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HOT SPOT: THE SAATCHI GALLERY AGAIN

You’ve still got the chance to visit Champagne Life, the all-female art show staged to mark Saatchi Gallery’s thirtieth anniversary. Re-opening on 2nd March after London Fashion Week, it features the work of 14 female artists from countries as diverse as France, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iran and Serbia.

You’ve still got the chance to visit Champagne Life, the all-female art show staged to mark Saatchi Gallery’s thirtieth anniversary. Re-opening on 2nd March after London Fashion Week, it features the work of 14 female artists from countries as diverse as France, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Iran and Serbia. Controversial from the beginning, the show approaches the issue of the glass ceiling for women artists, which applies to the art world just as much as it does to any other sphere of work.

Jelena Bulajic & Virgile Ittah

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The exhibition takes its title from one of the works on display by American neo-Pop painter Julia Wachtel, featuring inverted images of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West juxtaposed with blue plastic sculptures of Minnie Mouse pointing to the couple. Champagne Life may suggest glamour and high living, but on the contrary, it tries to reflect what it means to be a female artist today, throwing into contrast the reality of many long, cold, lonely hours working in the studio with the perceived glamour of the art world.

Maha Mullah 'Untitled'

Mequitta Ahuja

Virgile Ittah’s ghostly wax sculptures; Jelena Bulajic’s huge mixed-media images of human faces; Soheila Sokhanvari’s stuffed horse straddling a blue balloon; Stephanie Quayle’s life-sized cows, modelled out of clay; Alice Anderson’s giant copper sculptures and the impressive grand-scale assemblage of 233 burnt cooking pots and pans by Maha Malluh – amongst many others – is guaranteed to banish indifference.

Paik and Quayle Cows

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Last year, both Tate galleries in London held solo retrospectives for female artists. Currently, the Rubell Family Collection in Miami is displaying artworks made by more than a hundred women of different generations, cultures and disciplines. Things might be changing for women: Champagne Life has been lauded by the press, with headlines like “heartening news for art” (The Telegraph), “the first meaningful exhibition of 2016” (Sunday Times), “a welcome reminder that the art world sports its very own glass ceiling” (GQ magazine). Whether shows like this are necessary to redress gender disparity, or not, remains a controversial issue.

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Soheila Sokhanvari 'Moje Sabz'

Don’t let others tell you about it. Hurry up, Champagne Life runs until 9th March!

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Wednesday 10AM–6PM
Thursday 10AM–6PM
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