A retrospective of Tim Burton's 27-year career celebrates the filmmaker's whimsical take on the grotesque. Interestingly, it's the first of several upcoming exhibitions in New York that deal with surreal and haunting themes.
The Tim Burton retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art in New York puts his adolescent sketchbooks and amateur films on display, examining Burton's style in the context of his conventional childhood spent in Burbank, California.
Burton is first and foremost a commercial artist, which makes this large scale exhibition out of the ordinary for MoMA. It is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to a filmmaker at the museum.
But its focus on eerie, dreamlike worlds and characters is remarkable in view of some of next year's exhibitions, which include a look at "haunted" artworks (Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance) at the Guggenheim, surrealism (Twilight Vision: Surrealism, Photography and Paris) at the International Center for Photography and at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the works of fashion design duo Rodarte, known for taking inspiration from horror films.
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