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What would you pay for a Biden?

What would you pay for a Biden?

The money magnet of the Biden family, First Son Hunter, is now officially an artist – having had his first gallery showing.  There is a folklore belief that artists are not financially successful in their lifetime – that is often the case, but not always.  

Many artists make a very nice living off their creations.  And it appears that Hunter Biden is in that category.  A couple of his paintings have sold for an astounding $75,000 each.  That makes Hunter one of the most successful living neophyte artists of all times.  He is right up there with the likes of Andy Warhol and Jackson Pollock — both of whom received handsome prices while they were still alive.  And even better after they died.

But Hunter is not like those other artists.  The prices they commanded were based on the quality of their artistry that developed over many years.  They did not sell their first attempts at anything near the prices that launched Hunter’s career as an artist.

Most fine art is purchased by people who like what they see AND as an investment.  They expect the value of the paintings will increase over time.  That is not always the outcome, but it is almost always the anticipation.

There is one thing that could explain why Hunter’s art works are commanding such a high price.  It may have to do with the unique and exceptional quality of his work. Hmmmm.  That does not appear to be the case.  Quite the contrary.

Art critics have deemed Hunter’s work product as “pedestrian,” “amateurish” and even “garbage.”  One art expert said it is one step above paint-by-numbers.  Another called it computer screensaver stuff.  When asked to do a professional estimate of the value of Hunter’s paintings, another expert said between $200 and $2500.  Another sarcastically suggested that the canvas was worth more before Hunter applied paint to it.

Having seen a number of Hunter’s paintings, I think the critics are being a bit harsh.  As a person who has put brush to canvas on occasion, I have to say that Hunter has more talent than I would have expected for a professional grifter. But there is a Pantheon of reprobates who have exhibited artistic talent – including serial killer John Gacy and Adolph Hitler.

At least we can surmise where Hunter may be getting his inspirations.  Those years of serious drugging?  Hallucinogenic flashbacks?

What we have in Hunter is a self-proclaimed artist with mediocre talent.  There are undoubtedly thousands of young gals and guys coming out of art schools with more talent than Hunter.  Yet, he is getting the big bucks for pedestrian paintings.

Why?

Well, we all know why.  Because he is the controversial son of the President of the United States.  Being controversial may even add to Hunter’s market value.  Makes him a celebrity.  But why are people willing to pay exorbitant prices knowing that – as investments – Hunter’s paintings are guaranteed losers.  They will never be worth anything near those initial purchase prices in the future.

To understand what is going on, we only need look at the Clinton Foundation.  It was getting millions of dollars of donations from shakers and movers all over the world – as long as it appeared that Hillary was going to become the President of the United States.  Once she lost the election, all those mega donors became a lot less “charitable.”  I suspect that once Daddy Biden is no longer in the White House, the value of a Hunter will drop faster than his father’s current favorable rating.

Hunter is currently commanding higher prices for his works than former President George W. Bush.  That is because – as an ex-President – Bush’s sketches and paintings do not have that influence peddling surcharge.

Those paying $75,000 and up for Hunter’s works are not doing it for the artworks.  They want to get on the radar of the White House – curry favor.  Claiming to not want Hunter’s works being seen as common influence peddling, the White House came up with the questionable idea that the buyers’ names would remain secret – arguing that daddy Biden, or other administration officials, would never know who purchased the paintings.

That is a sham.  Those who purchase the paintings can let anyone they please know of their purchase – including the folks in the White House.  The only folks who are not likely to ever find out who purchased the paintings are the American people.  This is reverse transparency.  We the people will not even know who the purchasers tell.

This whole art operation has a putrid smell to it.  But what can be done about it?  Nothing.  There is no law against Hunter peddling paintings – and no law against overpaying for them.  Unless the Justice Department can tie a purchase of a painting with some favor coming from the Oval office, there is no case to be made.  And the folks at the Department of Justice are more likely to buy a painting than investigate the artist.

And finally …. Having perused the artworks displayed in several museums of modern art, I cannot say Biden is not producing the worst art – even if it is one step above paint-by-numbers.  But who would hang a Hunter next to their Picasso?

So. There ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

9 Comments

  1. frank stetson

    Gee Larry, what are the rules about writing about the President’s kids. Just need to now the PBP boundary conditions before I launch a tit-for-tat Hunter retort on The Family. I really want to put the Barron in the cross hairs :>) I hear he’s selling autographs at Oxford Academy.

    FYI — Just shows the left has silly donors just like the Trump’s.

    I am thinking of buying one to go with my George Bush portrait of Angle Merkle titled “keep your arms off me, Cowboy!” Or maybe hang it next to my Bill Clinton portrait entitled “Scenes from My Kneehole.”

    “Puturid” the whole thing is pure, freakin, funny, given his skills, his eclectic choices of colors, styles, and subjects. His reviews would make anyone shy away from purchase, much less purchase for investment. Well, as long as it keeps him off the crack and away from the Ukrainians, it’s all good. Surprised you didn’t go lighter.

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    • Joseph S. Bruder

      “Much ado about nothing”… Larry, following the Republican playbook, is trying to gin up some sort of scandal, anything he can come up with. It’s a distraction from larger issues. Where was Larry when First Daughter was getting trademarks in the Chinese market? Was he critiquing her fashion accessories, beauty services (whatever that is), and get this – voting machines? Was there any concern about First Son-In-Law going to Saudi Arabia and negotiating arms deals? Especially with Trump doing business with the Saudis for many years, and them taking whole floors of his building in New York.

      Daughter, her hubby, and both sons had unfettered access to the White House (despite lying on security forms) and most likely sensitive or secret information while running Trump’s empire – a clear conflict of interest, and allowing them access to market info and probably benefactors who wanted something from the President. No President in the history of the country has or ever will out-do Trump’s level nepotism. Trump put his idiot kids in charge of various programs in the goverment, despite them having ZERO experience in anything except grifting for the family business, and AT THE SAME TIME they were supposedly running his financial-house-of-cards company. In fact, if you tried, you could spend hours all the conflicts of interest from both Trump and the rest of his family. I don’t recall anyone on PBP ever writing about that stuff.

      While Biden may have profited off the name, there was never any evidence that he got special favors from the government. Republicans have been trying to pin that on him for years, unsuccessfully. Ukraine wouldn’t go along with the fraud, and they needed Trump’s help badly. Sort of like Benghazi on Clinton, or if you go back far enough, Whitewhater (which looks downright quaint compared to Trump’s illegal business dealings)… It’s all just a distraction from Republican’s lack of vision and ideas, and Larry, again, is carrying hod for the Trumpians.

      For what it’s worth, I think Biden’s art is interesting. Would I pay $75K for it? Not a chance. But then again, I wish I had bought a painting or even a print of a Cambells soup can from an obscure NY artist about 30 or 40 years ago. It wasn’t my taste, but it would have been a hell of a good buy back then. Who the hell knows with art? Fucking A, pet rocks and Beanie Babies took off, and nobody saw that coming either. You get lucky, or you don’t. Some people just want some colors on their walls, others look at it as an investment. People would pay millions for absolute crap if it was signed “Warhol”, and maybe in 20 years they’ll pay millions for Biden’s art just because it was controversial.

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  2. Anonymous

    Are these images of his cocaine/fentanyl induced psycotic dreams? That must be a cross between a crack pipe and prostitutes ass!

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  3. Richard

    These paintings must be delusions of his fentanyl infused cocaine psycotic memories of a cross between a crack pipe and a prostitutes ass.

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  4. Dan Tyree

    I would pay 50 cents to see retard joe say something sensible

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    • Joseph S. Bruder

      And yet, it would be free for you to say something sensible, and you still don’t do it…

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  5. Frank stetson

    Dan, mirror time !
    And you already pay his salary, wise guy.

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  6. Dan Tyree

    Get your head out of your ass and research the interviews of several celebrities. Alec Baldwin and several others. The left is in a panic over the moron. Payback is a bitch and stealing elections has consequences

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  7. frank stetson

    Hmmm, Dan commenting on one of his many favorite male anatomy parts. Seems to be his famous fixation with male parts, male porn, certain male acts. A certain fascination, that’s for sure.

    Dan, I think telling the truth is important, trying to speak truth is paramount. I’m not sure you’re sincere in your attempts. If this a best effort, you are a weak tea. Telling me to research to prove your point probably is not going to work for you. Usually, one tries to back up what they say, not ask others to do it for them.

    Alec Baldwin: you mean the guy who lost his steady SNL job after Trump went into semi-seclusion only to appear at donor-sheep shearing time trading lies for donations? You mean the guy who publicly supported Biden, many times? You mean the guy who lost his job to the Biden he praised, who then thanked Biden, in public, for the loss of his Trump job? Hell, no one can keep a Trump job until they offer WAP, work-at-prison.

    You’re starting to tell more stories than dantasy Don; what’s next, build a wall? Gonna tell us about your big…. hands again? You tell as almost as many stories as your master. Dan’s fantasy world, the dantasy where The BIG Lie is not, the second coming will be any day, and a Red State is a good thing, not a commie plot. Sorry to be putin you in your place, but since google gets you nothing, you gonna have to do better than a name drop with your famous “and several others,” as if they are all over dantasy world. Think we’re gonna need a source.

    Until then, once again: BUSTED

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