All photos by G.
Aside from loving The Nightmare Before Christmas and the first 2 remakes of Batman, I am not a huge Tim Burton fan. That changed dramatically when I went to the Tim Burton and the Lurid Beauty of Monsters Exhibit at MOMA with the always fabulous Gail. The exhibit was very crowded, so I’d advise that you use the above link to get your tickets in advance, as it’s been sold out for weeks.
The man has been creating art (and thankfully cataloging it) since he was a little kid, and it’s all on display now at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. There must have been a thousand works in this exhibit. You’ll see paintings, doodles, unreleased cartoons, costumes, renderings and models from this brilliant man. There’s stuff from all of his major films (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Black Cauldron, Batman, Batman Returns, Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, James and the Giant Peach, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride, Mars Attacks, Sweeney Todd and the list goes on…) A few of my favorites were a drawing of “Vincent” that was autographed by the inspiration Vincent Price, with a note saying “I wish I was him”; a handwritten letter to Johnny Depp with an idea for a line he should say in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and a rejection letter from Disney on a children’s book that Burton hand illustrated when he was a kid that basically said he is talented but he’s not commercial enough. Who’s laughing now? If you even remotely like his work, this exhibit is a must see. They were very strict about no photos (read: buy the $70 coffee table book instead), but I got a few for my faithful. Enjoy them after the jump (and there’s more on Gail’s blog. Link is above).