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Champagne Life? Not Quite.

Jan 12 2016

MIA FEUER:Saatchi Gallery

Work by Mia Feuer, Saatchi Gallery.


Champagne Life, Saatchi Gallery's showcase of 14 emerging artists, all women, is set to open tomorrow, January 13.


On the one hand, it's hard to believe that in 2016, we still need a special showcase to promote women artists. On the other, I can't help but feel grateful that talented artists who might not otherwise get the attention they deserve will have a spotlight shone on their work. As pointed out by The Guardian, of the top 50 contemporary auction lots by living artists sold at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in China, New York and London in 2015, only four were by women. That's an appalling figure by any measure.


Media critic and sociologist Marshall McLuhan called art "a Distant Early Warning System that could be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it". If that's in fact the case, then the de facto exclusion of female artists from the art scene is depriving our culture of important information about what's happening to it. Given the upheaval we're facing on multiple fronts, who can afford to overlook potentially critical insight from one half of society? It's like driving a car at full speed down an icy road with one eye closed.


Sincerely,


The Luxe Chronicles

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Thanks! The article is all about respecting women artists.In the world were we are like having different societies where some give respect to women and in other women are treated with hate. Similarly the choose of a
profession makes difficult for them (women). We are not in stone ages of this world, we entered into modern ages, where the world and people has different opinions and argues about women and their professions.

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