The hotly anticipated and controversial solo art show by Hunter Biden appears to be imminent — with workers assembling his paintings in a SoHo gallery Saturday while Biden’s wife visited the space.
A documentary film crew was also on hand for the hanging of the 15 canvases at the Georges Berges Gallery on West Broadway, where Hunter Biden’s second wife, Melissa Cohen, was spotted in black leather pants and a black top.
She would not answer questions from a Post reporter, who was then prevented from entering the gallery.
“You can’t just walk in here,” a man at the door snapped. “This is a private place. I don’t just walk into your house. I’m going to have to talk to your mother. She didn’t raise you right.”
Cohen exited the gallery and hugged Georges before getting into a waiting vehicle.
Through the door a sign for the coming show could be seen: “’The Journey Home’ a Hunter Biden Solo Exhibition.”
The sale has been the subject of intense criticism by Republicans who say that the amateur artist’s paintings, priced between $75,000 and $500,000, could be purchased by people looking to curry favor with the president.
The Post revealed earlier this month that Biden had already sold five paintings at $75,000 each, which the gallerist later denied.
Earlier this month the White House assured critics that it had a full-proof plan to prevent influence-peddling: require SoHo gallerist Georges Berges to keep the identities of the buyers secret from the White House. Critics have said this plan is fatally flawed because buyers’ names are sure to leak publicly.
A Virginia-based government watchdog group filed a proposal to 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 counter money-laundering by terrorists, criminal enterprises and influence-peddlers.
The Post recently revealed that the Georges Berges Gallery, which has an outlet in Berlin, received a $500,000 pandemic-relief loan from the Small Business Administration between 2020 and 2021. The majority of the money was awarded during the Biden White House administration. It was the highest amount given out by the federal agency to any art gallery in the 10th Congressional District, which includes Chelsea and SoHo.