Tim Burton’s Frighteningly Creative World

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Everyone knows Tim Burton is imaginative. The film director has made some of the most groundbreaking, celebrated films of the last 20 years—from the retro fantasy Edward Scissorhands to the stop motion marvel The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Taking his inspiration cues from popular culture, Burton has singlehandedly reinvented Hollywood filmmaking as an expression of personal vision, garnering an international audience of fans and influencing a generation of young artists working in film, video, and graphics.

Now through April 2010, New York’s Museum of Modern Art is hosting a massive collection of Burton’s creative work, showcasing his artistic visions from early childhood drawings through his current work in film. It brings together over 700 examples of rarely or never-before-seen drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, costumes, and cinematic tokens from such films as Batman, Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood and Beetlejuice.

It also pools together scores of creative output from unrealized and little-known personal projects that reveal Burton’s talent as an artist, illustrator, photographer, and writer. Even to diehard Burton fans, this portion of the exhibit is illuminating. domain whois . It’s surprising to see how concrete the director’s visions were from an exceptionally early stage of his films’ lives. Some concepts were drawn, sculpted, or painted years before production began.

The gallery exhibition is accompanied by a complete retrospective of Tim Burton’s theatrical features and a lavishly illustrated publication. Those not able to get to New York before the exhibit closes can check out MoMA’s interactive exhibit here.

Tickets to visit MoMA are available at the museum, or to purchase online, click here.

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