Jesse Benson and the ‘Dragnet’ aesthetic: Just the facts

Combating public corruption comes about midway down the list of official priorities for the FBI. Seven recent small oil paintings on panel by Jesse Benson take the agency at its word, albeit in an unexpected way.

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In his solo debut at Michael Benevento Gallery, Benson zeroes in on nondescript tabletops and bland corners of storage rooms for confiscated works of art. Paintings, prints and sculptures are casually stacked or arrayed, often interspersed with FBI promotional materials and portrait photographs of agency officials. Benson’s realist paint-handling is

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