Officials for the Biden administration have reportedly been involved in setting up the business plan that allows buyers to purchase first son Hunter Biden’s artwork, according to The Daily Wire.
The strikingly expensive art carries a price tag as high as half a million dollars, but it’s not open for just anyone to view or purchase.
“Under an arrangement negotiated in recent months, a New York gallery owner is planning to set prices for the art and will withhold all records, including potential bidders and final buyers,” The Washington Post reported.
“Biden’s art sale, expected to take place this fall, comes with potential challenges. Not only has Biden previously been accused of trading in on his father’s name, but his latest vocation is in a field where works do not have a tangible fixed value and where concerns have arisen about secretive buyers and undisclosed sums.”
Questions about the ethical nature of this arrangement have been swirling, even among Democrats, who believe that the administration shouldn’t be involved in the business dealings of one of the president’s children.
There have also been concerns about the suspiciously out of proportion prices for the art of an artist that may be famous, but not for any artistic ability, something that Marc Straus, owner of a high-end art gallery in New York City, told the Post when he said “nobody would ever start at these prices.”
“The whole thing is a really bad idea,” said Richard Painter, a former White House ethics official. “The initial reaction a lot of people are going to have is that he’s capitalizing on being the son of a president and wants people to give him a lot of money. I mean, those are awfully high prices.”
Additionally, the art buyers are going to have their identities maintained in anonymity “even from the artist himself,” according to the Post.
“A foreign government could front someone to make a purchase, Painter said, or lobbyists could try to buy the art to win goodwill from the White House,” the outlet went on. However, that doesn’t quail questions from critics like Scott Indrisek, a former editor in chief of Modern Painters magazine who called Biden’s pieces “the most anonymous art I can imagine. It’s somewhere between a screen saver and if you just Googled ‘midcentury abstraction’ and mashed up whatever came up,”