"In the paintings where it's there—the tenderness—I work for it. I'm not afraid of it. If I could put my bleeding heart in there, I would."
"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