Herbert List

Charles Cowles Gallery

This extensive exhibition spans the career of West German photographer Herbert List. It includes work from the ’20s through the mid ’70s, and ably represents the photographer’s diverse output. List’s photographic world is charged with a multitude of psychological meanings. While his portraits of well-known figures such as Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau are his most widely recognized works, this show presents us with glimpses into his rarely seen homoerotic photography.

List is a master of efficient composition. Even his most abstracted images maintain a strict sense of order. Muted gray tones dominate almost all of his scenarios, so that a melancholy mood predominates. While some of his portraits are stiff and overdramatic, there is no denying his superior craftsmanship. Often the subjects in his photographs seem emotionally distant, so that attractive surface impressions gloss over any

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