"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"The subject matter seems in some ways less dramatic than the kinds of subjects represented in traditional history painting. But that's also a part of what the painting is about. It's about those figures being represented that way: the relationship between this representation of figures and the absence of those kinds of representations in that historical tradition of grand narrative history painting."
- Kerry James Marshall