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Two tiny paintings by the young Canadian artist Mike Bayne, on the wall of the Armory Show booth of dealer Katharine Mulherin, who has galleries in Toronto and New York. I normally have less than no interest in contemporary photorealism, but in this case there’s special magic in the fact that Bayne presents his paintings at about the same small scale as the snapshots they were made from. And Bayne’s works are so slickly and immaculately painted that they can hardly be told from their sources—meaning that they come closer to being paintings of photos than paintings of the subjects they show. -Lucy Hogg
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