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 and creating can change the world. A creative call to arms, the book will champion freedom of ideas, making art in the face of adversity and choosing to be bold. It will be inspirational to young and old, and will encourage glorious, creative rebellion.

Art Matters Details

TitleArt Matters
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 6th, 2018
PublisherHeadline
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Art, Short Stories

Art Matters Review

  • Bookdragon Sean
    January 1, 1970
    "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 followed: 1. Credo 2. Why Our Future Depends on Librari "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 followed: 1. Credo 2. Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming3. Making a Chair (more of a poem really.) 4. Make Good Art So you may have read these before, as I have; however, that being said, I’m not overly disappointed that there’s nothing new here beyond the illustrations. These pieces speak to each other and form a persuasive argument about the importance of art, regardless of the particular medium, and establish why it’s so important for society. We need people who understand the world and can empathise with situations different to our own, we need leaders and individuals who can look past their own personal experience and act accordingly. We need literate people. We need people who can imagine a better world than the one we have so they can work towards building it (or at the very least representing it.) All in all, the world needs more readers, writers and artists. And Gaiman establishes it so convincingly here (not that many people who would pick a book up like this need convincing.) “We need to teach our children to read. And to enjoy reading. We need libraries. We need books.” I have so much respect for Gaiman and his work. As all writers do, he wrote stories to make money though he also did it because it was his passion. At the young age of fifteen he knew it was his calling and he worked towards his goals until he achieved success and fame (then he carried on writing some more!) Beyond that though, he has got so many children into reading with his work. Just look at his sales figures. Granted many of his readers are adults, but he has opened the literary doorways for many with his creative and intelligent writing. Because of the sheer volume of quality work he has produced, the variety of it and the innovative nature of his original ideas, I think he deserves the noble prize for literature. I’m almost certain that this year he will win it. He has been shortlisted, and from the four candidates chosen, it seems to be a two horse race between Gaiman and Murakami (Guardian article.) Both are fantastic writers, though I think Gaiman has a slight edge because he can write in very different ways where Murakami has found his niche and dominates it. Could 2018 be Gaiman’s year? If I were a betting man, I’d put money down that it is. (What a victory that would be for the world of fantasy literature.)Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Insta | Academia
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    I needed this. Also Chris Riddell could stab me with a pencil and I'd thank him.
  • Aoife
    January 1, 1970
    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 for anybody but me, but it's true that nothing I di 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 for anybody but me, but it's true that nothing I did where the only reason for doing it was the money was ever worth it, except as bitter experience. Usually I didn't wind up getting the money, either.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.
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  • verbava
    January 1, 1970
    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, що прогортати її всю можна хвилин за двадцять. корисна штука на випадок, якщо радість від того, що робиш, десь загубиться.утім, раз я вже про відчуття радості, від книжки складається враження, що двоє дуже талановитих і загалом класнючих чоловіків сиділ 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, що прогортати її всю можна хвилин за двадцять. корисна штука на випадок, якщо радість від того, що робиш, десь загубиться.утім, раз я вже про відчуття радості, від книжки складається враження, що двоє дуже талановитих і загалом класнючих чоловіків сиділи собі в кнайпі, з великим задоволенням черкали на серветочках, а потім це так і видали. що, звісно, не проблема саме в собі, але все-таки.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Christoph
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Molly Jamieson
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Kitty
    January 1, 1970
    neli Neil Gaimani (varemavaldatud) teksti Chris Riddelli käekirja ja illustratsioonidega... jah, ei teagi, mis peaks valesti minema, et see kehvasti välja kukuks ja inimestele ei meeldiks.mind kõnetab neist neljast enim muidugi see, mis räägib raamatukogudest ja lugemise olulisusest. sellest, et raamatud on nagu haid ja et lugedes õpib laps, et asjad ei pea olema nii, nagu nad on."Make Good Art" on ka selline... üldine elujuhiste kogumik, millel on ühtteist öelda ka inimestele, kellelt palju kun neli Neil Gaimani (varemavaldatud) teksti Chris Riddelli käekirja ja illustratsioonidega... jah, ei teagi, mis peaks valesti minema, et see kehvasti välja kukuks ja inimestele ei meeldiks.mind kõnetab neist neljast enim muidugi see, mis räägib raamatukogudest ja lugemise olulisusest. sellest, et raamatud on nagu haid ja et lugedes õpib laps, et asjad ei pea olema nii, nagu nad on."Make Good Art" on ka selline... üldine elujuhiste kogumik, millel on ühtteist öelda ka inimestele, kellelt palju kunsti loota pole mõtet (mina). mulle meeldis see koht, kus selgitati, et vabakutselise edu pandiks on täita vähemalt kaks kolmest tingimusest: teha head tööd, olla kena inimene ja pidada tähtaegadest kinni. kehtib mumst igal elualal."Credo" on, noh, kreedo, millega on ka raske mitte nõustuda - kõigil ideedel on õigus eksisteerida; nendega võib vaielda või neid võib ignoreerida, aga relvaga võidelda nende vastu ei saa. kuigi, noh, mulle tuleb ikkagi kohe pähe päris palju ideid, mis minu poolest pigem võiksid olemata olla, ja mul vist ei ole nii palju hingesuurust, et nende eluõiguse eest põhimõtte pärast välja astuda.(ja siis on seal keskel veel mingi tooli kokkupanemise lugu, mis jääb mulle küll üsna arusaamatuks. kui see on allegooria, siis ma ei mõista seda, ja kui ei ole, siis... ikka ei mõista:) aga õnneks see on lühike ja eriti ei sega, ja pildid on ju kenad.)
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  • Justyna
    January 1, 1970
    A short but w lovely book for fans of both authors, but also a lot of insight into freedom of speach, creativity and the importance of libraries.Some words to take to heart, some words to live by, some words to get (more) liberated in the pursuit of artistic endeavours. Definitely a good thing to read.You don't know it yet, but it's likely you need this book.Also I've loved NG's writing forever, but Chris Riddell and his drawings are quite a revelation.Do check it out.
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  • Clelia Zotti
    January 1, 1970
    Nice little book,read in 30 minutes of commute.
  • Kaya
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly so inspiration and beautifully written :)
  • Rachel Slocombe
    January 1, 1970
    Beautiful words beautifully illustrated.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Gaiman & Riddell, what a perfect combination.
  • Suad Shamma
    January 1, 1970
    This book was short and sweet. It delivers a very good and strong message and encourages people to do what they love and what they are passionate about. To keep art alive, by feeding the imagination and not extinguishing the creative flame in kids, or adults, by continuing to read books and go to libraries. The actual, physical, kind. To be able to smell the pages and hear them crinkling and swooshing as you turn them and seeing the aging wrinkles on the spine that demonstrate how many times you This book was short and sweet. It delivers a very good and strong message and encourages people to do what they love and what they are passionate about. To keep art alive, by feeding the imagination and not extinguishing the creative flame in kids, or adults, by continuing to read books and go to libraries. The actual, physical, kind. To be able to smell the pages and hear them crinkling and swooshing as you turn them and seeing the aging wrinkles on the spine that demonstrate how many times you've read a book and how old it's become. Art matters.
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