Art Matters

Art Matters

Because your Imagination Can Change the World

Book - 2018
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"Drawn from Gaiman's trove of published speeches, poems, and creative manifestos, Art Matters is an embodiment of this remarkable multi-media artist's vision--an exploration of how reading, imagining, and creating can transform the world and our lives"-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062906205
Branch Call Number: 701.15 GAIMAN
Characteristics: [122 pages] : illustrations ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Riddell, Chris


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ArapahoeJillA Jun 27, 2019

Art does matter and Neil Gaiman tells us why in this tiny book of inspirational words.

LPL_ShirleyB Jun 07, 2019

These 100 pages of creative wisdom will benefit everyone wanting courage to write and imagine more!
Two of my favorite quotes:
"The things I did because I was excited, and wanted to see them exist in reality, have never let me down, and I've never regretted the time I spent on any of them."
"Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all the other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do...Make Good Art. I'm serious." He follows this with outrageous examples of things that may go wrong, including an illustration of a politician who resembles Boris Johnson or #45...and then he repeats, "Make good art." Yes!

JessicaGma Apr 03, 2019

A wonderfully illustrated manifesto about creativity, art and libraries drawn from Gaiman's writings and speeches. The art from Chris Riddell is top notch. Such a great book.

Feb 28, 2019

A tiny, beautifully illustrated book, full of good advice and insightful thoughts about the importance of libraries and art. Needless to say I enjoyed it greatly. It would be a valuable addition to any library.

Feb 10, 2019

This was a great collection of Neil's stories paired with the beautiful artwork of Chris Riddell.

Feb 08, 2019

An endearing and positive book about not being afraid of making good art. Truly, the art that Gaiman talks about is more than words and pictures, but it can encompass anything that can be created. The best quote from the smallish book is from Stephen King: "This is great. You should enjoy it." I heartily agree.

DBRL_ReginaF Feb 04, 2019

I adore Neil Gaiman. These essays and speeches go straight to my heart.

Jan 11, 2019

Short, sweet, inspiring.
Riddell's art compliments Gaiman's thoughts on this latest work reminiscent of 'Bullet Journaling' which could be a new twist for a life-abridged.
Of the four mini-chapters, I found 'Why our future depends on libraries, writing and daydreaming ' to be my favorite. Here are three reasons why:
1. "Fiction builds empathy. Fiction is something you build up from twenty-six letters and a hand full of punctuation marks, and you, you alone, using your imagination, create a world, and people look out through other eyes. You're being someone else, and when you return to your own world, you're going to be slightly changed."
2. "We need to teach our children to read and to enjoy reading. We need libraries. We need books. We need literate citizens."
3. "Books are the way that the dead communicate with us. The way that we learn lessons from those who are no longer with us, the way humanity has built in itself, progressed, made knowledge incremental rather than something that has to be relearned, over and over."
And from 'Make Good Art'
"I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant life did not feel like work."
Inspirational because the writers ideas make the reader want to record their own ideas. Well done!


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