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The Art of Tim Burton

Untitled (Creature Series Drawing) 1994, By Tim Burton
Untitled (Creature Series Drawing) 1994, By Tim Burton

Producer, Director, Writer Tim Burton is best known for his films such as Batman, Mars Attacks!, Corpse Bride, and many others. However, he recently began exhibiting his artwork, which in many cases is related to his films. Although, there are some items unrelated to his films included as well. Last year an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City consisted of over seven hundred drawings, paintings, photographs, moving image works, concept art, storyboards, puppets, maquettes, costumes, and other items from his films and from little-known personal projects. The MoMA exhibition was accompanied by a retrospective of Burton’s theatrical features and shorts. The exhibition also coincided with the release of the publication, The Art of Tim Burton, published by Steeles Publishing. The Art of Tim Burton is a hardcover book with over 430 pages plus foldouts, containing more than 1000 illustrations by Tim Burton and text contributions from over 20 of Tim’s friends and collaborators, including Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Danny Devito, Danny Elfman, and Winona Ryder. There is also a deluxe edition which includes a limited edition numbered and signed lithograph.

About the book, the LA Times says:

“The Art of Tim Burton” is as personal as a scrapbook, full of reminiscences and previously unseen work. A childhood crayon drawing of the Creature from the Black Lagoon leads to the image of an early (and unpublished) picture book called “The Giant Zlig” and a poster Burton designed as a teenage employee of the city of Burbank for an anti-litter campaign.

Tim Burton tells the Times:

It’s not showing me as a great artist,” he says.”It’s just showing my weird mental process, the way things grow. Whether I’m working on a movie or doing a drawing, my favorite time is making it. When I finish, there’s a nice sense of accomplishment, but really, it’s about the process for me.

The Tim Burton exhibition will be coming to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in May 2011.

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