"You know, art can be something which can really disempower people, or it can be a vehicle which can empower people."
"This is not a simulation of anything; it is a highly artificialized moment of representation. The painting has always been relentless about that. In the same way that you have to have that type of negotiation when as a contemporary viewer you go to an opera, there has to be a complete understanding and accepting of the whole mannerist endeavor or else you’re just not going to enjoy it. All the paintings set up this intense mannerism. Everything is hyperbolized and highly decorated. And the decoration is decorated...The work doesn’t shy away from that. It’s not about naturalism on any level."
- Lari Pittman