In a move that should earn the ire of ethics watchdogs everywhere, first lady Jill Biden is using her publicly-funded White House office space to display artwork created by her scandal-plagued stepson, Hunter Biden, amid plans for other of his works to be sold to unnamed investors for upwards of $500,000, according to the New York Times.
As the Daily Mail noted recently, pieces created by Hunter Biden – a novice artist in the truest sense of the word – are poised to be offered for sale at prices ranging between $75,000 and $500,000 to supposedly anonymous purchasers following upcoming exhibits in Los Angeles and New York City.
Biden’s art dealer, Georges Berges, explained that the first son will indeed attend the exhibits in order to speak with potential buyers, but that purchase offers and pricing will not be discussed at those times, but will be handled later by gallery staff.
“Obviously, artists have to attend their own opening – both openings will be ‘by invitation only’ and limited to friends and family,” Berges said to the Times.
Hunter Biden’s seemingly out-of-the-blue emergence onto the art scene has continued to raise eyebrows, not just over the massive prices he and his gallerist expect his work to command, but also because, in some observers’ estimation, the entire scenario raises all sorts of red flags in the realms of money laundering and influence peddling.
Peter Schweizer of the Government Accountability Institute is among those who are highly critical of the arrangement, earlier this year calling it “genius” in the diabolical nature of its corruption, given the utterly subjective nature of art. “So if somebody is prepared to send half-a-million dollars to an artist for a piece of art, who can question it?
Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo has also pointed out the dangers of Hunter Biden’s foray into the world of high-priced art sales, asking earlier this year, “What’s to stop a Chinese company, or an Iranian company, a Chinese company tied to the Chinese military and the Communist Party to pay half-a-million dollars for art, and then say, wink, wink, take this company off the blacklist…?”
Referencing the declared policy of the White House to let Hunter’s gallerist handle the transactions and trust that he will reject any unusual offers from potentially nefarious actors, University of Michigan art history professor Joan Kee lamented to the Times, “We have a situation in which the White House is essentially giving a private gallerist that no one has ever heard of a political position.”
Remaining true to form when it comes to the Biden family’s position on those who would dare call its habitual graft into question, when asked about his critics, Hunter replied simply, according to Breitbart, “F*** ’em.” The first lady’s decision to hang his artwork in the White House seems to suggest that is a sentiment she shares.