"Art making is a form of alchemy, in a way, because you are trying…to make gold from nothing. When it works very well is when you manage to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."
"I think in general the paintings have been really well received. But there's a lingering controversy around the sort of unequivocally black, kind of emphatically black figures. I wouldn't have done them if I didn't feel it, but I tend to think having that extreme of color, that kind of black, is amazingly beautiful...and powerful."
—Kerry James Marshall