The English painter Ben Nicholson was a man of interiors. He surrounded himself with instruments of design—hammers, chisels, spanners—and piled them up in his house. They eventually inspired his first evocative still lifes, paintings that feature humble items with extraordinary flair. After encountering the work of Picasso and Mondrian, and marrying the modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth (the second of his three wives), Nicholson began experimenting with abstraction. His paintings, reliefs, prints, and drawings are on view in this exhibition, alongside the things that inspired them. —E.C.
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