Tim Burton is a multitalented artist whose works cover the wide spectrum of art, writing and filmmaking. As a director and concept artist for animated films Mr. Burton has created such films as The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Corpse Bride (2005). Jonny Depp acts as muse for Mr. Burton’s Edward Scissorhands (1990) Ed Wood (1994) Sleepy Hollow (1999) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and Sweeney Todd (2007). Coming out on March 5, 2010 is Alice in Wonderland with Mr. Depp, the trailer for this film is amazing and I think it will be another must see in 3D like Avatar. My favorite Tim Burton film has always been Beetlejuice (1988) and I am so pleased that my monkeys love it too (and of course the Roald Dahl book and Burton film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).
The current exhibition at the MOMA features over seven hundred examples of rarely or never-before-seen sketches and illustrations by Mr. Burton from early childhood through 2009. Works on display include sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, concept art , photographs , moving image works, puppets, maquettes, costumes, sculptures and films. A film retrospective that includes both films by Mr. Burton and those that served as his inspiration are featured. A cinematic ephemera from such films as Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Batman, Mars Attacks!, and Beetlejuice feature Mr. Burton's talents as a writer, photographer and illustrator.
Showing until April 26, 2010 in New York, the show will move to Melbourn and then Toronto.