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Governors' muses, mistresses prompt art debate

Posted: June 27, 2013 2:58 p.m.
Updated: June 27, 2013 2:58 p.m.

In this photo taken Monday portraits of actress Brigitte Neilsen, left, who had a relationship with Arnold Schwarzenegger and actress Nancy Davis, before she married Ronald Reagan, are among the paintings by artist Maren Conrad of women with sexual ties to California Governors, in Sacramento.

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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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