London, United Kingdom: Saatchi Gallery, in partnership with Champagne Pommery, is pleased to announce the return of Champagne Life, the Gallery’s first all-women exhibition. The show will reopen on October 1, 2016, following its successful reception in January 2016.
Champagne Life celebrates the work of a constellation of female artists, and provides a rare and apposite moment to reflect on what it means to be both female and a professional artist today. New work by Aleksandra Mir, Jeni Spota, and Phoebe Unwin will now feature as part of the exhibition.
Drawing its title from a Julia Wachtel piece on display (a detail of which is employed as the featured image of this post), Champagne Life suggests high living, prestige and affluence; qualities that have led to the bubbly beverage’s appropriation into Hip-Hop culture as an indicator of success when artists transition from economically depressed ghettoes to penthouse lifestyles. Applied here to an exhibition bringing together the work of emerging women artists, the irony of the title is palpable and throws into contrast the reality of many long, uncomfortable, lonely hours spent in the studio with the outwardly perceived glamour of the art world.
As an exhibition, Champagne Life does not offer an overarching vista of “female” artistic practice, nor does it presume that there even exists such a thing. Instead, this show aims to play a pivotal role in prodding at the glass ceilings which tend to encase the art sector especially thickly.
Champagne Life presents new and arresting works by Mequitta Ahuja, Marie Angeletti, Jelena Bulajic, Julia Dault, Mia Feuer, Sigrid Holmwood, Virgile Ittah, Seung Ah Paik, Maha Malluh, Suzanne McClelland, Aleksandra Mir, Stephanie Quayle, Soheila Sokhanvari, Jeni Spota, Phoebe Unwin and Julia Wachtel.
Champagne Life also pays tribute to Saatchi Gallery’s commitment to supporting the practice of women artists early on in their careers by providing a platform to showcase their work. Many such artists have gone on to become central figures in contemporary art, including Cecily Brown, Tracey Emin, Paula Rego, Jenny Saville, Cindy Sherman, Rebecca Warren, Rachel Whiteread and many others.
About the Saatchi Gallery: The Saatchi Gallery was founded to provide an innovative platform to bring contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible and to make it accessible. Over the last five years, the Gallery has hosted 17 out of the 20 most visited exhibitions in London, according to The Art Newspaper‘s annual survey of international museum attendance, and is also ranked among the world’s top five most-liked museums on Facebook and Twitter by Museum Analytics. Entry to all of the Saatchi Gallery’s exhibitions is free.
About Champagne Pommery: The House of Pommery is one of the most prestigious names in Champagne— a name that is synonymous with contemporary style, with elegance and finesse. Madame Pommery launched the first commercially successful “Brut” Champagne in history in 1874, a time when Champagne was excessively sweetened with sugar. Today, Pommery Brut Royal NV is the signature Champagne of the House, and is produced from grapes sourced from 40 selected crus in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims. Pommery now has 11 different NV cuvées, 5 different rosé Champagnes and 4 vintage Champagnes— a range that is exceptional for any Champagne House. Pommery Brut Royal NV is poured at some of the UK’s top restaurants and bars, and can be purchased online.