The theoretical ‘dirt’ on President Joe Biden’s son Hunter is flowing into the media like high-pressure water from a firehose, but one wouldn’t know it by hanging out with the son at his New York City art show. On Thursday night, a “smug” Hunter Biden “cozies up to New York Post as he shows off pricey art at NYC gallery” the New York Post’s headline reads.
“Hey buddy, what’s your name? Who are you with?” the president’s son asked a New York Post reporter.
The Post writes that the reporter identified himself as a journalist with their outlet and the first-son-turned-painter gave him a friendly invite.
“Why don’t you come inside the gallery at 6 and take a look without your phone out?” Biden asked as he threw his arm over the reporter’s shoulder and walked him to the door.
Biden’s work was featured at a “soft-opening” Thursday night at the Georges Berges Gallery in Soho. Among the younger Biden’s work were abstract paintings on sheet metal depicting florals and a vibrant bird. Controversy had erupted over his artwork before, which has ranged in price from $75,000 for works on paper to half a million bucks for his large paintings, his art dealer Berges has said previously.
Art critics have admitted Biden’s art career would not have the price tag it does if he did not have the luxury of being part of the Biden family.
Ethics concerns have also risen with experts and officials warning that the “sales are vulnerable to issues involving people seeking to influence President Biden’s administration.”
The Post reports of the event:
“I painted and washed. I painted and washed it off,” Biden told a group of spectators in describing how he created the layers and splotches on a work in his “Haiku” series.
Biden declined to describe his pieces to The Post and instead inquired about the reporter and shook his hand — asking him to remember that he has a family when the paper writes about the first son.
Biden, 52, deflected when asked how much money his father, President Biden, made from his business deals with China and Ukraine.
The event ended around 8:30 p.m., but Biden stuck around inside with a film crew.
Documents leaked from Biden’s laptop suggested his father was due a 10% cut from a business deal involving a Chinese state-linked energy company that reportedly paid Joe’s brother James Biden $4.8 million in 2017 and 2018.
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