"Series #23 (White)" (2004)

"Series #23 (White)," 2004
Oil on canvas, 15 x 15 inches. Private Collection, New York
Courtesy The Pace Gallery, New York

"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