Georg Baselitz returns to Gagosian Gallery with a suite of paintings based on the self-portraits of fellow artists. Rendered in his idiosyncratic Neo-expressionist style, inverted heads, illuminated by a bright halo of fine mist, float on mid-night ground. When seen side by side in the cavernous front gallery, it feels as if art history is gliding through space. Measuring exactly 165 x 100 cm, the canvases hold impressions of Cecliy Brown, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol, Tracey Emin and many more. Only their initials give clues as to their identity, for the memory is Baselitz’s own and so are his interpretations. Tinkering with perception and the role that time plays on the fragmentation of mental imprints, he re-animates these recollections with energetic patchworks of impastoed paint, so disfigured and raw that often the only reference point remains the outline. What sets these portraits apart, however, is a new, affable color palette that ranges from rosy pinks and sky blues to auburn reds. For an artists that has often thrived on shocking the public, these portraits feel tender, almost loving which tempt the reading that, like a fine wine, even Herr Baselitz may mellow with age. At Gagosian through March 16.