"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"Bebop is swing- a more advanced development of swing. It’s like Bach. You have a chord structure and you can develop that in many ways. You can play written compositions and improvise off of those. So you learn your instrument and then you play within a structure. It seemed logical to begin painting that way. I wasn’t interested in painting a narrative or telling a story with a painting. Right from the beginning, I felt that I could do that if I wanted to but that it wouldn’t be of much interest to me."
- Robert Ryman