Anna Delphi Unveils New York Surrealist Art Gallery of Prison Paintings


“I am a masterpiece! I am a masterpiece! “Look at me, I’m Anna,” shouted Drag Queen Yuhua Hamasaki as she excited the whole crowd Anna Delphi A costume in the solo art gallery of the false heiress imprisoned for a single night. Hamasaki’s take on the subject of Shonda Rhimes’ limited Netflix series “Inventing Anna” was just the beginning of a surreal experiment set up by the Founders Art Club and Delvey art dealer Christopher Martin to the Public Hotel in New York. Thursday evening.

The purportedly titled collection includes 20 artworks drawn by Delphi, legal name Anna Sorokin, and herself from the Orange County Correctional Facility in New York. Before showing off the work, guests at the exclusive event were treated to cocktails, such as “Anna on ICE” and a recorded message from Delvey played by a DJ. (Of course, Delphi itself couldn’t be there for obvious reasons.)

“This is a conference call from ‘Anna’, an inmate from the Orange County Jail,” one recording said, Delphi writing her name when prompted. “To accept this call press zero, to reject this call hang up or press one. Your call was not accepted. Please try again later.”

Artistic performance by Anna Delphi at the Public Hotel in New York / Variety

“what!” The crowd shouted, before Delphi’s voice was loud and clear, “Hello everyone, Anna Delphi, here.” I hope you have enjoyed your evening so far. I’m so excited to reveal my very first art collection, allegedly. This is a set of drawings. I created while you were in the Orange County Detention Center. I wanted to capture moments from yesteryear, whether never before or imaginative, with the limited tools at my disposal. Some pieces are simple, d Others are more abstract and will be unique in meaning and appearance to the viewer. I studied fashion design in Paris and didn’t really design until my trial.

Delphi concluded, “I’ve heard a lot of voices before, but this is the beginning of my story from my perspective. Hope you enjoy the show.

Art/Variety Show by Anna Delphi

Delphi, a German born in Russia, has worked her way up to the highest branches of business and society in New York claiming to have a fortune of $60 million. She managed to live a high-end life on yachts and private jets, while doing creative accounting to raise funds to start an arts group “The Anna Delphi Foundation” – which she almost succeeded in doing. . She was found guilty in May 2019 of eight counts, including robbery, attempted robbery and theft of services.

Delvey was sentenced to 4 to 12 years in prison, a $24,000 fine and nearly $200,000 in restitution. She eventually served just under four years and was released for good behavior in February 2021, before being detained again, this time in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying her term. Visa. In February, she said Writing an article for Insider Thinking about his time in prison and his participation in Netflix’s “Inventing Anna” directed by Julia Garner.

The work was shown at Delvey’s “purported” show, created mostly from pens and pencils at his disposal in ICE custody, by models wearing see-through black headpieces, large black sunglasses, little black dresses, black boots and white gloves. The twenty gold-framed coins were handled with great care by exhibitors, despite the constant lack of space due to the pressure on almost every inch of the party.

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Once the art passed through the tours, attendees were asked to move to another location in the hotel where it would be on full display. During this relocated segment, Delphi appeared live from the Orange County detention to wave to the crowd in an orange jumpsuit and smile at the plethora of press that turned out for her event. “It’s great to have everyone!” said Delphi with a smile.

The value of the Delvey collection is estimated between $400 and $500,000 by art dealer, Martin.

“Reproductions of the art and lithographs will be on sale and sold in lots of 50 pieces at a time, starting at $250 each,” a representative from the Delvey team said. diverse Thusday. “And after 250 sales, the price started to go up. If you wanted to own the collection, you could only own up to 48% of the collection. 53% of the collection is believed to still belong to the Founders Art Club. So you can buy limited prints, but not the original artwork. “.

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Art/Variety Show by Anna Delphi

Collectors from New York galleries like Swann Galleries and Contra Galleries were among those in attendance Thursday, with many collectors interested in buying what Delvey said in his designs.

“Well, I’m still learning about her, to be honest,” said Kristina Weinmann, a friend of Martin’s. “But I think the fact that she was so limited in her supplies and her artwork is an extension of her story, her backstory and gives viewers a glimpse of her.”

Hamasaki, who was hired to do “short sketches” of Delvey during the party, is also interested in choosing an original Delvey: “If I can afford it, of course. I’ll put it on my subway card. Yeah , and don’t worry, the money transfer arrives as soon as possible”.


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