Art Matters by Neil Gaiman

Art Matters

Combining Neil Gaiman's extraordinary words with Chris Riddell's deft and striking illustrations, Art Matters will inspire its readers to seize the day in the name of art. Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision. Drawn together from speeches, poems and creative manifestos, Art Matters will explore how reading, imagining...

Details Art Matters

TitleArt Matters
Release DateSep 6th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Art, Language, Writing, Essays

Reviews Art Matters

  • Lisa
    The answer is not 42 after all. The answer to life, the universe and everything is:MAKE GOOD ART. Which of course may well be what Douglas Adams did, hitchhiking his way through the universe in a bombastic show of creative power. So 42 and "MAKE GOOD ART" could be seen as synonyms.A mutated boa constrictor is harming you? Time for making good art.This collection of passionate essays by Neil Gaiman and outrageously funny drawings by Chris Riddell ...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    "Make good art. I’m serious." This is a collection of four essays, each forceful and energetic, that directly address why it is so important to read and write and, more importantly, they impress upon you why children should be doing it too. This is not new material but has instead been published in various magazines and online publications, some of them even appeared in The View From the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction. The essays are as foll...
  • Nat K
    Oh my goodness, I l💕ve this book! I read it on the work commute home and am SO impressed with it. One of those books that makes you believe that good things can happen.Imagine a world devoid of beauty. Without colour. No artworks to adorn walls or office desks. No words of wisdom to inspire or incite. Imagine a world without books!Art matters because it soothes the soul, keeps the blood pumping through our veins, makes us think. It connects us...
  • Ellie
    I needed this. Also Chris Riddell could stab me with a pencil and I'd thank him.
  • Trish
    Neil Gaiman once said that 'the world always seems brighter when you've just made something that wasn't there before'. This little book is the embodiment of that vision.(from the blurp)Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell have teamed up a number of times before and make a great team. Both wholly embrace enthusiastic fans, fan art, any art, as well as charities. Therefore, they created this little book in which Chris Riddell illustrates speeches, poems, ...
  • Robin Bonne
    A reprint of an essay that I believe I previously read in The View from the Cheap Seats.
  • Ashley
    Come ON people !Star Rating: 1,000,000 (5) STARS! ART MATTERS Because Your Imagination Can Change The World “I suggest that reading fiction, reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do.” I want to shout my love for and the the importance of this book from the rooftops. This book is everything .Please if you do read this based upon on my review I’d really love to hear/ see your feedback. I’m just blown away.P...
  • Aoife
    A very quick read (I just read this in work, don't tell anyone) featuring some of Neil Gaiman's wisest words paired with Chris Riddell's fantastic illustrations. Neil's advice basically boils down to 'do the thing that only you can do, and do it well' and it's a wonderful read. Buy one for everyone you know.(He also loves libraries and librarians, and they're cousins to bookstores. So I feel like he loves us too.)I don't know that it's an issue f...
  • verbava
    якщо взяти вже не раз публіковані хороші (і мотиваційні) тексти геймана про мистецтво й доповнити їх упізнаваними (і гарними) ілюстраціями кріса рідделла, вийде наперед знайома книжка, яку все-таки хочеться знов погортати. а потім ще. тим більше, щ...
  • Asha Seth
    Gaiman says, "Make Good Art. I'm serious."I say, "Read more Gaiman. I'm serious."..This is a cute little book with Neil Gaiman's advice on reading, writing, following your dreams, importance of libraries and librarians, why kids should read, and respecting art, and the illustrator's endeavor into transforming those pieces into sketches.I thought of doing a picture review so readers get a hint of what to expect from this tiny little enchanter of a...
  • Lauren
    Gaiman and Riddell can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a perfect team. A sweet, inspirational set of short essays, illustrated by Riddell. Loved it.
  • Vivek Tejuja
    It has been established the world over (if not, then it should be) that Neil Gaiman is one of the most prolific writers that we have, and we must never forget that. In fact, we must cherish what we have every single day and celebrate him by reading more of him, but obviously, day after day. Art Matters is a collection of his short essays (all previously published individually and collectively in The View from the Cheap Seats) about art, reading, ...
  • MadameMelli
    Ich kann gar nicht anders als fünf Sterne zu vergeben! Es wurden Zitate aus Gaimans Reden und Essays genommen und von Chris Riddell illustriert. Eine Kombination der Kunst dieser beiden Genies ist unglaublich schön anzusehen und inspirierend
  • Angela Magic Art
    Really really good! Its Neil Gaiman inspirational art and creativity short essays. How could I not like it!? Also with Chris Riddell's amazing drawings! I didn't give this 5 stars because I didn't realize that I have read most of these already. Make Good Art, I have read and listened to many times, and Building A Chair I have also read before, and some of the Library Essays. The only part that was new to me was the Freedom of Speech sections in t...
  • Karla
    "Be bold. Be rebellious. Choose art. It matters"
  • Liz
    What a gorgeous, sweet & very very wise little book. Neil Gaiman is someone that should definitely be read & listened to, so if you haven’t already, why not? If you haven’t bought copies of his books for all the young people in your life, why not? Get out there today and remedy that at once! You won’t regret it, and neither will your young ones.
    Art matters, because your Imagination not only could change the world, but it would make it better!L'arte é importante non solo perché la tua immaginazione potrebbe cambiare il mondo, ma perché potrebbe addirittura migliorarlo!
  • Becca
    I want to reread this once a week for the next year.
  • Angi Plant
    A book full of wisdom and great thoughts and beautiful artwork. Immensely enjoyed it.
  • Eddie Clarke
    This would make a very charming and inspirational Christmas stocking filler for a creative young person.
  • Namratha
    The words of Neil Gaiman.The art of Chris Riddell.
  • Malin Elizabeth
    This book made me want to become ME, the person I dreamed of being as a child. I want to learn to stop doubting my abilities and do all the creative things I like to do and start the future I tell myself is just a dream. Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell, you just upped your game!
  • Leah Rachel
    Over the years, Chris Riddell has illustrated a few pieces of speeches and essays by Neil Gaiman, to tremendous effect. This brings four of those pictorial essays together into one lovely, small tome, that discusses art, inspiration, and why we need libraries.
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  • Justin Lau
    Truly inspiring words from an author and human I deeply respect.
  • Abigail van Roode
    I have enjoyed seeing Chris Riddell illustrate various Neil Gaiman poems and other writings online and was very pleased to get some of them collected in this book. I wish they had included The Day The Saucers Came. Riddell’s illustrations for that were wonderful.
  • Christoph
    Das war irgendwie klar, die Vorfreude wurde voll bestätigt. Ein kleines feines Buch mit klaren und verständlichen Weisheiten von Neil Gaiman und grandios illustriert von Chris Riddell.Wenn man die Werke von beiden mag und gerne liest, dann wird man sich hier erneut verlieben. Das kann leicht ein Buch sein, dass man immer da ei hat, einfach nur um darin ein wenig zu blättern, etwas nachzulesen, und manches mehr.
  • Jessica Shelley
    A rallying cry for all artists and creators. This one's staying on my desk. (Lord knows I'll need it this year!)
  • Molly Jamieson
    I love Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell and will basically buy anything they do together. The marriage of Riddell's illustrations with the wise words of Neil Gaiman here have given me a huge creative boost and I feel artistically charged up for the first time in ages. Highly recommend!