Just as a Burton movie is unmistakable (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Nightmare Before Christmas) Burton's art is just as distinctive: a gallery of odd creatures and characters taken from a variety of inspirations such as Japanese monster movies, side show carnivals, sci-fi films and other fantastical expressions of Pop Culture that have tickled the quirky director's fancy.
The exhibit includes over 700 examples of Burton's sketchbooks, drawings, paintings, and amateur films. He made seven sculptures for the exhibit, and music from long time collaborator Danny Elfman plays in the galleries.
Crafters and artists in any medium can find inspiration at this show. Consider Kimm Chi, who creates beautiful silkscreened apparel featuring bold and abstract designs.
Although Kimm's work is very different from the work of the famous director, she still left the museum feeling inspired and in admiration of Burton's ability to be so prolific. She told us that while at MOMA, she chatted with a guard who told her that the exhibit was an unexpected hit for the museum, drawing in enormous crowds like Matisse or Picasso, and that the museum was amazed with the response, and it was great to really see people of all ages appreciate the work outside of just the movies. Kimm was moved to blog about her response to the show here.
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