The design depicts a woman in a red Alexander Wang dress and blue prison socks. A thought bubble next to her reads: “Send bitcoins.” The chair she is sitting in has “Wanted” written on its back.
The woman is Anna Sorokin – the notorious German fake heiress whose high-society scams were exposed in a Vanity Fair article and later turned into the hit Netflix drama Inventing Anna – and the drawing is part of an art exhibition by group at a Lower East Side museum showcasing his work. Somehow.
Until the end of March, the exhibition – Free Anna Delvey, a reference to the fake heiress’ favorite surname – features drawings and other works of art, mainly by 33 artists who claim to have been “inspired” by the Sorokin’s story.
It also includes five of Sorokin’s own 22 x 30 inch pencil and acrylic drawings, made while she was in prison – although, as so often in the past with Sorokin, it’s not quite fact true, considering that the designs were actually reproduced on large-print watercolor paper. by Alfred Martinez, co-curator of the exhibition.
“If she wants someone to copy her works, it’s good that she has a Basquiat forger to do it,” Martinez told Insider, referring to the fact that in the early 2000s he spent two years in prison for selling Basquiat paintings he had forged.
Julia Morrison, the show’s other co-curator, told The New York Times that she first came across Sorokin’s drawings while browsing Instagram. “Nobody’s just a villain, or just a hero,” said Morrison, an artist whose own claim to infamy is hitting NFTs of captured posts about sex slavery and cannibalism she said. that actor Armie Hammer had sent to him.
Morrison said she identified closely with Sorokin’s story because her own mother had served time in an immigration detention center. Sorokin is being held by Ice after serving a four-year prison sentence for second-degree grand larceny, theft of services, and attempted first-degree larceny.
The Netflix documentary, which depicts Sorokin’s rise and fall as a con man in New York, apparently did not meet with Sorokin’s approval despite reports that she was paid six figures to be viewed in the show. “This super glamorous depiction of me in the Netflix series isn’t that accurate,” she told The New York Times, adding that she wanted the Free Anna Delvey art exhibit — which she has helped coordinate and produce from his holding cell — gives audiences a look at “his side of the story,” as Martinez told Forbes.
“Art is only partly a matter of talent and determination and more so of the artist’s ability to command attention through his personality and his story. And that’s where she really shines,” he said.
Anna’s reproduced sketches are priced at $10,000 each. She claims that 15% of the sale price of one of the designs will be donated to a children’s charity. According to Martinez, 25% of the show’s proceeds will go to Sorokin’s legal defense.
Sorokin’s legal team fights his deportation. Earlier this month, his lawyer filed a last-minute appeal with immigration authorities hours before he was deported to Germany, citing “serious health issues”. Sorokin was granted emergency consideration.
She has since sued ICE, with help from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), claiming she caught Covid-19 while in custody after Ice officials reportedly denied her requests for a vaccine recall.