Asia’s contemporary art Tumblrs: Pick of 6



On Monday 20 May 2013, Yahoo agreed to buy Tumblr for USD 1.1 billion in an attempt to reinvigorate their tired email platform with the user-generated content of microblogging.

Tumblr has proven so popular with visual artists and art institutions that New York City-based blog-a-zine Hyperallergic has partnered with the platform to “co-produce the first-ever Tumblr art symposium” in 2013. Culture website Rhizome offered a 2013-14 grant for Tumblr artists, also in collaboration with the microblogging site.

Searching for contemporary art on Tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Searching for contemporary art on Tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

As artist and art writer Joel Kuennen notes in an article called “What is Tumblr art?” published in May 2013 on ArtSlant,

Most users are content to reblog and <3 work that crosses their dashboards but this platform has also become indispensable to the contemporary cultural producer (prosumer) in that it provides both the material for production as well as the platform for dissemination.

Nestled between the images of Accidental Chinese Hipsters and what baristas can do with milk foam are the postings of artists, galleries and art organisations from Asia. Art Radar has dug up six contemporary art Tumblrs focused on the region and we share them with you below.

Screen capture of the ART iT tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Screen capture of the ART iT tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

ART iT from Japan
art-it.tumblr.com

A Tumblr veteran, Japanese-English art quarterly ART iT has been posting to the site since mid-2009, around the same time they left the world of print behind and embraced the digital age by becoming a fully online magazine. It is maybe not surprising then that they update their Tumblr very regularly with a carefully curated selection of art images borrowed from other art Tumblrs and, of course, their own website.

First post: 1 July 2009
Updated: multiple times each month

Screen capture of the Asia Society tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Screen capture of the Asia Society tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Asia Society
asiasociety.tumblr.com

The Asia Society is perhaps best known for the Asian contemporary art events that they host worldwide. We have covered their talks many times on Art Radar. But did you know that they offer a contemporary art information smorgasbord on their official Tumblr, covering everything from interviews with Instagram celebrities to video chats with Pakistani installation artists? Most posts link back to the content that is on their website and blog. A bonus: photographers can submit their most stunning shots to the site in the hope that they will be selected as the Photo of the Day.

First post: 7 November 2011
Updated: Daily

Screen capture of the Asian Art Museum tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Screen capture of the Asian Art Museum tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Asian Art Museum
asianartmuseum.tumblr.com

Perhaps unexpectedly for a museum that focuses on antiquities, there is a lot of “cool stuff” (as stated in their introduction to their site) to be found on the Asian Art Museum’s Tumblr. The feed comes mostly from the museum’s website and social media accounts like Instagram and Vine: a mix of information, photos and videos of and commentary on their exhibitions. There are also insights into Asian art and culture more broadly: what the arrival of a Red Bean Green Tea Cream Frappuccino in Taiwanese Starbucks might mean, for example. What else would you expect from “one of the largest museums in the western world devoted to Asian art and culture”?

First post: 20 April 2012
Updated: Irregularly throughout each month

Screen capture of the Contemporary Desi Art tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Screen capture of the Contemporary Desi Art tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Contemporary Desi Art
contemporarydesiart.tumblr.com

With the tagline “Bringing Desi art back”, this Tumblr makes good on its aim, offering readers a solid insight into the contemporary art of South Asia. A focus on images of art means that the site is a feast for the eyes, but there are also links to articles and videos, with some original postings scattered throughout, which offer further depth to the images.

First post: 26 February 2012
Updated: Irregularly throughout each month

Screen capture of the Rubin Museum of Art tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Screen capture of the Rubin Museum of Art tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Rubin Museum of Art
rmanyc.tumblr.com

Romping through the Rubin Museum of Art’s Tumblr is akin to taking a stroll through their museum. The site is chock full of interesting factoids on Asian antiquities and art, and even includes fun entries on the region’s geographical, botanical and zoological curiosities. The museum also uses the blog to update followers on staff and administrative news, events and recent press coverage.

First post: 1 June 2013
Updated: Daily

Screen capture of the Singapore Biennale 2013 tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Screen capture of the Singapore Biennale 2013 Tumblr. Image by Art Radar.

Singapore Biennale 2013
singaporebiennale2013.tumblr.com

Looking for in depth essays on contemporary art in Southeast Asia by leading art professionals? Look no further than the Tumblr for the Singapore Biennale 2013, an art event organised by the Singapore Art Museum (SAM). The contributions by local art luminaries like Audrey Wong, Ho Rui An and Nguyen Nhu Huy, which are sandwiched between accessible articles like the dispatches by SAM programme manager Mabel Liu, will keep us coming back.

First post: 4 December 2012
Updated: Irregularly throughout each month

This list is by no means exhaustive. We want to hear from you, our readers. Tell us which Tumblrs you follow in the comments section below.

KN/CN/CXMA

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