A professional pickpocket, live snails and a donkey are among the art offerings at this year's fifth edition of FRIEZE New York. Over 200 global galleries will be exhibiting on Randall's Island from May 4 (VIP preview) till May 8 -- along with a series of talks, site-specific commissions and a bunch of cool NYC restaurants providing food and drink.
The pickpocket is the work of David Horvitz, a former artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works in Red Hook. But rather than stealing your wallet, the thief will place something in visitor's pockets. The donkey is part of a re-staging of Maurizio Cattelan's "Enter At Your Own Risk...," a work featured in the fair's tribute to the Daniel Newburg Gallery, open here in NYC from '84 to '94. And the snails are part of an installation by Nick Bastis, in the FRIEZE debut of Chicago's Regards gallery.
Cosme, El Rey, Juice Press, Superiority Burger and Sant Ambroeus are the fair's new restaurants; joining several returning favorites including Frankies Spuntino, Roberta's, Marlow & Sons and Court Street Grocers.
This year also sees the debut of a dedicated Reading Room and a Frieze Week magazine, including info on all the participating galleries, insider tips, and interesting articles on everything from the Dia Foundation to the NYC panorama in the Queens Museum (pictured above). They've also added a second "express" ferry service departing from East 90th Street, while maintaining the original East 35th Street ferry.
The fair is open to the public from 11 a.m. daily, May 5 to May 8. Advance tickets are available HERE.