The Followables: 10 Art Critics You Should Follow on Twitter


In the second part of a continuing, possibly infinite, series wherein we suggest to you the best Twitter feeds to follow, we’ve rounded up a selection of the World Wide Web’s most dedicated arts writers who impart their wisdom in nuggets 140 characters and less. These “Followables” love art but aren’t afraid to mock its ridiculous aspects, and for that, we’ll follow them ’til the ends of the Earth (from our own @flavorpill account, natch). See who made the cut and put your own suggestions in the comments.


Who: Carolina A. Miranda, blogger for C-MONSTER

Why: She’s smart, she’s funny, and she manages to take the piss out of art world pomp-and-circumstance while maintaining her enthusiasm for art and artists.


Who: Lindsay Pollock, arts market journalist who reports for Bloomberg, The Art Newspaper, and others.

Why: She’s got the inside track not just on the art market, but the media covering the market. Her recent live-Tweet of the Ai Weiwei panel at the Paley Center on digital activism is topical and dishy.


Who: Paddy Johnson, founder and writer of Art Fag City

Why: Johnson’s an instigator, which makes for entertaining reading. Snark aside, she’s ever-present and well informed, mixing in art reviews from her blog and The L magazine with gossipy asides and up-to-the-minute reporting.


Who: Tyler Green, writer/critic on Modern Art Notes

Why: Green, based in DC, manages to be almost omniscient in the sphere of art media, mired in everything from reporting on endangered land art to scrapping with Jerry Saltz to creating a bracket for The Greatest Living American Abstract Painter.


Who: Robin Cembalest, executive editor at ARTNews

Why: ARTNews is the most widely-circulated print publication on the topic of art, and Cembalest’s Tweets are a good indicator of where the magazine’s interests lie.


Who: Anonymous

Why: Live updates from museum exhibitions: maybe not so fun for Museum Nerd, but plenty informative for us. This Twitter also has a fairly wide scope, embracing not just fine arts museums but arts advocacy and education.


Who: Lethe Bashar, editor of Escape into Life online journal

Why: Bashar incorporates poetry, essays, and video into the publication’s visually compelling portfolios. For the most part, Bashar keeps his Twitter feed simple and to the point, with a host of links to featured artists.


Who: Julia Kaganskiy, art and social media Bright Young Thing who organizes the Arts, Culture & Technology meetup.

Why: Well, (a) art and (b) social media. She’s young, connected, and excited about spreading the good word. Though she’s currently a MoMA intern, we haven’t read too much dirt, but here’s hoping for a surreptitiously Tweeted Marina Abramovic encounter.


Who: Jerry Saltz, art critic for New York mag

Why: Because everyone in art follows him, even though he’s only Tweeted twice at current tally. We hope he’ll embrace the Twitter-monster the same way he has Facebook; what better channel for starting a flame war over gender parity in art institutions?


Who: William Powhida, artist

Why: The 140 character equivalent of Powhida’s needling of the art world establishment. Earlier this month, we followed along as the artist conducted #class at Winkleman Gallery in Manhattan.