There has been an awful lot of ‘feminism’ in the media as of late. Some of it is very worthy of it’s name and some of it is just piggybacking just because it is the latest buzz word. The Saatchi Gallery are attempting to address a very worthy cause; women in art. When we ask ‘who are the top artists ever?’ the typical answers will be Pablo Picasso, Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol etc – all men. Mainstream history has barely remembered any of the female artists. Saatchi is changing that for the future. Champagne Life is an arts exhibition of purely female artists. This has inevitably encouraged debate as to whether a gender-focused show is really going to achieve true equality but in one way or another history tends to speak for itself and there is still a long stretch – in the art world at least – between men and women.
Featuring the work of 14 emerging artists including Julia Wachtel (whose work inspired the name of the show), Alice Anderson and Stephanie Qualyel. The works explore diverse themes from perceived glamour to challenging the perceived artifacts associated with women’s roles throughout history.
Hopefully, you can judge purely on the quality of the work (even if you loathe it!) and the show is engaging enough that you forget about the gender angle.
Champagne Life is on until the 3rd March at the Saatchi Gallery, Kings Road, London.