"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
Kerry James Marshall Viewing "Many Mansions" (1994) at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000
"When I started out, I mean, the artists that I really admired, people like Géricault, that whole genre of history painting, that grand narrative style of painting was something that I really wanted to position my work in relation to. And so in order to achieve a similar kind of authority that those paintings had, I had to adopt a similar structural format."
—Kerry James Marshall