Hunter Biden’s Art Sale: Ethics & Politics

With the announcement that Hunter Biden is selling his artwork through New York City gallerist Georges Bergès, ethics concerns are being raised by both the art world and in politics. Each of Hunter Biden’s artworks will be priced between $75,000 and $500,000. Is his artwork any good? Should it be commanding these prices? Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu, Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch, and guest speaker & investigative journalist Lindsay Beyerstein.

Video Walkthrough

  • Hunter Biden, son of US President Joe Biden’s background
  • What role does the Georges Bergès Gallery play in determining prices?
  • The art market is unregulated
  • Ethics of using the Biden name
  • High prices for Hunter Biden’s artwork, $75,000- $500,000
  • Doing art as therapy
  • Hunter Biden’s statements about his artwork, “universal truths.”
  • White House statement about buyers remaining anonymous
  • When is a body of work ready for a solo exhibition at a gallery?
  • Hunter Biden has no formal training or exhibition history
  • Reaction from art critics
Guest Speaker

Lindsay Beyerstein

Lindsay Beyerstein is an award-winning investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker in Brooklyn, New York. Her work focuses on the intersection of ethics, science, and the law. She casts a skeptical eye on all manner of scams, frauds, and conspiracy theories. In 2021 she shared a New York Press newspaper award for her coverage of the criminal justice system.

She is a weekly columnist for the Editorial Board/AlterNet. Her first documentary “Care in Chaos” follows a twenty-something abortion clinic director as she tries to treat her patients in a clinic besieged by increasingly agitated and threatening protesters who bombard the facility with earsplitting amplified sound. The film won Best Documentary Short at the Nevada International Film Festival and was screened in the US and overseas.

Lindsay recently published a feature story debunking conspiracy theories surrounding the origins of Covid-19 in The New Republic.