Art Is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by ArtistsPhaidon Editors

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Advice, strong opinions, and personal revelations by the world's greatest artists - exclusively researched for this book.

Featuring the most inspirational and insightful collection of quotes by artists through the ages and across the globe, this exquisite keepsake is the ideal book for artists, collectors, and armchair enthusiasts. As painters, sculptors, photographers, and other visual artists see and experience the world through a unique lens, Art Is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists shows that their life lessons, private revelations, and frank, often irreverent, opinions can guide us all.

This unique and carefully curated book, packed with totally original research, is a go-to resource for revealing thoughts and personal advice on subjects as diverse as beauty, colour, light, sex, chance, discipline, money troubles, originality, fear of failure, danger of success, the creative process, and more – all messages transmitted from the artistic trenches.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 203 × 137 mm (8 × 5 3/8 in)
  • Pages: 336 pp
  • Illustrations: 0 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714872438

Created and edited by Phaidon Editors

As featured in Harper's Bazaar, Modern Luxury Aspen, Real Simple, and on mental_floss, Swiss Miss, and Vice's Amuse

'If the title of this book alone doesn't have you sold, then the list of contributing artists in this book should ... The uplifting autumn almanac you need.' – VICE

'This isn't one of those mediocre books of gooey inspirational quotes. This is a beautiful, thoroughly researched collection of real words from real artists. Anyone struggling with their creative life will find comfort and guidance here - I plan to keep it on my shelf and flip to a random page when I'm stuck.' – Austin Kleon, New York Times bestselling author of Steal Like An Artist

'A brilliant book of quotations by artists for everyone. It includes life lessons, private revelations and frank thoughts on money, sex, failure, creativity and originality.' – Evening Standard

'[T]his handsome leather book will serve as entertainment and resource for all creative minds. Plus, with its easy-to-navigate index with original sources, you'll be sure you're quoting your heroes correctly, and that is a thing of beauty.' – Real Simple

'A handy, dip-in/dip-out collection ... More than inspiration, the book gives an empathetic insight into the artistic life... I opened the package over coffee and the graphic, monochrome cover drew in a charming stranger. All "new" quotes - sources catalogued at the end - not a repackaging of the same old, Art Is ... a companion, a guide, and a friend for the lonely business of creativity.' – Disorder

'The most honest advice from the art world's biggest names ... Everyone has their two cents when it comes to advice. But with the amplification that the internet allows it's easy for any iota of substance to be drowned out. For every actual pearl of wisdom there are often 100 corny and empty memes on Instagram ... Thankfully, there is now an almost pocket-sized guide to get you through. Art Is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists - published last month by Phaidon - rounds up hundreds of quotes taken from the diaries, letters, interviews, memoirs, monographs, and more, of the world's most notable artists ... Brilliant minds coming together between two covers.' – Dazed

'Art is the Highest Form of Hope brings the wisdom of visual artists to the public, collecting some of the best quotes from the art world... You don't have to be an artist to appreciate the sage advice.' – mental_floss

'Beautifully produced, typographically inventive... The advice, aphorisms and wisdom of 290 artists.' – Art Quarterly

'This thought-provoking book relies on the persuasive power of well-considered words, creating a typographical delight in the process.' – A-N

'People who post motivational quotes on Instagram are legitimately the worst, but these quotes from your favourite artists are actually great. Like, life-affirming, motivating, moving. All of that. Buy this for someone you give a shit about.' – Dazed

'[F]abulous.' – Modern Luxury Aspen

'I like the way the book has been printed in a variety of type faces and sizes. It makes the quotes leap off the page ... Who said: 1) I don't believe in Art. I believe in myself? 2) It is not my intention to make anything comprehensible. 3) I've always had a thing about glass. I leave you to find out. Surprise your friends with your knowledge.' – Mature Times

'It is easy to get lost in Art is the Highest Form of Hope & Other Quotes by Artists. It's 333 pages of intriguing quotes creatively presented in a variety of typefaces. These are not the typical shopworn quotes made dull by overuse... It's addictive ... There are gems on every page ... If you need to be challenged, if you desire some hope, if you want your thinking to be rearranged, this is the perfect book.' – Florida Weekly

'Wise words.' – Marylebone and Fitzrovia Magazine

'Super fun and inspiring to flip through ... The pages are filled with creative, motivational, and empowering quotes from celebrated artists around the globe.' – MyDomaine

'This stylish book will look great on any art lover's coffee table, but that's not the only reason we love it: it's a carefully curated set of quotes from some of our favorite artists. Ranging from serious and insightful to hilarious and silly, the multitude of sayings will have your friend poring over this book's pages until the wee hours of the morning.' – Domino