by Douglas Messerli
Tim Burton (curated by Ron Magliozzi, Jenny He, and Rajendra Roy by The Museum of Modern Art, New York) / I saw the show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on October 27, 2011
By coincidence Howard and I attended a showing of the art of Tim Burton at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art just a few days before Halloween, the perfect time to take in the drawings, films, photographs, sculptures, puppets, and other artworks of the film director. Including work from the early 1970s to forthcoming work of 2012, one easily recognizes that the somewhat surreal, gothic, sci-fi, and just plain strange images of the young Burbank, California boy (born August 25, 1958), almost naturally transformed into the images Burton has used in his films, particularly in Beetlejuice, Batman, and Edward Scissorhands. Indeed, the show includes work from all his films, both early sketches and drawings by Burton himself as well as clips, objects, and drawings by his associates that were used for and in those films. Even the Angora sweater worn by both the characters Ed Wood and Dolores Fuller in Burton's film was on view.