ART: PRIVATE VIEW

Giorgio Morandi Estorick Foundation, London N1
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Giorgio Morandi is one of the greatest of all 20th-century artists. He's one of the giants of Italian art, but a gentle one: he's the quiet master of the low-toned still life, of vases, jars and bottles in simple arrangements of chalky whites and greys. They are utterly beautiful paintings and deeply satisfying.

Nineteen of them, including a group of his lesser-known landscapes, go on exhibition this week at the Estorick Foundation in north London as part of a group of work on show from the Giovanardi Collection of 20th- century Italian art. It's a rare chance to see a quantity of his work in this country; the Tate has a beauty, but they are pictures which best reveal their subtleties when viewed in numbers, and this is an opportunity not to be missed.

The Estorick Foundation is the latest Italian cultural outpost in London, following on from the ill-fated Academia Italiana, but with a clearer vision and its own enviable collection of Futurist art. It has been open for only two years but has fast established itself as a centre for the best of modern Italian art and is a very welcome addition to London's gallery scene.

Giorgio Morandi, Estorick Foundation, 39a Canonbury Square, London N1 (0171-704 9522) to 19 Sept

Richard Ingleby

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