The artist claims that she was not paid for Anna Delphi’s performance

If you’re working with a notorious scammer, you won’t be too surprised when things get messy.

Julia Morrison, a Los Angeles artist, claims she owes $8,000 in connection with one of the Anna “Delphi” Sorokin Modern art shows – and that “social” scammer blocked her text messages asking for help getting her money.

Morrison, who co-coordinated Group show “Free Anna” Showing the work of 15 artists, including Sorokin In a pop-up gallery on New York City’s Lower East Side in March, she told The Post she “put about $8,000 on my credit card to cover costs for framing, printing, scanning, transportation, making T-shirts, etc. ”

Anna Delphi Sorokin in prison
Anna Delphi, seen here at a court hearing, nearly attended her solo art exhibition last week. The curator of a previous show to attract support for Sorokin claims that the fake media and her team owe her $8,000 for her contributions to the show.
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He hosted the group show
He hosted the group show “Free Anna” co-curated by Julia Morrison in March.
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One of the pieces of art from the Free Anna show.
One of the pieces of art from the Free Anna show.
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People looking at art in the Free Anna show.
People looking at art in the Free Anna show.
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She claims to have been promised by her coordinator, Alfredo Martinez – one of Sorokin’s assistants Who was sentenced to three years in prison In prison in 2002 for making and selling a Jean-Michel Basquiat copycat – it will be repaid. There was no written agreement.

“I still have $8,000 on my credit card,” Morrison said. “I can’t afford only $8000 of Anna Delvey’s expenses on my card. I wasn’t doing it to be a good friend of hers. I did it for the show, knowing I would be paid. At least that’s what Alfredo promised.”

Julia Morrison, an artist and graduate student based in California, co-organised a group show
Julia Morrison, an artist and graduate student based in California, co-organised the group show “Free Anna” in March. She said she paid more than $8,000 to fund the show and has yet to be reimbursed.
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Artist Alfredo Martinez, who co-coordinated the group show with Morrison, said she would eventually be paid.
Artist Alfredo Martinez, who co-coordinated the group show with Morrison, said she would eventually be paid.
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Sorokin was convicted in 2019 of attempted grand theft, second-degree theft and theft of services.  She was released from prison in 2021 but was soon placed in ICE custody for overstaying her visa.
Sorokin was convicted in 2019 of attempted grand theft, second-degree theft and theft of services. She was released from prison in 2021 but was soon placed in ICE custody for overstaying her visa.
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“She’ll get paid,” Martinez told Post of Morrison. “We are still in the process of spending money for the project.”

Morrison actually took a 25% off sale of the only Sorokin work sold from the group show (Martínez also took 25%, while Sorokin got 50%).

Because the ICE detention center in Goshen, New York, where Sorokin is being held for overstaying her visa, limits the amount of artwork she can create, Martinez has been authorized to copy Sorokin’s drawings for display.

Morrison also claimed that there was a logical understanding between art dealer Chris Martin (whose Founders Art Club represents Sorokin and Martinez), Martinez and herself that the group curators would run Sorokin’s solo show, “alleged,” which occurred last week In Public Hotel – and get a portion of the profits.

But Morrison claimed of the solo show: “I was totally cut off.”

When multiple calls and texts went unanswered by Martin – who told The Post he didn’t owe her anything – Morrison went to Sorokin herself, hoping she could get someone to recoup the expenses.

Delphi display
The “alleged” Delphi show was held at the Public Hotel in the Lower East Side last week.
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Multiple pieces created by Sorokin were displayed in the exhibitors' arms at the Trickster Art Show.
Multiple pieces created by Sorokin were displayed in the exhibitors’ arms at the Trickster Art Show.
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A model holds a Sorokin artwork in the gallery on May 19, 2022.
A model holds a Sorokin artwork in the gallery on May 19, 2022.
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“This is the first time I’ve heard of this,” Sorokin Morrison wrote in a May 18, 2022, text exchange seen by The Post. The artist said she blocked Morrison’s number after that.

A spokesperson for Sorokin confirmed to The Post that “Morrison owes the expenses” but added that “[Anna] Julia definitely doesn’t have any money back… yet [Morrison] She couldn’t get any more from Chris or Alfredo, she went to Anna and basically said she would tell the press if Anna didn’t pay. This is blackmail, and it’s not even justified from afar.”

The spokesperson said Morrison “was not asked [to curate] Nor was it brought in any capacity in the single show. Anna stopped communicating with her because the deal was not made with Anna and there was nothing else she could do.”

Morrison claims it was
Morrison claims Martinez was “completely cut”.
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Morrison said she finished working with Sorokin.
Morrison said she finished working with Sorokin.
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For her part, Morrison – who said she was originally interested in working with Sorokin because her mother was in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody – said she ended up with the fraudster.

“I try to see the good in people, their potential,” Morrison said. “Anna sees the good in people as something she takes advantage of, and surrounds herself with those who have the power to enrich it. Forget it.”

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