"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"Even though light is important, it doesn’t have to be special light. But the painting needs a certain reverent atmosphere to be complete. It has to be in a situation so it can reveal itself- since it is what it is on its own. It’s not representing anything else- what you’re seeing is really what it is- so it has to be in a certain visual situation because anything else will dilute or disturb it. The paintings do not signify anything other than how they work in the environment."
- Robert Ryman