Art Of Burton

Opening this weekend, 29 May 2011, LACMA will present “Tim Burton” a major retrospective exploring the full range of Burton’s creative work, both as a director of live-action and animated films, and as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer. Taking inspiration from popular culture, fairy tales, and traditions of the gothic, Burton has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking as an expression of a personal vision.


Tim Burton, Blue Girl With Wine, 1997, Oil on Canvas, Private Collection 2011 © Tim Burton. 

On view through October 31, 2011, culminating appropriately in a Halloween celebration, the “at once disturbing and oddly inviting” exhibition writes LAT, brings together over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks, maquettes, costumes, and cinematic ephemera, including art from a number of unrealized and little-known personal projects.


Movie Poster from Burton’s Alice In Wonderland, 2010.

Many of these objects come from the artist’s own archive, as well as from studio archives and private collections of Burton’s collaborators. The hundreds of never-before-exhibited drawings, paintings, sculptures, and sketchbooks will be joined by a selection of domestic and international film posters from his feature films, accompanied by music specifically composed for the exhibition by Burton’s longtime collaborator Danny Elfman. Also included will be film props and a selection of large-scale Polaroids created by Burton, as well as virtually unseen films -including early student films.


From the Burton Exhibit TIFF Toronto 2010. 

Burton has been working with LACMA to make the exhibit a surreal ‘Burtonesque’ environment if you will.  He will install two large-scale outdoor artworks: on view through the Resnick Pavilion’s all-glass northernfacade will be a deer-shaped topiary inspired by Edward Scissorhands (1990); elsewhere on campus, Balloon Boy, a 21-foot-tall, 8-foot-diameter many-eyed creature, an amalgamation of the tragic characters that Burton first introduced in his 1997 book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and other Stories, will be installed.


From the Burton Exhibit Entrance MoMA NY 2009-10.


From the Burton Exhibit MoMA NY 2009-10. 

The exhibition is being organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The same show ran in NY in 2009-10 where it became one of the most-attended exhibitions in the museum’s history. Since premiering in New York, the Burton exhibition has traveled to Melbourne, Australia, and Toronto.

Book Signing: Tim Burton at LACMA Saturday, 28 May, 2011 | 12:00 pm. For more information visit his official site at timburton