Social media

Analysis
Digital Age

The Art Newspaper at 30: how has art criticism changed in the digital age?

Through blogs, websites and social media, there is more writing than ever on the arts. But whether it adds meaningful insight, or just noise, is a matter of debate

Interview
Facebook

What's happening to free will and human agency? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to artist Jeremy Hutchison on Instagram today

On an Instagram Live chat, Hutchison wants to quiz the social media leader about algorithms and whether users on his platforms will get paid

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Instagram turns ten: how the world's favourite photo app disrupted the art market

Dubbed "the world's new big art dealer" the platform is often used to spark interest in sales and helps artists and galleries to grow international brands

News
Museums & Heritage

As US blocks TikTok, Italy's Uffizi claims the platform has doubled its number of young visitors

Experts predict that alternative platforms such as Byte App and Dubsmash will now go mainstream and museum's director says it is "ready to jump onto new social media"

News
Feminism

Vancouver painter’s $100 Facebook portraits raise more than $150,000 for residency project

Proto-Riot Grrrl Jean Smith plans to launch space to support international artists

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Secret censorship: what is behind Instagram’s ‘shadowban’ and how can artists fix it?

Everything creatives need to know about the social media platform's so-called "shadowbanning", from how to spot it to how to stop it

Blog
Insta’ gratification

From self-censorship to activism: artists react to Instagram’s ban on ‘offensive’ art

An online show by gallery 42 Social Club provides invaluable information on the social media platform's draconian filters

Blog
Social media

Boner Lisa? Dating app Grindr launches art section

Podcast

Art and social media: do museums need memes?

Plus, artist Rita Keegan on her postponed show and Julia Peyton-Jones on Leonardo. Produced in association with Christie's

News
Museums & Heritage

Facebook and Instagram ban trading of historical artefacts

Heritage group Athar were part of a campaign highlighting the social media giants' “black market in antiquities”

News
Censorship

'I have a 1% chance of being acquitted': Russian activist faces six years in prison for posting vagina drawings online

Police say the body-positive images, accompanied by captions like ‘Real women have body fat and it’s normal,’ violate pornography laws

News
coronavirus

How beret dare they: survey says artists are the most non-essential workers

Social media backlash prompts clarification from researchers after Singaporean newspaper poll paints artists in poor light

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Social media crack-down: how Instagram ‘protects’ us from art

As the art world's use of online platforms increases, so does frustration around its draconian censorship of creative images

Blog
Diary

Uffizi’s new TikTok account sets masterpieces to soundtracks by Adele and The Weeknd

Interview
Social media

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has gained almost 200,000 social media followers since lockdown began—here's how

We speak to the museum's social media manager Claire Lanier about her digital engagement strategies in the age of Covid-19

News
Social media

What are some of Tracey Emin's favourite works? Musée d'Orsay invites artists to delve into its collection on Instagram

British artist chooses some of the Paris museum's sexiest art in new lockdown project

News
Social media

Long lost families reunited: social media campaign uncovers the links between objects across UK museums

Galleries on lockdown connect online during coronavirus pandemic using #CollectionsUnited

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Go live and thrive: tips for the art world when livestreaming on Instagram

We speak to livestream novice Denia Kazakou, the founder of RedD Gallery, to get some beginners’ advice

Feature
Social media

The art world has thrown itself into live broadcasts online—but are they any good?

Livestreaming on platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Zoom has exploded in the past few months

Interview
Artist interview

Eva and Franco Mattes: ‘Technology does not create the social problems we so often criticise’

As the lockdown forces the art world to migrate online, the Italian duo, who embraced the internet in its infancy, are moving in the opposite direction

Analysis
Art market

How Covid-19 has forced the art market’s speedy digital conversion

In lockdown, many galleries have had a Damascene moment with online programming

News
Social media

#CuratorBattle: Twitter tussle reveals museums' prettiest, creepiest and sassiest objects

UK's Yorkshire Museum has been encouraging international institutions to share the most unusual items in their collections

News
Digital art

Finding room for creativity on Zoom, eL Seed creates a collaborative collage online

The French-Tunisian street artist will sell prints of the work to raise funds for hospitals in Paris and Gabes

News
Earth Day

Olafur Eliasson wants us to see the world differently through his new Instagram animations

The Danish-Icelandic artist is releasing the participatory social media project in celebration of Earth Day

Blog
Insta’ gratification

An Instagram masterclass from the man behind the Louvre’s eight million social media followers

We caught up with the Paris institution's head of digital communications, Niko Melissano, to get his advice on creating a mega-museum Instagram presence

Analysis
Art's Most Popular 2020

Which museums have the biggest social media followings?

Increasingly, the digital sphere is a new frontier for institutions to battle it out for the attention of culture-seekers

Feature
Media

Are commercial galleries the next big content producers?

The top dealers are increasingly becoming audio and video makers and magazine publishers—is it all still about sales?

Feature
Social media

The top six hashtags to follow now as the art world moves onto social media

The museums of Modern art in New York and San Francisco are leading the way on promoting digital content on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

News
Art market

As Art Basel in Hong Kong launches online, we look at how the art market is using cyberspace to combat coronavirus

From VIP virtual viewing rooms to grassroots digital action

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Augmented reality: the artists and museums pushing the limits of technology through Instagram

Sketch London's app that brings to life David Shrigley's prints is the latest in a string of developments from institutions like the New Museum and the Tate

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Instagram residencies: the artists moving into museums' digital spare rooms

As the Musée d’Orsay in Paris appoints an Instagram-artist-in-residence, we look at the growing trend in museums for social media takeovers and collaborations

Review
The Year in Review 2019

Ten memes that define the absurdity of the art world in 2019

From Maurizio Cattelan’s $120k banana to dedicated viral accounts, here are the images that tickled us this year

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Five steps to the perfect arty Instagram in 2020

Here are our top tips to help you gain—and keep—new followers in the new year

News
Banksy

Banksy transforms bench into Santa's sleigh in new mural highlighting UK homelessness

Street artist posts video of the work praising passersby in Birmingham for stopping and offering food and drink to a man sleeping rough

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Instagram trials the removal of its 'like' button—here is what it means for avid users

The social media platform wants to "depressurise" the platform but the decision could cost creative influencers and artists dearly

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Don’t make a hash(tag) of it: how to—and how not to—use hashtags on Instagram

We look at some of the best trending art campaigns and those that have been a flop

Blog
Insta’ gratification

Is ‘Instagrammable’ art world praise or the ultimate insult?

Olafur Eliasson's show at London’s Tate Modern is the latest in an increasingly long line of exhibitions whose main take-away seems to be the perfect selfie

Blog
In the frame

Lounging UK politician Jacob Rees-Mogg sends Twitter collagists into a spin

News
Censorship

Instagram censorship U-turn? Female nude posted by Palazzo Strozzi finally given greenlight

Museum officials say that the 1910 image by Russian artist Natalia Goncharova, on show at Tate Modern, was initially censored by the social media giant

News
Censorship

Long-running Facebook battle over censored Courbet painting gets happy ending

Social media giant pays out after closing French teacher's account for posting photo of the Origin of the World

News
Censorship

New US visa policy could stifle outspoken artists on social media

Several high-profile artists including Ai Weiwei have spoken out against the policy

News
Censorship

Artists take stand against social media censorship

Instagram and others are quick to ban female nudity, at a high price for the arts

Comment
Art market

Forget millennials —the art market should be looking at Gen Z

People under the age of 22 account for 40% of consumers