"A conversation piece—something that sparks our curiosity, initiates dialogue, generates a response—the expression was originally attached to works of art, specifically images of people engaging in informal social activities, in the familiar settings and rituals of everyday life. A part of this very narrow definition still resides in how we often think of art’s particular way of addressing us. Whether generating a question, requiring our response, our imagination, or our participation, we tend to distinguish art from other modes of communication by its open-endedness. Needless to say, this sense of art as a conversation piece has also resulted in artists making connection and communication a theme of their work. This selection of works from the permanent collection includes works that represent, produce, embody, warp, translate or sometimes frustrate connection and sociability."
- Pan Wendt, Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery
Jean Paul Lemieux (1904-1990) Study for Charlottetown Revisited, 1964, oil on paper 31.9 x 58.6 cm, Gift of Charles R. Bronfman, Montreal, 1989 (CAG 89.10)