Five Essential TED Talks on Art Discover the inspiration that can only come from artists.

No matter what the topic, TED Talks have pretty much set the bar for videos that can profoundly inspire in a short bit of time. And, we think they are a particularly great venue for artists because they combine visuals and storytelling. We sorted through TED’s countless videos on art and here are five of our favorites.


1 // JR

My Wish: Use Art to Turn the World Inside Out

JR, a French street artist, won the 2011 TED Prize, which is awarded to “a leader with a creative, bold wish to spark global change.” In this video, the semi-anonymous artist describes some of the jaw-dropping, black-and-white photo installations he’s done globally. The video has been watched over 2.5 million times.

2 // Eric Doeringer

Copyright and the Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Eric, a Twyla artist, makes what he calls “bootlegs” or “recreations” of famous works of art, including Andy Warhol pieces, among many others. In his TED Talk, Eric discusses copyright law, how it intersects with art, and how the appropriation of imagery from popular culture has a long history in modern and contemporary art.



3 // Shirin Neshat

Art in Exile

Shirin Neshat is an Iranian artist who lives in New York City and is known for her film, video and photography work that explores gender, politics, religion and geography. In her TED Talk, she discusses the mixed feelings and experiences that come from being an artist working in exile.


4 // Vince Kadlubek of Meow Wolf

Radically Inclusive Art

Vince Kadlubek is the co-founder and CEO of Meow Wolf, an immersive art and technology experience that opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico last year. He describes how the art collective behind Meow Wolf set out to make “the most spectacular experiences that humans have ever seen.”  Bonus fun fact:  one of Meow Wolf’s biggest benefactors is George RR Martin, the author of Game of Thrones.


5 // Miru Kim

My Underground Art Explorations

Twyla artist Miru Kim is a Korean-born artist who lives and works in New York. In this video, Miru discusses how she came to make nude self-portraits in derelict underground spaces and the industrial ruins of New York City.