Hunter Biden’s highly anticipated and controversial solo art exhibition finally opened in SoHo on Saturday.
Workers removed the paper covering the windows and displayed Biden’s paintings, and Biden’s wife came to a stop in space.
The sale has come under heavy criticism from Republicans who say the amateur artist’s paintings, priced between $ 75,000 and $ 500,000, could be bought by people looking to lure favors from the president.
The Post revealed earlier this month that Biden had already sold five paintings for $ 75,000 each, which the gallery owner later denied.
Earlier this month, the White House assured critics it had a rock-solid plan to prevent influence peddling: to demand that SoHo gallery owner Georges Berges keep the identities of buyers a secret from the White House . Critics have said this plan is fatally flawed as the names of the buyers are sure to leak publicly.
The public could only glimpse the works through the glass on Saturday – tours inside the Georges Berges Gallery on West Broadway were by appointment only.
Large, brightly colored canvases could be seen hanging in the space. One had handwriting occupying the upper third with an image of a large face below.
A sign for the show read: “‘The Journey Home’ a solo show by Hunter Biden.”
A documentary film crew was present for the hanging of the 15 paintings. Hunter Biden’s second wife, Melissa Cohen, was spotted wearing black leather pants, a white t-shirt and a black leather jacket leaving the gallery earlier in the day.
She did not respond to questions from a Post reporter, who was later barred from entering the gallery.
âYou can’t just walk in here,â gallery owner Berges said. âIt’s a private place. I didn’t just walk into your home. I’m going to have to talk to your mother. She didn’t raise you well.
Cohen walked out of the gallery and gave George a hug before getting into a waiting vehicle.
Another visitor, George Wayne, 57, who writes about popular culture, said he introduced Biden to the gallery two years ago.
“He’s amazing. He’s got a bit of a signature. It’s interesting when an artist can develop a storytelling, such an immediate and meaningful visual storytelling of the object of the work. He’s very talented.” Wayne said. ” The work is great. It stands for itself. It is very good. “
A Virginia-based government watch group has filed a proposal with the Treasury Department to create the “Hunter Biden Rule” that would treat galleries and museums like financial institutions, requiring them to report high-value transactions to authorities to fight against money laundering by terrorists, corporate criminals and influence peddlers.
The Post recently revealed that the Georges Berges Gallery, which has an outlet in Berlin, received a loan of $ 500,000 to fight the Small Business Administration pandemic between 2020 and 2021.
The majority of the money was allocated under the Biden administration of the White House. This is the highest amount awarded by the federal agency to an art gallery in the 10th Congressional District, which includes Chelsea and SoHo.