When most professional artists start their careers, they are often lucky not to starve. This general rule, like most rules, does not apply if you are the son of the President of the United States.
“How much of this value is due to art itself? It’s easy: none of that, ”wrote Jeffry Cudlin, professor of art conservation studies and practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in an email to the Washington Examiner. “It’s a great job for a decoration enthusiast. Hey, everyone needs a hobby!
While Biden’s works may raise an eyebrow or two, none of his paintings were particularly memorable, Cudlin said. They can fetch anywhere from $ 850 to $ 3,000 for a buyer “to hang on to someone’s couch.”
“If Hunter Biden were to apply to school for a BFA in painting, I think a portfolio with these pieces would indicate some sense of medium, some nascent talent, and encourage anyone to review him with a little training and a little study. , Biden could one day make some interesting paintings, ”he said.
Cudlin distinguishes “avant-garde gallery culture,” which is filled with people advancing the medium and creating critically-acclaimed works of art, from “traditional gallery culture,” which is filled with wealthy people. who like to surround themselves with cool stuff.
Judging by their comments on the art in a interview along with Artnet, Biden and his curator fall into the latter category, Cudlin said.
“I don’t paint from emotions or feelings,” Biden said in the interview. “What I think are both very fleeting. For me, painting is much more about trying to bring out what is, I think, the universal truth. “
“The last time artists said things like that,” Cudlin said, “might have been around 1955. It’s a modernist trope, and modernism at this point is a period style, effectively having ended at the end of the following decade, around 1968. “
The comments from Biden dealer Georges Berges are not much better, Cudlin said.
The Berges gallery is located in SoHo, new York, which once housed many avant-garde galleries. From around 1980, it began to transform into a traditional gallery paradise, which is its current state.
Biden’s art “has that authenticity that I see in a lot of artists that I personally love, be it [Lucien] Freud or [Francis] Bacon, ”Berges said in the interview with Artnet.
“No artist has anything to do with the work of Hunter Biden,” Cudlin said.
“I can tell you that Freud and Bacon are the favorite painters of all the straight white men in the fraternity who took just one undergraduate art appreciation course for fun. This guy scoffs at most post-Whistler or Degas artwork, sometimes expressing the opinion, “This is not art!” About something created in, say, 1928.
He was charged with defrauding a $ 500,000 investor in a 2016 lawsuit. In 1998, he served 90 days in jail and 36 months probation for assault with a deadly weapon and terrorist threats.
Cudlin considered the comments of Biden and his gallery owner to be part of “a traditional gallery pitch.”
“I’m not saying this to be a snob,” Cudlin said, “or to make statements about his ability to move a brush. But he’s just not in the game – and there’s only one only game in town, and you either play or you don’t. “
Cudlin likened Biden’s art to a sweater worn by Kurt Cobain or some other collector’s item created or owned by a famous person.
“Things are worth what people are going to pay for things,” he said. “The value that a critic, art historian or curator might see in a work as successfully embodying powerful content or showing an artist’s secure relationship with the history and possibilities of a medium,” may have absolutely nothing to do with the investment potential of someone seeing an object as a collector’s item or novelty outside of its significance in contemporary art.
Other celebrities who are not artists by trade have successfully created and sold paintings.
Sylvester Stallone also posted paintings in the galleries of Berges and fantasies himself “much better painter than actor”. The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie wood create paintings that are “objectively terrible,” according to Cudlin.
“I don’t blame Hunter, Sir Paul or Ronnie Wood [for] have an audience for their work, or any weird little shows or publications in which they have appeared. Good for them, I guess! And good for Mr. Biden, ”Cudlin said.
“Everyone should try to push the brushes. And if someone wants to pay you half a million for the results: Cash that check.
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