Martin Gayford

The beautiful upside-down world of Georg Baselitz

Plus: two intriguing younger painters at David Zwirner

‘Das Liebespaar (The Lovers)’, 1984, by Georg Baselitz. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

The hand is one of the first images to appear in art. There are handprints on the walls of caves in southern France, Indonesia and Argentina, made up to 50,000 years ago, which, although no doubt an illusion, seem to be waving at us across a vast gulf of time.

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