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Tim Burton’s Dreadfully Delightful Display at the MoMA

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Tim Burton is notorious for his creatively grotesque  film characters – which include Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Sweeny Todd, and Batman,  – among many others.  The famed director/ producer/ artist is a fascinating inventor who has spent his film career molding and perfecting obscure ideas, turning them into brilliant movies (his newest one, a colorful and creepy Alice in Wonderland, is set to be released in 2010).  As such, the MoMA is exhibiting over 500 photographs, paintings, doodles, storyboards, stories, sculptures and sketches, dating back to Burton’s days at the California Institute of Art in its aptly named exhibition “Tim Burton.”


Tim Burton. Untitled (The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories). Image from the MoMA

The exhibition opens November 22nd, and the honored artist reveals some information about one of his paintings that will be on display.  A recent article from NY Magazine states,

…he says his acrylic painting The Green Man (1996–1998) is a kind of self-portrait and memento mori. It’s about “a feeling of being in a pub in England, thinking about my grandmother who had died, and feeling the connections she had with me.” The sharp edges of the triangular blue mask invoke her death in a traumatic accident. The stitching all over the man’s face is “a symbol for the internal, an indicator of a person’s different sides and struggle to keep it together.” … “I was depressed and disconnected. I couldn’t feel my hands. I bought some striped socks and suddenly felt very connected to the Earth again.” Really? Striped socks? “I have strange things happen to me.” Which will come as a surprise to exactly no one.