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15 February 2014 – 11 May 2014
Winifred Nicholson, Summer,1928. © The Trustees of Winifred Nicholson

Art & Life: 1920-1931. Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis & William Staite Murray

"All artists are unique and can only unite as complementarities not as similarities"

— Winifred Nicholson
Ben Nicholson, c.1925 (Jamaique) © Angela Verren Taunt, 2013. All rights reserved, DACS

This major exhibition brings together the work of painters Ben and Winifred Nicholson alongside that of their friends and fellow artists Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, and the potter William Staite Murray. There is the opportunity to see landscapes, sometimes depicting the same view, as well as paintings and ceramics that were shown together in contemporary exhibitions.

Focusing on the years of Ben and Winifred’s marriage from 1920-1931, and the important relationships they had with Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis and William Staite Murray,’Art and Lif’e’ explores how their work shaped the story of 20th century modern art.

‘Art and Life’ has a special resonance for Kettle’s Yard whose creator Jim Ede was friends with, and collected work by these artists. The exhibition is an opportunity to see key works from Kettle’s Yard’s collection, alongside major loans from institutions across the UK and from private collections.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication with specially commissioned essays, illustrated in full colour. Exhibition price £19.50.