"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
"Music is an abstract medium, and I thought painting should also just be what it’s about and not about other things- not about stories or symbolism. I don’t think of my painting as abstract because I don’t abstract from anything. It’s involved with real visual aspects of what you are looking at- whether wood, paint, or metal- how it’s put together, how it looks on the wall and works with the light. I use real light, so there’s not an illusion of light. It’s a real experience. The lines are real. You see real shadow. The wall is involved with the painting."
- Robert Ryman