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Early work converted to Paint by Number type imagery.

Paranoid Style in American Art

Richard Hofstadter†’s article that appeared in Harper’s Magazine, November 1964, pp. 77-86. Seems even more relevant today than when it was written. The article was written referring to Political Ideas but it is equally relevant to the manner in which some discuss Art in a conspiratorial manner.

The Paranoid Style in American Politics
by Richard Hofstadter†

“I call it the paranoid style simply because no other word adequately evokes the sense of heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy that I have in mind. In using the expression “paranoid style” I am not speaking in a clinical sense, but borrowing a clinical term for other purposes. I have neither the competence nor the desire to classify any figures of the past or present as certifiable lunatics., In fact, the idea of the paranoid style as a force in politics would have little contemporary relevance or historical value if it were applied only to men with profoundly disturbed minds. It is the use of paranoid modes of expression by more or less normal people that makes the phenomenon significant”


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