Frieze Special Get Art Smart; the 14th Frieze Bonanza Kicks off Next Week, with Fairs, Events and Exhibitions Stretching across the Capital. Ben Luke Presents His Guide to the Highlights

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Frieze Special Get Art Smart; the 14th Frieze Bonanza Kicks off Next Week, with Fairs, Events and Exhibitions Stretching across the Capital. Ben Luke Presents His Guide to the Highlights


Byline: Ben Luke

IT'S now 13 years since the first Frieze art fair transformed the London art scene. Its immediate success meant that museums and galleries across the capital began timing their biggest and most imaginative shows to lure the global collectors, museum directors and artists who descend on London every October. But every year is different -- this time, for instance, there's a bounty of shows by leading American artists, from Richard Serra to Jeff Koons.

Frieze is a paradise for those of us who love art but it also presents a dilemma: where should you begin to explore the hundreds of shows stretching from Peckham to Camden, from Mile End to Mayfair? Here's the cream of the crop.

The fairs Frieze London and Frieze Masters Regent's Park, NW1. Thu-Sun Where it all began: the star attractions and magnets for the global art world. Frieze London is the contemporary fair; Masters is for historical art up to 2000. Look out for Frieze London's new section, The Nineties, with recreations of seminal shows from that decade. friezeartfair.com Sunday Art Fair Ambika P3, W1. Thu-Sun The most radical of the other fairs, Sunday features 25 emerging galleries and is where you're likely to find future stars -- and it's free. Head for the editions section to find good, affordable work.

sundayartfair.com 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair Somerset House, WC1. Thu-Sun The fourth edition of this excellent showcase of African art -- 40 exhibitors show around 130 artists from Africa and its diaspora. Look out, too, for Forum, the fair's talks and films programme. 1-54.com PAD London Berkeley Square, W1. Mon-Sun Now 10 years old, PAD is the bluechip fair where you can see design and decorative work alongside major art. It's the closest you'll get to seeing what great art looks like in the home. pad-fairs.com The Other Art Fair Old Truman Brewery, E1. Thu-Sun Now partnered with Saatchi Art, the online gallery created by Charles Saatchi, the Other Art Fair is uneven in quality but affordable. Tracey Emin has created a limited-edition for this year's event.

theotherartfair.com American icons Richard Serra Gagosian Britannia Street, WC1. Tomorrow until Feb 25. Gagosian Davies Street, W1. Until Dec 17 At Gagosian Britannia Street, three enormous new steel sculptures by this giant of contemporary sculpture; at Davies Street, several new drawings.

gagosian.com Cindy Sherman and David Salle Skarstedt, SW1. Tomorrow-Nov 26 A new space for the American gallery, showing playful homages to works made in the late Eighties and early Nineties by two linchpins of postmodern art. Sherman poses in photographs evoking Raphael and Rubens among others, while Salle's Tapestry series pastiches Italian and Dutch painting.

skarstedt.com Jeff Koons Almine Rech, W1. Mon-Jan 21 Rech opens her new Mayfair gallery with Jeff Koons's recent Gazing Ball works: painstakingly recreated Old Master paintings with suburban garden baubles.

alminerech.com Bruce Nauman: Natural Light, Blue Light Room Blain Southern, W1. Wed-Nov 12 Rare showing of early Nauman work, using blue fluorescent lights below skylights to disorientate the viewer. "The idea," Nauman said, "was that it would be hard to know what to focus on. Even if you did, it would be hard to focus."

blainsouthern.com Matt Mullican -- The Sequence of Things Camden Arts Centre, NW3. Until Jan 8 On posters, maps, photographs, drawings and much else, Mullican has created a universe of symbols in an attempt to grapple with the complexities of the world. His show is inspired by Camden Arts Centre's previous life as a public library. camdenartscentre.org Ed Ruscha: Extremes and In-Betweens Gagosian Gallery, W1. Wed-Nov 17 All new paintings by the prolific LA artist, featuring his familiar interplay of words and images. Includes the latest works in his muchloved series of mountain paintings. gagosian.com Mike Kelley Hauser & Wirth, W1. …

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