Tim Burton Exhibit in NYC


It appears the MOMA has an upcoming exhibit on Tim Burton‘s career that will feature some of his illustrations and costumes. It will take place November 22, 2009–April 26, 2010.

Personally I think this is huge as I would argue that a reasonable amount of contemporary goth and pop styles, and that of recent history, have been influenced at least in some part by his characters and creations.

FIT‘s recent Goth exhibition was pretty great, and had some real highlights but was primarily focused on the high fashion and severe end of goth style and lack some of the whimsical and fancy that Burton has embraced in his fantasies. I list a lot of exhibits on WT but I really do hope this one lives up to my expectations and that I am able to get to NYC to check it out.


Years ago when I was at the Bauhaus reunion shows in Chicago and Billy Corgan joined them on stage we all were swearing he was the living version of Jack from Nightmare Before Xmas.


But of course Burton isn’t all about Goth and also, as mentioned, bring to mind a dark sort of plasticine cheer that is overflowing with irony, sarcasm, nostalgia, and child-like joy. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure anyone?

Here is an image from MOMA’s site:

Tim Burton. Untitled (The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). 1982–84. Pen and ink, marker, and colored pencil on paper, 10 x 9″ (25.4 x 22.9 cm). Private collection.

Looking forward.

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