"Untitled (Altgeld Gardens)" (1995)

"The initial development of that unequivocally black, emphatically black figure was so that I would use them as figures that function rhetorically in the painting...And one of the things that I had been thinking about when I started to develop that figure was the way in which the folk and folklore of blackness always seemed to carry a derogatory connotation...A part of what I was thinking to do with my image was to reclaim the images of blackness as an emblem of power, instead of an image of derision."

- Kerry James Marshall