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LAist Interview with Lenora Claire, Curator of the Unforgettable "Golden Gals Gone Wild"

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Not since Magritte was in town at the beginning of this year have so many people talked about an art show.

Featuring dozens of controversial pieces from a variety of artists like Jackie Beat, Angus Oblong, Plastic God, Mad Puppeteer, Jim Winters, Austin Young, Selene Luna, Jtodd Irby, Chris McKim, Garilyn Brune and Gay Bigfoot, who knew that a topless painting of Bea Arthur that was bought off eBay for a little over $100 would be the centerpiece of a wild pop art collection that includes several other paintings of pop stars and Golden Girls in unusual (and sexy) outfits?

Los Angeles collector and curator Lenora Claire probably never expected the wide spectrum of press to be attracted to her outrageous "Golden Gals Gone Wild" show that opens tomorrow at the World of Wonder on Hollywood Blvd.

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[Update: for a photo essay review of the show, click here]

Media outlets from TMZ to NPR have fallen over themselves to talk with Ms. Claire, who also writes three columns in Frontiers magazine, about her collection starring the nude Chris Zimmerman painting of the actress who also starred as "Maude". And it could be the first time Tucker Max has been to an art gallery since he was in grade school. LAist was lucky enough to nab a little bit of the curator's time.

Q & A after the jump