"The Storyteller" by Sohelia Sokhanvari



"Champagne Life" Is Saatchi Gallery's First All-Female Exhibition

London’s Saatchi Gallery has a new exhibit, “Champagne Life.” It’s a celebration of the storied gallery’s 30th birthday, but that’s not the only reason it’s big news — the exhibition only features female artists. Besides the exposure that these these fourteen contemporary artists deserve, the exhibit is making an effort repair gender inequality in contemporary art. Women in the field still have a long, looooong way to go to receive the same recognition and exposure as their male counterparts, especially for the price of their artwork.

Saatchi gallery’s chief executive, Nigel Hurst, spoke to the Guardian about the exhibition. “We’ve always supported the work of women artists over the years, many of those have gone on to have key roles in the contemporary art world,” he said. “But I think there’s still a huge amount of work to be done.”

The exhibition features a wide array of themes. The artists are all from their 20s to their 50s, and their work (spoiler alert) ranges from Julia Wachtel’s distorted images of Kim K and Yeezy to Sohelia Sokhanvari’s majestic horse chilling out on a bean bag chair.

Kimye in Julia Wachtel’s “Champagne Life.”

Oil, taxidermy, rope, Everlast boxing wraps, and burnt pots are only a few of the mediums these artists incorporated in their pieces. The work itself doesn’t all have an explicitly feminist message. The exhibit is meant to show a pure series of each individual’s work, and that’s all they’re asking for. No glitter, no ruffles, no fluff. Exhibits solely showcasing male artists, contemporary or not, are absurdly common, so shouldn’t an all-female artist exhibit be more common today? We’re hoping more galleries will take notice, and make this a movement for museums and galleries to come.

Champagne Life at the Saatchi Gallery in London will be on view from January 13th through March 6th.

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