"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"I want to present this image of the relationship that I had through the eyes and through the guise of nineteenth century academic painting. Because we are dealing with England and France, who invented Rome in a way. They invented Rome to help glorify their own role as great colonial powers with India and Africa and whatever they were colonizing...I’ve always loved [salon painting] anyway. It’s such campy painting."
- Eleanor Antin