"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"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