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. ”
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.”
“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.
“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.”
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.”