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Art on the go – part one

February 20th, 2017


Scroll through the AGO’s favourite Instagram accounts, and turn your phone into a pocket-sized art gallery.

Art is everywhere – even in your phone. Thanks to social media platforms and the creative minds of artists, an Instagram feed can become almost like a virtual art gallery – instead of physically walking through from piece to piece, you scroll through digital images with a swipe of your finger. On the days where you can’t make it to an actual museum or gallery, that can be enough to soothe your appetite for inspiration.

To help curate the feed of your dreams, we asked a few members of the AGO team to share their favourite Instagram accounts with us. This is only the first instalment – so stay tuned for more of our favourite accounts!

Andrew Hunter, Fredrik S. Eaton Curator of Canadian Art

Andrew Hunter. Photo courtesy of the AGO.


Andrew worked closely with the Hammer Museum at UCLA to bring The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris to the AGO, and luckily he’s keeping up with what the Hammer’s up to online, via their Instagram feed that’s full of beautiful images from the collection and special exhibitions.


This contemporary art gallery in Gateshead, UK – the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art – turns its archive of exhibitions and commissions over the past 14 years into a stimulating visual feed, including behind-the-scenes looks at the process of art-making.

Sean O’Neill, Associate Director, Adult Programming & Partnerships

Sean O’Neill. Photo courtesy of the AGO.


Sean describes K8 Hardy’s Instagram account as full of “wacky, queer and deeply perverted self-portraits” – which we have to say is a great summary of her photos. In fact, her satirical portraits are a comment on social media’s fashion obsession, and she’s so good at it that Vogue even asked her for tips.

about to go cry at the “genius” bar, no i haven’t read your email ok?

A post shared by Random Degenerate of USA (@k8hardball) on


According to Sean, artist Geoffrey Farmer uses Instagram to post mostly “delirium-inducing archival video that he’s sourced from what seem like magical cable access television networks and golden-era movie studios from other dimensions.” We’re following immediately.

Graf Zeppelin #zeppelin #airship

A post shared by geoffrey farmer (@anhourbeforesleep) on

Corinne Rusch-Drutz, Chief Marketing Officer

Corinne Rusch-Drutz. Photo courtesy of the AGO.


This account is connected to, which highlights and tracks new exhibitions from all of the leading art institutions around the world. A quick glance at @galleriesnow will take you on a trip from Helsinki to Los Angeles to see the biggest attractions on display.


This Instagram account is a visual arm for the blogazine Hyperallergic, based in New York City. The images posted here are sometimes directly related to its stories of the day, or are taken from notable exhibitions, art events, or activities from the city.

While you’re curating your own visual arts Instagram feed, make sure you’re also following the AGO on Instagram at @agotoronto and our Director and CEO Stephan Jost at @stephanjostago. Then become an AGO Member so you can see our works in person for free as well as on your phone.

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