"From early on, very early on, I understood that art is not about what you say. It’s about these other things that you don’t say."
"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