As of June 8, 2012, the massively popular microblogging site Tumblr has over 58.9 million blogs. There’s virtually a blog (or hundreds) that focuses on any subject under the sky. Today we take a look at the world of contemporary art through six sites that do an excellent job at curating the best works out there. Day in day out, the people behind these sites find the most groundbreaking, exciting or intriguing pieces of art that are meant to rattle our senses or mess with our minds.
Here we go!
Lustik is one of those Tumblr blogs you come across once and you, immediately, feel compelled to bookmark. It’s not only chock full of amazing contemporary art – in the form of installations and sculptures – it’s also a great place to find gorgeous or thought-provoking photography. Started back in July 2010, this 2-year-old site is where large art blogs come to find interesting works to write on.
2. Job’s Wife
Started back in April 2011, Job’s Wife is curated by a person named Alec. Unlike the other sites on this list, Job’s Wife focuses solely on art (which includes artistic photography). If installation art is your thing, come to this minimalist site to scroll through incredible images of performances and installations. As Alec says, he looks for things that are “wild, beautiful, exciting, sometimes disturbing, [and] often shocking.” Ultimately, he collects images that strike, inspire or move him. We’re positive that once you check out his site, you’ll understand exactly what he means.
Visit HeyNay and you could end up scrolling through the site for hours. Unlike other Tumblr blogs, this one has more than just interesting pictures, its images are often accompanied by text. The curator of this site lives in Kauai and has a passion for art, psychology, history and films. Find everything from carved book landscapes to wine stain portraits on this blog that’s been around since December 2011.
Curated by Z, a writer and creative, Zanthi features notable works by artists and creators from all over the world. Here you’ll find everything from interesting art, like Vik Muniz’s portraits made of junk, to mind-boggling shadow creations, like those from Belgian artist Fred Eerdekens. You’ll always feel inspired at Zanthi. So whether you just want to know what Banksy’s latest piece is or you’re looking for some shocking hyperrealistic art, check out Zanthi and then make it one of your daily websites.
5. Standing at a Distance
An art history student named Emily Burke runs Standing at a Distance, a blog filled with awe-inspiring works. Emily is also a publisher at Line Magazine and art editor for the Edinburgh Journal. Started back in April 2011, this Tumblr is where you’ll find everything from explosive mixed media paintings to mind-bending installations found in nature. Burke also has a site called Writing from a Distance, a Tumblr blog that reflects on the current state of contemporary art.
6. Faith is Torment
Faith is Torment is a blog, started in March 2011, by artist Jason Jose who wanted it to serve as a daily dose of inspiration and as a design reference. In addition to this main site, Jose also runs a Tumblr that links out to interesting art, design and photography found around the web. You can tell that Jose has a deep appreciation for paintings (or photography that mimics paintings), as he’s a painter himself. Make sure to visit both the main blog and the Tumblr to get your fill of creative inspiration.
Which of these contemporary art Tumblr blogs most resonates with you?
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Alice Yoo is the founder and editor in chief of My Modern Metropolis, a place where trendspotters and art enthusiasts come to connect over creative ideas. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor’s in Economics, Alice received her MBA, worked in advertising for MTV and then started My Modern Met in 2008. With over 3.2 million page views per month, My Modern Met is one of the leading art and culture destinations on the web.