TEDxBoston 2011

Caleb Neelon

Courting the Creative Class

International public artist Caleb Neelon fills his talk with striking photos of his murals in cities around the world. Caleb argues that despite Boston’s love of innovation and institutionalized art, local artists are leaving the city, not because they want to, but because Boston’s blank walls don’t inspire their creativity.

Curator’s Pick: “I didn’t have authorization to paint [this wall], but … all the neighborhood ladies kept introducing me to their daughters!”

About Caleb: www.calebneelon.com



Born in 1976 in Boston and based in neighboring Cambridge, Caleb is an artist, writer, and educator. Caleb’s paintings and installation artwork have appeared in venues such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Laguna Beach Art Museum, Dafen Art Museum of Shenzhen, Mills Gallery, White Walls, and Space 1026, as murals on walls in Kathmandu, Reykjavik, Bermuda, Calcutta, Sao Paulo, across Europe, and in dozens of books, magazines, and newspapers around the world. Caleb Neelon’s Book of Awesome, his first artist monograph, is a 2009 release from Gingko Press.

Caleb is co-author (with Roger Gastman) of the landmark new book The History of American Graffiti from HarperCollins (April 2011), and is also co-author of the 2005 Thames and Hudson book Graffiti Brasil and 2007′s Street World from Thames and Hudson (UK), Abrams (USA), National Geographic (DE) and other international co-editions, author and illustrator of the 2004 children’s book, Lilman Makes a Name for Himself, author of the forthcoming Delusional: The Story of the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, and a collaborator on nearly a dozen other books.  In the past five years, Caleb’s writing has frequently appeared in Print, Juxtapoz, and Swindle, where he was editor-at-large.  Caleb speaks regularly at universities, international conferences and festivals.

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