President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has sold at least five prints of artwork to unspecified buyers for $ 75,000 each at his recent Los Angeles exhibit, raising concerns among alleged art lovers buying access to the White House.
Hunter Biden’s transcripts were allegedly sold by the Georges Bergès Gallery in New York before the Oct. 1 opening presentation in California, a source in the case told the New York Post. The event was attended by prominent figures and celebrities, including musician Moby; artist Shepard Fairey, who made the famous Hope poster for President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008; and Mayor Eric Garcetti, the presidential candidate for ambassador to India. A scheduled show in New York this month has been delayed until the spring, the report added.
On October 1, the president’s 51-year-old son joined a crowd of 200 at an exhibition at Hollywood’s Milk Studios, where he was joined by his wife Melissa and two of his daughters, Naomi Biden, 27, and Maisy Biden, 20, according to the Daily Mail.
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A representative of the gallery in New York City refused to answer when the Washington Examiner was asked if the transcripts were sold. It is not immediately clear why the gallery postponed the show until next year.
In response to concerns about buyers affecting the administration, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on October 6, “We have spoken to the event run by the gallery owner and Hunter Biden’s representatives,” noting that purchasers of his work will remain anonymous to him and White House officials.
But representatives of galleries in New York said earlier this month that Hunter Biden would meet potential buyers despite Psaki’s recent statements – a point apparently at odds with the stated goal of keeping the president’s son unaware of who is buying his art. Bergès Gallery spokesman Robin Davis said “everyone will be examined” on both shows, “so whoever is appropriate will attend,” CBS reported in July.
Prices for the younger Biden’s art range from $ 75,000 for works on paper to $ 500,000 for his larger paintings, Bergès told artnet.com in June this year.
Experts in the art world have been pondering for months on the true value of Hunter Biden’s works of art, with some panning the efforts of the president’s son. Jeffry Cudlin, professor of art curatorial studies and practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art, said none of the value of art comes from the work itself.
“How much of that value is due to the art itself? It’s easy: None of that, ”Cudlin wrote in an email to the Washington Examiner earlier this year. “They are fine decorative amateur work. Hey, everyone needs a hobby! ”
“I’m not saying it’s snobbish,” Cudlin said, “or to comment on his ability to move a brush around. But he’s just not in the game – and there’s only one game in town. And you either play, or you do not. ”
Others expressed optimism that his art might one day be worth the price, such as art dealer Alex Acevedo, a 75-year-old art dealer and established collector who admitted, “I would buy a few of them.”
Bergès Gallery, established in 2015, has been a temporary home for many artists since its inception, including a once limited feature of works of art by actor Sylvester Stallone. Bergés once said he had eye an expansion from New York to Beijing and Shanghai. However, his site only shows galleries in the Empire State and Berlin. The gallery owner admitted in 2014 that China was “changing the world in terms of art and culture.”
Rep. James Comer, a Republican in Kentucky, expressed concern about the younger Biden’s art exhibits earlier this month.
“There are a lot of red flags there with Hunter. Hunter is a national security issue,” Comer told Newsmax. “I think the Biden administration knows that. That’s why they are constantly trying to procrastinate when they take questions about Hunter.”
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Bergès was charged in 2016 with defrauding an investor who gave $ 500,000 intended for gallery expansion, according to documents collected by CBS. After Bergès, among other things, corresponded to defamation, the two decided the case in 2018 on undisclosed terms, the report added.
The Washington Examiner contacted the White House but did not immediately receive a response.
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Original author: Kaelan Deese
Original location: Hunter Biden sells five works of art for $ 75,000 each in Los Angeles