Tim Burton @ MoMA

“Beetle juice, beetle juice, beetle juice!”

I grew up watching the Beetle Juice cartoon. I also have seen The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Fish, Mars Attacks, Batman Forever…and I am dying to see Alice in Wonderland this year! All of this goes to show that Tim Burton has been an influence in my life through movies…

The Museum of Modern Art is having a Tim Burton exhibit from November 22 through April 26 – showing a career retrospective consisting of a gallery exhibition and a film series. The exhibit shows Burton’s career as a director, producer, writer, and concept artist. He has also worked as a fiction writer, photographer and illustrator.

From his early childhood, Burton showed great visual imagination that carried through to his more mature work. Themes of adolescence, adulthood, elements of sentiment, cynicism, and humor are infused in his work through drawings, paintings, storyboards, digital and moving-images, puppets, props, costumes, sketchbooks, and cartoons. With pop culture as his inspiration, Burton has reinvented filmmaking as a spiritual experience, influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics.

Two artists who have been influenced by Burton’s work are Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen. They hit the red carpet Tuesday night to pay tribute to Tim Burton at the Museum of Modern Art.

If you’ve enjoyed Burton’s movies as much as I have, I am sure you would also enjoy this exhibition. Considering Tim Burton, it is guaranteed not be dull…


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