At A2Z Delancey, a small pop-up art gallery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, down a narrow corridor full of rocker and marijuana feathers and cigarette smoke, about 150 to the opening of Anna Sorokin’s first group last Thursday night. A gallery exhibition attended by unmasked art fans.
While drinking beer, viewers sat on the couch, and some went out and sprayed graffiti on the walls of the courtyard behind the space. The rock band played for about 30 minutes, and musicians and guests furiously fluttered their heads, blew their hair, and cramped in tandem.
In the case of Die Hard in the Netflix series “Inventing Anna,” which explained that fake German heirs soared into Manhattan society, she billed banks, stole private jets, skipped hotel bills, and was a member. Turned Anna Delbay Foundation-The only art club on Park Avenue South has become a reality. The opening was not so few, Anna.
Of course, that’s not the way Solokin (her real name) saw the scene: “I liked it being grainy,” Solokin, 31, said at the Orange County Correctional Facility in Gosen, NY. I said from her cell. She is now detained at the Immigration Bureau after she was convicted eight times for financial crimes in 2019 and sentenced to four years in prison.
“My Supergram depiction on the Netflix series isn’t very accurate,” she said.
The show, titled “Free Anna Delvey,” ending March 27, mentions her long-standing name and current detention for overestimating her visa. It includes works by 33 other artists inspired by Solokin’s experience, including five 22-inch x 30-inch Anna del Bay pencil and acrylic paintings, priced at $ 10,000. (15% of the selling price of any drawing will be donated to a children’s charity.)
However, none of Anna Delvey’s works were drawn by Mr. Solokin. These works, displayed in the back of the room, were duplicated from a painting Alfredo Martinez drew during imprisonment and had her friend post them to her Instagram account. (Martinez was sentenced to prison in the early 2000s for postal and telegraph fraud related to forged drawings by graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.)
Mr. Sorokin said he intended to draw a larger picture himself, but Martinez provided his expertise as the detention center restricted the size of the paper that could enter the facility. “In the art world, having an assistant is very common,” he said.
The show’s co-drawing includes “Annaon ICE,” a pencil drawing depicting a woman responding to someone through a corrective service messaging system that says “Send Bitcoin,” and a woman floating in the ocean on a block of ice. increase.
Artist Julia Morrison, who created the NFT from a message sent by actor Armie Hammer to her, said she first came across Solokin’s sketch while scrolling through Instagram. Morrison, co-curator of the show with Martinez, said her own mother spent time in an immigration detention center, which is in close agreement with Solokin’s story.
Morrison, who introduced Sorokin’s work to Martinez, said that most people oversimplified her backstory. She said, “No one is just a villain, not just a hero.”
Initially, Martinez didn’t know how to contact Solokin, who was enjoying a media tour during the six-week free period from the end of his sentence to his arrest by ICE personnel. So he pitched the article to page 6 of the New York Post, which appeared under the heading “Anna Sorokin’s artwork can hold her own exhibition,” and waited for her to call. Told. And she did.
A fake heir who confined a wealthy person in New York
Anna Sorokin was convicted of service theft and theft in 2019. She is currently facing deportation to Germany because she has exceeded her visa.
However, the planning process was halted because her ICE was detained within a few days of the phone call, adding that she reconnected via the correctional facility’s text messaging app and resumed planning earlier this year. ..
On the opening night, Solokin called Martinez to check in. He kept it high as he called on his speakerphone and had the opportunity for her people to climb up and greet and congratulate her on her show.
“Free Anna Delvey!” People chanted before the call was over.
Among the attendees was her trial attorney, Todd Spodek, who left no drawings.
“I already have some selected pieces from a woman’s private art show that happened on 111 Center Street,” he joked, referring to the location of her trial she frequently sketched. Said. But he said he was happy to see people’s interest in her work.
“Anna Delvey is now affecting women, just as the’fight club’influenced men in the 90’s,” Martinez said of Solokin’s complaint. “All the women who attended the show said” yes “before I finished the sentence. “
More than half of the artists in the show are women. The paper Lina O’s pastel entitled “Her Princess Anushka (Anna Delbay) Louise de Savoy” imitates the portrait of Marie Antoinette and casts Sorokin as a member of the Russian monarchy. did.
“I’m making fun of the royal family,” Oh said. “She uses such people, because they usually use us.”
For the show, Morrison took a sledgehammer and went to a toilet bowl filled with shredded paper inspired by former President Donald J. Trump. (She is currently working on some NFTs of images captured during smashing.)
Martinez said the exhibition hopes to show the Immigration Bureau that there is more to offer if Sorokin can get out of the back of the bar.
Art dealer Chris Martine, who has represented Solokin for several months, plans her first solo exhibition, a second exhibition starting with 20 drawings at “Manhattan’s Luxury Places” as early as April. Said that. Later I took it to Los Angeles, Miami, London, Paris and other big cities. He expected Solokin to complete her “last few songs” by next week.
However, producing a show while in custody is complicated. Solokin confirmed that she received 9 “x 12” watercolor paper and 12 non-toxic colored pencils, but her set of watercolors (mistaken for makeup) passed through a metal detector. did not do it. She is not allowed to use a pencil sharpener, so she asks a prison officer to sharpen her. She also works without an eraser: “So def can’t afford to make any mistakes,” Sorokin sent a text message.
Martine said she sent a text message to the photo she requested for inspiration. Among them are Balthazar Restaurant and Sant Ambroeus in Soho. Rama Mounia, a luxurious hotel in Marrakech where she once stayed. At her passage Malibu, an addiction treatment center just outside, law enforcement officials arrested her in 2017. And the stairs of the court in New York.
To help coordinate the show, and because the tablet battery issued at the facility will soon run out, Sorokin said she exchanged access to the vending machine snack devices she buys through the commissionary. An account that had to be bartered with a team of volunteers. “I’m contributing to the local economy,” said Solokin.
But Martine said the hassle was worth it.
He added: And this is where she really shines. “
From the detention room, Sorokin looks back on how far her artistic career has progressed. This is based on a failed attempt to lay her foundation and a series of events that have left her behind the bar for the past four and a half years.
“It’s ironic,” she said. “After openly failing to build an ADF a few years ago, people are now much more interested in hearing my voice than when they returned in 2017.”