Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World

Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World

by Neil Gaiman

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A stunning and timely creative call-to-arms combining four extraordinary written pieces by Neil Gaiman illustrated with the striking four-color artwork of Chris Riddell.

“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”—Neil Gaiman

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.

Art Matters bring together four of Gaiman’s most beloved writings on creativity and artistry:

  • “Credo,” his remarkably concise and relevant manifesto on free expression, first delivered in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings
  • “Make Good Art,” his famous 2012 commencement address delivered at the Philadelphia University of the Arts
  • “Making a Chair,” a poem about the joys of creating something, even when words won’t come
  • “On Libraries,” an impassioned argument for libraries that illuminates their importance to our future and celebrates how they foster readers and daydreamers

Featuring original illustrations by Gaiman’s longtime illustrator, Chris Riddell, Art Matters is a stirring testament to the freedom of ideas that inspires us to make art in the face of adversity, and dares us to choose to be bold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982595241
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 1,234,179
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.

Chris Riddell is an acclaimed British artist who lives in Brighton, England. He has written and illustrated many books of his own, including Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and Ottoline Goes to School, and has illustrated, for Bloomsbury UK, The Graveyard Book; Coraline; and Fortunately, the Milk; as well as The Sleeper and the Spindle.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

November 10, 1960

Place of Birth:

Portchester, England


Attended Ardingly College Junior School, 1970-74, and Whitgift School, 1974-77

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Art Matters: Because Your Imagination Can Change the World 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 3 months ago
This was really good. Liked the illustrations and the poems, especailly the ones about the libraries and reading of course. Really should read some Neil Gaiman books since I have heard of before and seen some of the books on shelves.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
This book is broken down into four chapter in which Neil “explores how reading, imagining, and creating can change the world.” The topics are different yet they carry the same theme, how our imagination can make a difference. Neil hits upon how we should all embrace the uniqueness within us. I liked how Neil talked about individual’s rights. How we have the right to be heard, the right to feel the way we do, the right to be wrong, and the right to have ideas and express ourselves. I felt that this section was important as it didn’t tell us that our own ideas were right or superior, just that we had the right to have these. I wish everyone would just consider there are others in the world with these rights and not be so self-centered in their thinking and views. Neil also talks about the importance of libraries and librarians. He talks a great deal about following your dreams. We all have dreams and whether we follow them or not, he knows it won’t be easy. This is a short, small book that’s inspiring to read. The artwork inside is charming and a great addition to the book.