Biden is selling his artwork for between $75,000 and $500,000 – a hefty price tag for a budding artist
hunter bidenhandjob President Biden’s The son, and the nascent artist, appeared last week at his first art exhibition, where he mingled with potential buyers.
Hunter’s art practices – in which his paintings are worth up to $500,000 – have worried ethics experts, especially because of his lack of formal art experience.
Hunter’s appearance at the event came despite the White House having previously said he did not know the identities of potential buyers.
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Biden’s nominee to be the US ambassador to India, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was reportedly among the high-profile attendees at Hunter’s art show.
Other attendees at the 200-person L.A. Milk studio exhibition included musician Moby and world champion boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, reports Daily Mail, Mother Jones and the New York Post.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday brushed off questions about Hunter’s appearance at the art show.
“Well, to be clear, we’ve talked to the arrangement that is run by representatives from Gallerist and Hunter Biden, which the White House suggested. I’m going to contact Gallerist as well for questions about the incident. I will also mention the representatives. In terms of Mr. Garcetti’s presence,” she said.
Walter Schaab, the former office of the Director of Government Ethics under President Obama, previously told Granthshala News that Hunter’s lucrative art career carries “shameful and grim sentiment.”
“The notion of the president’s son capitalizing on that relationship by selling art at apparently inflated prices and keeping the public in the dark is a shameful and terrifying experience,” Schaub said.
“He probably can’t think that someone is paying him based on the quality of the art. It sounds like an attempt to capitalize on the White House’s family connections,” he said.
Art experts have said that Hunter’s work is wildly overrated.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Granthshala News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.