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CHAMPAGNE LIFE @ SAATCH GALLERY 21/01/16

13th January - 9th March 2016.

As quoted by the GQ review of the new Saatchi exhibition, the gallery opened Champagne Life, its first ever exhibition comprised entirely of work by female artists, a welcome reminder that the art world ports its very own glass ceiling (x),  Male artists dominate the big stars, with the highest price paid at auction for the work of a living artist is Jeff Koon’s Balloon Dog (Orange), this went for $58.4 million. The highest price paid for a living female artist was Yayoi Kusama’s White No. 2, which only went for $7.1 million. There’s a smiliar stuation for deceased artists too. Pablo Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger (Version “O”)  was sold for $179.4 million. The most valued work from a deceased female artist is Georgia O’Keefe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1which went for $44.4 million. This situation isn’t exactly equal, and in only 2010, 83% of the artists showing in Tate Modern were men. 

The Saatchi Gallery is looking to redress the balance with Champagne Life, and works well. At first glance, you wouldn’t expect that these artists were soley women, but isn’t that due to our overwhelming education that a male would be in shot?

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