Who Is rg_bunny1: An Instagram Whodunit

Speaking by phone from the California desert, painter Jack Pierson recently attempted to identify rg_bunny1. “I decided he was an art / fashion writer from Germany or something, someone who before the internet was on local weird art television in Berlin,” Mr. Pierson, whose occasional direct message exchanges with rg_bunny1 suddenly asked himself the obvious question. “I asked, ‘Who is this? “” He stopped answering. It’s just boring that he never reveals himself, although part of what I should let go is guessing who this person is.

If no one seems to know it, many have theories. It must be David Rimanelli, some have said, before a portrait of Timothy Greenfield-Sanders by Artforum critic Mr Rimanelli appeared on the rg_bunny1 thread. (“Uh, no,” Mr. Rimanelli said in response to a reporter’s question. “People ask me every week.”)

Or it’s socialite and socially well connected Los Angeles painter Robyn Geddes (“I asked if we knew each other, and he kind of dodged the question,” Mr Geddes wrote of Instagram’s Sphinx. , adding that “he doesn’t answer a question directly.”) In theory, this is globe-trotting art dealer Tobias Meyer.

Or maybe, Christine Coulson, novelist and rg_bunny1 follower, suggested, “She’s a very precocious 13-year-old.”

Like many on rg_bunny1’s list, Ms. Coulson has no clear recollection of how rg_bunny1 first appeared on her Instagram feed. Once linked to him on social media, she began to view the account, with its torrent of posts, either as a form of visual catnip or as a nuisance.

“I’m around 600 people and some days half of my feed is rg_bunny1,” Ms. Coulson said. “For some reason he’s got great art, great people and clearly caters to a certain generation,” she said, especially when posting about characters like Karl Lagerfeld’s muse. Ines de la Fressange or the legendary eccentric Marquesa Casati, or the company of Andy Warhol. manager, the elegant and self-invented Texan Fred Hughes. “And there is no nature, no food and no selfies, and for me that’s a big plus.”

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