Despite a House Republican inquiry into the first son’s transactions, Hunter Biden is set to continue selling paintings to anonymous buyers in New York City this week.
The president’s son will reportedly be in attendance at an art event in New York on Thursday, where his work will be included alongside that of abstract legends Elaine de Kooning and Helen Frankenthaler.
The celebration will be hosted at Georges Bergès, Hunter’s art dealer, who has his own gallery in Soho.
Adam Thompson, a well-known artist from Miami, recommended that Hunter donate part of the proceeds from his anonymous sales to fund arts education.
Thompson said that hoped Hunter Biden has at least some self-awareness of how his work got where it is, and he hopes he’ll think about kicking some back to some school art programs and not merely to ‘the big guy.’
Concerns about the purchasers’ identities and intentions have been raised by Republicans in Congress.
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee and Republican from Kentucky, James Comer, has previously said that it is “95% certain” that artwork sold by Hunter has made its way to China and may have been used to gain leverage from the president.
Comer wrote to the Gallery owner, Bergès, stating that his deal with Hunter Biden creates serious ethical concerns, regardless of whether or not the Biden family is once again peddling access and influence.
It said that only he knows the facts behind the lucrative dealings through which Hunter Biden, a novice artist, amassed absurd amounts of money.
The buyers should not remain anonymous.
On Friday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Republican Jim Jordan of Ohio, wondered, sarcastically, whether Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating the sales of artwork by Hunter.
Jordan tweeted the following day when a Manhattan grand jury decided to indict former President Donald Trump based on Bragg’s investigation– “Outrageous.”
Corruption is rampant in the art industry. A Senate committee published a report in 2020 describing the market’s function as a launderer of illegal cash.