Frieze Art Fair comes to New York City

May 3, 2012 2:59:06 PM PDT
A massive art fair arrives in New York City this weekend. It's the first time it's being held in the U.S. The extravaganza attracts tens of thousands of people every year.

"I love art. I don't see why more people can't come and see good art," Amanda Sharp said.

That's why sharp started the Frieze Art Fair, originally in London, and now the fair is in New York City as well. At Randall's Island to be precise, where you can arrive by water taxi and first take in the sculpture garden, complete with an interactive art installation reminiscent of a carnival game.

It's the tent that makes the biggest impression.

"I've been told it's the biggest folly for everyone who wanted to come," Sharp said.

182 galleries in all, many from abroad and some local, appear at the fair.

The artist, John Ahearn, was invited to cast faces on commission. This fair offers him a strong platform.

"It's a great deal of support I appreciate," he said.

All the work here is contemporary and all for sale, but don't fret. Some pieces are affordable.

So maybe it's the tent, or the cafes, or the fact that Randall's Island of all places is home to art. The Frieze Art Fair is a destination and it's a lot easier to attend now that it's in New York and not just London.

The fair runs through Monday evening. Tickets are 40 dollars and that includes the water taxi to Randall's Island.

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