Governors' muses, mistresses prompt art debate

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 29 at 3:04 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Sacramento artist whose exhibit of mistresses and girlfriends of California governors was censored before it opened will show the paintings after all.

The S Gallery downtown will feature Maren Conrad's oil-and-lacquered paintings of singer Linda Ronstadt, actress Piper Laurie, and actress Nancy Davis before she was a Reagan, among others. The gala opening is Thursday night.

The exhibit was supposed to be part of a permanent collection inside a new Capitol-area nightclub. But when one of the city's top female lobbyists complained to the owners, the exhibit came down.

The censorship ignited a debate in the city over what constitutes feminism and art.

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