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Emyr Thomas from Bon Vivant, London’s most affordable and personal concierge services, shares his thoughts on the best events happening this autumn.

Frieze Art Fair takes place every October in Regent’s Park showcasing new and established artists from the world’s leading galleries to an international audience of contemporary art lovers. This year’s fair kicks off on the 14th.

Frieze Art Fair is one of the world’s most influential contemporary art fairs and every year brings an international focus to the dynamic contemporary art scene in London. Frieze Art Fair is a carefully selected presentation of the most forward-thinking galleries from around the globe, this year featuring more galleries than ever before, with a total of 172 exhibitors.

The dynamism of galleries from emerging territories such as Asia and South America is balanced by a strong European and American contingent. Galleries new to the main section of the fair include: Bortolami, New York; Xavier Hufkens, Brussels; Michael Lett, Auckland.

The successful introduction of Frame, dedicated to galleries under six years old showing solo artist presentations, sees its return in 2010. Notable presentations this year include: the first European showing of Brazilian sculptor Carlos Bevilacqua at Simon Preston Gallery, New York; artist duo Daniel Keller and Nik Kosmas (Aids-3d) at Gentili Apri, Berlin and Naeem Mohaiemen at Experimenter, Kolkata. The galleries exhibiting in Frame are selected on the basis of an artist’s solo presentation. Frame is one of the key places to see artists for the first time and on a significant platform. The Frame galleries’ selection has been advised by curators Daniel Baumann and Cecilia Alemani.

In previous years, Frieze Projects, which is presented in association with Cartier, has presented new commissions by artists including Richard Prince, Ryan Gander, Paola Pivi and Mike Nelson. Frieze Talks has included keynotes by John Baldessari, Yoko Ono, Dave Hickey and Roni Horn.

Frieze Art Fair is one of the few fairs to focus only on contemporary art and living artists. The fair presents a curated programme of talks, artists’ commissions and film projects, many of which are interactive or performative and encourage visitors to engage with art and artists directly.

The opening night is renowned for being a glamorous affair, which is a must for fans of contemporary art. The restaurant at the fair will be hosted by a renowned London chef – last year it was Mark Hix, offering a selection of classic British dishes.

Held around the same time will be the Zoo Art Fair, which is regarded as one of the foremost international platforms for emerging contemporary art talent. Zoo supports new galleries and project spaces, working with up-and-coming young artists.

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