The show of Burton’s works, which runs at MoMA until April 26, shows artwork generated during the conception and production of the director’s films, pieces from unrealized projects, student art, his early non-professional films and work for non-film endeavors.

Joining Burton at the museum was his girlfriend, actress Helena Bonham Carter, second from left, frequent collaborator Johnny Depp, left, and actor Danny DeVito, right.

These figures, including Stain Boy, center background, and Robot Boy, right, are part of Tim Burton exhibit’s at the Museum of Modern Art.

This sculpture, which looks like many of the dark, menacing characters in Burton’s films, is one of the more than 700 works of art on display.

Tim Burton on set with actor Johnny Depp, who frequently works with Burton, during the filiming of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in 2007. The movie is about a man unjustly sent to prison by a lecherous judge who vows revenge.

This shows an image from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas” storyboard from 1993.

This is Burton’s watercolor and pastel drawing of a Martian that looks very much like those that appear in his 1995 film “Mars Attacks!”

This 1990 sketch of the character Edward Scissorhands is one of the many artworks on display.


Another sketch from 1982–1984 that would inspire stories for Burton’s children’s book, “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.”

“The World of Stainboy,” written and directed by Burton, was released in 2000. He drew this image with pen and ink, watercolor wash and colored pencil.

This sketch comes from Burton’s 1997 children’s poetry book “The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories.” Some of the characters in this book would later appear in a Flash series called “The World of Stain Boy.”

Burton’s 1997 painting “Blue Girl with Wine” looks like a Picasso portrait of Sally from “Nightmare Before Christmas.” The painting is in the third part of the MoMA exhibit, where Burton’s film work takes center stage.


~ by jennylilbit on November 23, 2009.

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