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Third Annual Frieze Art Fair Really Heats Up

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It's a big weekend for art fairs in the city and the biggest is the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.

Organizers of the massive Frieze Art Fair have this advice for visitors: Don't be shy!

"One of the great things about art fairs and one of the sort of surprises about art fairs is they are not snobbish places. They are actually quite popular. People are willing to talk about art. Gallerists are willing to, you know, show you the work here, show you other examples by the artist," says Tom Eccles of the Frieze Art Fair.

Frieze originated in London more than a decade ago. Now Frieze New York, which is in its third year, is even bigger than the original with nearly 200 galleries from around the world showing some of their best contemporary art.

"There's a lot of people come, obviously. And there's obviously a lot of buzz and it's a way to see 200 galleries in one afternoon," says Eccles.

Stephanie Simon: Is this a good place to bring Mom for Mothers' Day?
Tom Eccles: I would certainly bring my mother for Mothers' Day. Not only for the art and a chance to walk around together. But also to find somewhere to eat. There are wonderful restaurants here. Same as you find anywhere in New York. Really top quality

The Frieze Art Fair is so big it extends beyond the tent to include outdoor works.

"Out here just behind myself is a project by Marie Lorenz, who is an artist from New York. And her project is very specific for Randall's Island. In fact, she takes people around Randall's Island with a little rowing boat that she rides herself, although you are also supposed to paddle a little bit and you will explore the shores of Randall's Island," explains Frieze Projects Curator Cecilia Alemani.

But you don't have to over exert to get here. There is extensive shuttle bus and ferry service. General Admission starts at $43. There are discounted tickets as well, including $10 student tickets for Monday.

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