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The third annual Frieze Art Fair in New York

The third annual Frieze Art Fair in New York

The four-day event from London hits America with more than 190 galleries


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This weekend, Frieze New York opened on Randalls Island with a vast variety of global galleries, a program including East River rowboat tours, rock concerts and an on-site hotel created by the American conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg

Now in its third year, the spinoff of Frieze London  which sets up its tent in Regent's Park since it was started by Frieze magazine in 2003  is heating up New York with the American edition, drawing in galleries from the U.S, UK and Asia to showcase its art.

"New York is the center of the contemporary art world, so it's hard for a gallery from Europe not to take advantage of an art fair platform that offers an opportunity to come here," stated Jocelyn Wolff, whose Paris gallery is showing work by several young European artists such as Katinka Bock, Elodie Seguin and Christoph Weber, alongside the 1970 Subway Drawing by New York-based artist William Anastasi.

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Several New York galleries will be spotlighting major artists in their own booths for four days in a row. Gagosian will be displaying Edward Ruscha's paintings, Gavin Brown's booth will hold Rirkrit Tiravanija's installation, while Gladstone Gallery will show more than 200 small drawings from painter Carroll Dunham's archives.

In addition to the galleries, which come from 29 countries this year including Brazil, Mexico and China, Israeli artist Naama Tsabar has organized a concert series featuring female drummers in celebration of Randalls Island's musical history.

23,200 square metres of temporary exhibition space will also hold art professionals in the serpentine structure.

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An array of New York galleries, from the Upper East Side to Brooklyn, will make up nearly 30 percent of this year's exhibitors.

"I think New York galleries participate in Frieze because it's a great fair and very impressive," said Christopher D'Amelio, a partner at David Zwirner's Chelsea gallery. "But also because we don't want the fair to go away since it actually helps business during the time it is in town each year."

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