Carl Andre: I have a theory that when kids learn to read, they start making art, because something has to mean something and works of art don’t mean anything.
Howard Hodgkin: I just paint pictures of emotional situations but all the colours and shapes I use have some sort of meaning for me.
Richard Deacon: I think this is a really interesting structure in Marge Simpson’s hair style.
Kiki Smith: For me, a lot of the reasons to make things are really to have an experience.
Nan Goldin: My work has always come from empathy and love, so I only photograph people who touch me, you know, wanting to touch someone and somewhere.
Richard Tuttle: This, I find, is quite a radical gesture; it’s looking specifically at the perception of colour.
Peter Capaldi: Some people didn’t like Surrealism. Freud didn’t like it.
Nicholas Serota: And we’ve managed to pull together some of the great works that Matisse made in the last decade of his life.
Olafur Eliasson: For some time now I have been interested in colour, and of course Turner is one of the great protagonists.
Chiwetel Ejiofor: The winner of the 2014 Turner Prize is Duncan Campbell.
Brian May: To me, it’s incredibly exciting to walk into this room and see some of these paintings which have never been on view to the public in our lifetime.
Shirazeh Houshiary: Life blinds us; we see better in darkness because it shows the paradox of seeing.
Lorna Simpson: I am never sure that a piece works; I mean, I think that the process of making it and thinking about it is interesting and challenging. Then that’s 90 per cent of the way, and that the end product, well then, that’s whatever it is.