‘Politically risque’ paintings pulled

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SACRAMENTO, California (KCRA) — An art collection at a lounge near the California Capitol is at the center of controversy.

The paintings, titled “Politically Vulnerable,” were pulled from the walls of Vanguard.

The work was set for a grand opening Friday.

The art collection includes 12 paintings by artist Maren Conrad of 10 women, including Linda Ronstadt, Maria Shriver and Christine Larsen, who have been wives, lovers or muses for California governors.

“We went through the list of who was going to be portrayed, the concept behind it, my artist statement,” Conrad said. “My goal in creating this body of work was to start a conversation about who these women are and to show a common strength, showing one’s femininity and vulnerability even in the face of politics.”

She said Vanguard wasn’t so “vanguard” in pulling her paintings, after a person who read a short brief about the art in the Capitol Morning Report complained.

“Vanguard was worried about upsetting the female lobbyist, the female backing,” Conrad said. “In her email, she stated that she would boycott the restaurant and not give her business anymore and get her colleagues to do the same thing.”

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