(Note to self.) If I were in London now or in the next few weeks, instead of Frieze I'd probably be getting to these shows:
Saatchi/C4's New Sensations' show The Future Can Wait, with James Jessop, closed 17 Oct. I was at art school with Jim, he's a strong painter.
Charles Avery at Pilar Corrias, til 12 Nov. It's a small but very good show - he's such a great and careful draughtsman. The gallerist told me that the big drawings take him a year and are all pre-sold. His world-making reminds me of Paul Noble (another good draughtsman - see below).
Friend Stuart Buchanan at Modern Artists Gallery (nb which isn't in London), til 19 Nov.
Martin Westwood at Stanley Picker, til 26 Nov.
Paul Noble at Gagosian, 10 Nov - 17 Dec.
Wilhelm Sasnal at Whitechapel, til 1 Jan 2012 (and while there see the Rothko paintings, til 26 Feb 2012).
Gerhard Richter at Tate Modern, til 8 Jan 2012 (and while there see the Tacita Dean turbine hall installation, until 11 Mar 2012).
A Piece of Paper (group show) at Madder 139, 16 Nov - 14 Jan 2012.
John Martin at Tate Britain, til 15 Jan 2012.
Malicious Damage: The life and crimes of Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell at Islington Museum, til 21 Jan 2012.
Leonardo Da Vinci at National Gallery, 9 Nov - 5 Feb 2012. Leonardo doesn't make me gibber the way that Velazquez does, but this is a truly rare event - it's the first time both Virgin of the Rocks paintings have been shown together, and probably the only time in your lifetime. You will need to book tickets.