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  • Masami Teraoka

    Iannetti Lanzone Gallery

    Masami Teraoka is known for making funny, dextrous paintings on themes of bicultural imbalance. Done mostly with watercolors in a style evoking ukiyo-e woodblock prints, his burlesques work like certain New Yorker cartoons or the visual puzzles with captions that read, “What’s wrong with this picture?” One might leave them at that, except for their ever more complicated esthetic, narrative, and moral fascinations, which recall the equally puzzling, oriental side of Pieter Brueghel. Even as quick hits, they’re not trivial.

    Ukiyo-e prints are small and square, their colors having been applied with

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