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Blue Apple

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Persian (Iran)
The following text is describing this poster by Jeff Koons. Does the bold sentence mean:

"Koons' work has provoked paranoid reactions... and these paranoid reactions believe that his work is the cause of the deviation of art... and he is poking fun at these paranoid reactions" ?

Description:
In this instance, Koons claims to show himself indoctrinating very young children and exploiting their vulnerability with the intent to outrage Artforum readers, ‘the people that hate me’, in order to make them hate him even more, ‘because I was taking away their future. I was getting at their future, the youth of tomorrow.’ Here, Koons is at once playing the petulant child and poking fun at the paranoid reactions that his work has provoked concerning the debasement of art (Art and Advertising by Joan Gibbons).
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    and these paranoid reactions believe
    Paranoid reactions cannot "believe" anything. The people who have the paranoid reactions believe something. :thumbsup:
    Here, Koons is playing pretending to be the [typically] petulant child and, at once the same time, he is poking fun at the paranoid reactions that his work has provoked [among Artforum readers,] concerning who were worried about the [general] debasement of art [and who saw this example of his art as something that debased art.]
     
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