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

Courtesy of Jean-Philippe Delhomme (@jeanphilippedelhomme)

Armed with an Instagram account, an artist can almost sidestep the real-life art world entirely: you can show your art on Instagram, sell it—even make it—all from the comfort of your armchair. Last month, the Musée dOrsay (@museeorsay) in Paris announced its first “Instagram artist-in-residence”, reminding us of another vital part of an artists life that has entered the digital realm. As part of his “residency”, the French illustrator and painter Jean-Philippe Delhomme (@jeanphilippedelhomme)—also a regular contributor to our sister publication, The Art Newspaper Edition Française—will post a new image each week for a year on the museums social media account. “The idea is to imagine what it would have been like if late 19th-century artists had been on Instagram and had their own accounts,” Delhomme tells The Art Newspaper. His first post on 7 January, pictured below, was a sketch of the 19th-century French art critic Joris-Karl Huysmanss imagined Instagram post, thanking the Impressionist painter Jean-Louis Forain for a portrait of him.

Courtesy of Jean-Philippe Delhomme (@jeanphilippedelhomme)

The Musée dOrsay is not the first programme in this vein. In fact, it was Instagram itself that started the ball rolling in 2016 when it chose the photographer George Lange to be its first artist-in-residence. Lacma added the museum world to the bandwagon in 2017 when it invited the artist and archivist Guadalupe Rosales to post on its Instagram account for six weeks. Few other museums have taken up the idea of a “residency”, although many have hosted Instagram takeovers, including New Yorks New Museum (@newmuseum), the State Museums in Berlin (@staatlichemuseenzuberlin) and Londons Serpentine Galleries (@serpentineuk). Even Read More – Source

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