Re: Barnett Newman
There is also the notion [within the theory of chronosomatics] that the operations of the mind, i.e. imagination, reenact the (physiological) operations of the body. For example, there is a fertile imagination, an assimilating imagination, a metabolic (creative/destructive) imagination, an electro-magnetic imagination, etc. According to the chronosomatic gauge, humanity in our time operates mostly via a combination of an assimilating and metabolic imagination.
Re: Matthew Barney
Perhaps the real rule of art is to in fact reference your sources. Hiding your sources only seeks to perpetuate the notion of undiluted artistic originality, which is all a myth to begin with, and a myth, moreover, that the art establishment (galleries, critics, universities, et al) charges dearly for inoculation thereof.