemporary Art Daily

Contemporary Art Daily: Selected contemporary art exhibitions from around the world, with new exhibitions posted each day.”

13. ArtAsiaPacific

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For ArtAsiaPacific's September/October issue, the editors spotlight artists who examine stories of their respective countries and their environs. These include teamLab, Nalini Malani, Lamia Joreige and Jagath Weerasinghe, all of whom look at micro-histories of specific places to touch upon how their communities respond to seismic events or research cultural traditions to dream up new futuristic virtual worlds. Elsewhere, Khvay Samnang explains his admiration of Zhang Huan's use of his body, time and space to narrate the politics of society. Read all of this and more in AAP's current issue! . 🎥: Copyright teamLab ( . A digital edition of AAP 105 is also available for purchase on iTunes, Google Play, Zinio and Magzter. . @teamlab_news #teamLab #cover #NaliniMalani #LamiaJoreige #JagathWeerasinghe #KhvaySamnang #ZhangHuan #artasiapacific #art #magazine #hongkong #september #october #issue

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“Established in 1993, ArtAsiaPacific magazine is the leading English-language periodical covering contemporary art and culture from Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East.”

14. Art Radar

Art Radar: Contemporary art trends and news from Asia and beyond.”

15. Larry’s List

Larry’s List is the leading art market knowledge company providing data, research and access to contemporary art collectors.”

16. The Artling / Artshare

The Artling: A curated selection from Asia’s best galleries and artists.”

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"Animal Regulation IV No. 18" (2016) by #Chinese #Artist Liu Di. C-Print. The exhibition "Break with Convention" opens today at Pékin Fine Arts in Hong Kong, and is on view until November 29th. Liu Di believes that “by violating the rules of common sense, we can break the hypnotic trance induced by familiar reality.” Liu uses digitally manipulated photographs to investigate the friction between the natural world and urban residents in China. His series “Animal Regulation” features large and cartoon-like wild animals. He explains that these works look at a mutually destructive relationship through ruins of both human and animal living spaces. Image courtesy of @pekinfineartsgallery. Follow our Instagram page @theartling!

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17. Ran Dian

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"Seeds of Time” (Shanghai Project Phase 2), at Himalayas Museum #shanghai "Conceived by superstar curators Hans Ulrich Obrist and Yongwoo Lee, the show is an ambitious look at artists and collectives responding to arising crises in sustainability—how do we bridge ever-widening gaps between leading-edge research, polarizing media, and mass understanding? With the exhibition title taken from an eponymous documentary about the agricultural pioneer Cary Fowler, whose fight for crop diversity has culminated in a global seed vault, the ongoing Shanghai Project is driven by a poetic aim: to germinate awareness of the gravity of our shared ecological situation, and have it spread like wild seeds. As the exhibition guides greatly outnumbered the visitors, the space felt like a derelict playground in which pockets of apocalyptic critique and poetic hopefulness co-exist.” (see more in profile link) #seedsoftime #shanghaiproject #shanghaimuseums #sustainability #ecology #當代藝術 #当代艺术 #미술 #アート #seni #ศิลปะ #上海 #상해 #上海 #เซี่ยงไฮ้

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“Launched in 2010, Randian is owned and run by its editorial board. We seek to promote independent cultural debate in China and to foster intellectual exchange between China and the rest of the world.”

18. Widewalls

Widewalls: Premier Contemporary Art Resource For Collectors”

19. Juxtapoz

“Founded in 1994, Juxtapoz is a monthly magazine that documents and makes accessible the creative. Juxtapoz is a monthly magazine that covers contemporary artists who deserve crucial attention.”

20. Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture: Where Arts and Culture Meet Technology.”

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Like this list? Check out my art guide here: Art Gallery Exhibitions, Openings and Events – Art Guide

Art vs Tech: Virtual Reality is the Future in Art

Have you ever thought about what immersive Virtual Reality (VR) technology can do to transform the creative process and viewing experience of art?

Back in 2014, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of the social media giant Facebook, announced the acquisition of ground-breaking Oculus VR.  Several big companies also launched VR headsets subsequently, whereas software company Adobe revealed virtual reality creative tools. The buzz generated caused tech experts to call the year 2016 as “The Year of Virtual Reality,” only to find that the price point is still too high for the technology to reach every nook and cranny of people’s lives.

Within the last two years, art institutions like K11 Art Foundation presented a number of virtual reality shows to the general public, such as “Electric Vibes” in 2016. Meanwhile, earlier this year at the Swiss mega-fair Art Basel Hong Kong 2017, we see a collaboration with Google Arts and Culture, which encouraged established artists to experiment with Google Tilt Brush in their artistic process.

Art Exhibitions

Let’s take a look at 2 art exhibitions which utilize virtual reality as their medium:

Art becomes virtual reality: Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR’
Art becomes virtual reality: Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR’

1. Chinese artist Lin Yilin teams up with Nonny de la Peña, the ‘godmother of VR,’ to enable visitors to attempt building a slow moving wall across a busy road in China as buses, trucks, cars and motorbikes swerve around them.

Royal Academy of Arts Virtually Real Exhibition Video "What it's like to make art in virtual reality"
Royal Academy of Arts Virtually Real Exhibition Video “What it’s like to make art in virtual reality”

2. Students from RA Schools of Royal Academy of Arts create works of art using virtual reality technology.

VR Events

Recently, “The Art of VR” was held at Sotheby’s from June 22-23, 2017 in New York. The event, in collaboration with VR Society of Hollywood, featured over 30 exhibitors.

Sotheby's The Art of VR New York in collaboration with VR Society Hollywood
Sotheby’s The Art of VR New York

Last but not least, let’s take a look at a TED talk about how virtual reality can be used as a storytelling tool to bridge the gap between the storyteller and their audience.

TED Talks video "The birth of virtual reality as an art form" featuring Google Cardboard VR
TED Talks video “The birth of virtual reality as an art form” featuring Google Cardboard VR

TED talk The birth of virtual reality as an art form showcases the relationship between music, art and immersive VR technology in the process of delivering mind-blowing and touching stories to the solitary or collective audience.

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