NEW YORK – Thursday at 7:30 p.m., doors open for guests to enter an art show Scammer-in-Chief Anna Sorokinaka “Anna Delvey” Fake German heiress known for swindling high-end hotels, restaurants, and more or less New York’s elite social scene.
Reluctantly, I attended soho grifter’s The event, in a lounge at the Public Hotel in Manhattan, showed up about 40 minutes late because of who I am as a person. After riding the neon-lit escalator, I heard loud, buzzing music even before I stepped into the lounge, and saw a long line of patrons prepare to enter the party.
“Is it like that since 7:30? Like, a nonstop party? Or was it quiet?” I asked the security guard.
“Yes, it has been so from the beginning,” he replied.
Shortly after I arrived, an automated message from the Orange County Correctional Facility circulated through the lounge’s speakers: “This is a gathered call from ‘Anna’, an inmate at the Orange County Jail. To accept this call, Press zero. To decline this call, disconnect or press one.”
The DJ asked the patrons to calm down as cheers erupted from the audience. The attendees were waiting for an alleged phone call from Sorokin himself. In April 2019, Sorokin was found guilty of on eight counts, including evasion of services and second-degree grand theft, and was eventually sentenced to four to 12 years in prison.
Another Now Viral Article as the Inspiration for Shonda Rhimes’ “Inventing Anna” on Netflix New York Magazine, Anna Sorokin quickly became a household name—or at least Anna Delvey did. She was released on parole in February 2021, but was taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody the following month, where she faces deportation.
Despite his former fraudulent activities, he is able to display “artifacts” for personal gain, valued at approximately $500,000, while black and brown ICE detainees would have suffered unreasonably high bonds for lesser crimes. Is. Aside from the random nature of Thursday’s incident, it makes me wonder why anyone—especially a woman like Sorokin, who was declared to have fine taste—would be proud to present these primary sketches to the general public. Sorokin’s “art show” was nothing more than an expression of whiteness at work.
Of course, when whitewashing and unaccounted money (or rather, unrecoverable money) meet, the wastage is enormous. I did not have this environment to see the art; I thought I’d walk into a gallery space, be provided with a descriptive pamphlet and a drink, and get an overview of the room. However, the event was in line with Sorokin’s standards.
With a wholly open bar in the back, the lounge was packed with a strange assortment of guests: members of the press, seductive fans, people trying to impress each other, and influencers—or plus—those who simply Glad to be there. (obviously there was A waiting list for this eventAccording to the Founders Art Club website.)
I asked one person what brought him to the show. “I know Peter,” she said, as though I should know who he was. People turned their attention to the front with phones and champagne flutes in their hands. The cocktail of the night was “Anna on Ice,” not actual ice.
Sorokin’s voice addressed the party. “Hello everyone, Anna Delvey here. I hope you guys are enjoying your evening so far. I’m so excited to unveil my first art collection titled ‘Elegedly’,” she said in her vaguely European Said in a tone. “I wanted to capture, using the limited tools at my disposal, moments from years past that were never-before-seen and iconic. Some pieces are straightforward. Others are more abstract, and have meaning and form for the observer.” I will be unique.”
The message continued: “I studied fashion illustration in Paris and didn’t really sketch until my test. You’ve heard a lot of voices already, but this is my story, just the beginning of my storytelling from my point of view. I hope you guys enjoy the show.”
The music started – “Flashing Lights” by Kanye West and Dwyley, and the show began. Instructions have been given to clear the way. For the next 10 to 15 minutes, the models drew 20 sketches. The models were dressed in black, with black stockings on their heads. Wearing oversized sunglasses, they walked through a poorly lit room. I was overwhelmed by the pictures that could barely pass the College Board’s Associated Press art exam, but fans devoured it all.
A black and white sketch, titled “The Delvy Crimes”, modeled after the front page of a newspaper, with the banner title “Threat to Public Safety ‘Back in Custody'”, depicts Sorokin in a Dior costume. was on the image. A bed like a girl in distress. Another piece, “Anna on ICE”, shows Sorokin floating on an iceberg in yellow with a Department of Homeland Security glacier in the background.
Her sketch “Retired Intern” depicted Sorokin in an Oscar de la Renta gown (she noted which she wore in the various pieces) on a balcony overlooking a body of water. The fourth portrait of Sorokin depicts the presence of Dr. Phil; The piece is titled “Dr. Ppphil-Gotten Gain,” and the show segment is called “The Many Faces of Anna Delvey.”
After the procession, we were directed to part two of the show – the unveiling – on the 17th floor of the hotel. A crowd impatiently gathered in the foyer for the next 15 minutes, blocking escalators and preventing actual hotel guests from moving in. A security guard told a scuffle attendee that the art show was secondary to her: “I care about the hotel.” Waiting for the elevator, I watched as event staff, possibly members of Sorokin’s wider team, move the art up.
At 8:51 pm, I entered the lift and was finally allowed to go upstairs Apparently the models showing the sketches were just an appetizer for the official art show, There were more drinks on the 17th floor, which led to a larger room, where 20 artifacts were placed on an easel. Enjoying the calm before the storm of those who would be sure to follow, I went around to take pictures of the sketches.
Each piece was signed in cursive font in the right-hand corner: “Anna Delvey, OCJ, New York 2022.” Looking at Sorokin’s history, let’s say embellishments, it is not clear whether the sketches were actually made by him. It is also unclear who funded the entire event, and whether Sorokin actually studied fashion illustration as she claims.
As I went here and there, I was listened to. A woman approached a member of Sorokin’s team. “We’re calling at 9:30, right?” he asked with a vocal fry. The team member said it would be around then, if they could mitigate some of the connectivity issues at the detention centre. At the moment, she was “trying to make an Instagram takeover just for Anna.”
While I stood and waited, I sat on a chair outside the display room. Slowly more people started coming. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a participant, a white woman, speaking into the lens of a cameraman filming nearby.
“I did a lot of research and felt very close to him,” said the woman. “He made everyone believe this, and that is why he should not be convicted of any crime.”
That’s when I knew it was time to leave. At 9:26, I made my way out. There was more to the show, though: Reportedly, Sorokin appeared via video in a neon outfit and had a drag queen performance.
My ability to pity Sorokin was not initially there, but as a reporter, I was curious to see how this art show would come together. But after spending an hour among people who seemed undeniably idolized to her, I’ve officially had my fill.