Art & Life: 1920-1931. Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis & William Staite Murray
15 February – 11 May 2014
This major exhibition brought 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 was 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 Life’ explored 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 was an opportunity to see key works from the Kettle’s Yard’s collection, alongside major loans from institutions across the UK and from private collections.
The exhibition was accompanied by a new publication with specially commissioned essays, illustrated in full colour.
Curated by Jovan Nicholson, Art & Life is a collaboration between Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, and Leeds Art Gallery. Supported by the Ede Circle and the Friends of Kettle’s Yard.