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PROFILES

Mr.

Out of Body Experience

By Andrew Maerkle

•Mr. Photo by Miget.

Born Masakatsu Iwamoto IN 1969, JAPANESE artist Mr. borrowed his current moniker from Japan's Mr. Baseball, Shigeo Nagashima, who manned third base for Tokyo's Yomiuri Giants from 1958 to 1974. However, Mr. is more modest than his charismatic sports counterpart. Shy and reticent, Mr. speaks about his work in short assertive phrases rather than theoretical pronouncements. Right now he is preparing for his first solo show at New York's Lehmann Maupin Gallery in May. Along one wall of his studio - a former warehouse…

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