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Tim Burton unveils his macabre artwork at MoMA

November 19, 2009


Filmmaker Tim Burton, pictured, got the art-world seal of approval last night when he appeared at New York’s Museum of Modern Art to help launch a career retrospective featuring his drawings, paintings, puppets and, of course, his films.

Burton2The show of Burton’s works, which runs at MoMA from Nov. 22 to April 26, is one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions of the season. Last evening’s gala offered a first look at some of the artwork on display, much of which has never been exhibited in public before. (And yes, we have photos of some of that work.)

Joining the goth auteur at the museum was actress (and mother of his children) Helena Bonham Carter, frequent collaborator Johnny Depp, composer Danny Elfman and actor Danny DeVito. (MoMA breathlessly tweeted their arrivals at the party.)

According to the museum, the show features artwork generated during the conception and production of Burton’s  films, as well as pieces from unrealized projects. Also on display are Burton’s student art, his early non-professional films and work for non-film endeavors. (It’s not clear whether the exhibition includes work from Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” which opens in 2010.)

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