|A Sketch of Stain Boy, from Burton’s 1998 children’s poetry book “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.”|
A retrospective of Tim Burton's work is currently on exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art. We went to have a look at the 700 pieces that were on display.
|LACMA also has an installation of 202 street lamps out front|
here) and he did loan some items for Burton's exhibit.
|photo: Lance Staedler|
Burton also designed the entrance to this special exhibit. Patrons enter through this giant mouth, which has a red carpet for a tongue and a red-and-black spiral wall inside, which I imagine to represent noise and a vibrating uvula.
My theory could be hooey. I later discovered the entrance to the exhibit while it was in New York looked like this:
Because it was a "special exhibit", separate tickets were required. Even though we had timed-tickets, the line was quite long.
No photography is allowed inside the exhibit, but I didn't hear that until I had snapped a few photos. On the other side of the spiral wall were these dangerous-looking sculptures created for the show based on drawings from Tim's "Creature" series.
Some early samples from that wall:
These pages from "The Giant Zlig", a proposed children's book written and illustrated in 1976 by a 17-year old Tim Burton, were on the walls in that room :
Here's an image of a young Tim Burton with models for "Vincent":
The large canvas in the center of this wall is an oil painting called "Blue Girl with Wine", from 1997:
A closer look:
Notice that Blue Girl has facial scars similar to Sally from "Nightmare Before Christmas".
I loved the layering in this drawing with an "Unknown" title that has a pet cemetery:
I can admire this artwork of a pet cemetery, but I won't be able to watch his Frankenweenie movie, a remake of his 1984 film about a dog brought back to life, Frankenstein-style, after it is hit by a car. That just hits too close to home for me. Frankenweenie is due out October 2012.
Besides paintings, there were also small sculptural models based on his artwork.
|That sure looks like Tim Burton on the left in this small sculpture!|
You could clearly see Tim Burton had several different styles of drawing, but the same types of characters and subject matter was recurrent. This room also had two of Burton's very early films playing: the aforementioned "Vincent", and "Hansel and Gretel", a live-action short from 1983 that aired once on the Disney Channel. It is shown playing on the right in this photo:
Tim Trivia: Did you know Tim Burton had cameo acting roles? Here he is in 1992's "Singles":
(By the way, I have a co-worker named Tim Burton, and he is the exact opposite of this Tim Burton.)
We enter the final room, called "Beyond Burbank". This covers approximately 1988 to the present, and includes several costume pieces from his films, such as masks and a Catwoman suit from "Batman" and a mannequin dressed in the Edward Scissorhands costume.
The scissor hands were housed in their own showcase:
Here is the scarecrow from "Sleepy Hollow":
|photo by Dhani|
The next room held only these air-blown figures that whipped around:
The Tim Burton exhibit runs until Halloween 2011, and related events include a costume party, matinee showings of Burton's movies, and a Price-a-thon film series. More pictures at the museum's website.