I have always felt more related to the Abstract Expressionists than any other group. I think that’s what I came out of…But then it was Rothko to whom I would respond, especially in his later paintings…The whole idea of beauty was not embarrassing to me, as it was for a lot of people. Its one of the things that was encouraging about Rothko, that he didn’t seem to be embarrassed about it, either.

Brice Marden