"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"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