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By Ashley Goldsmith

During a recent trip to the MoMa, I found myself preparing to enter what appeared to be a funhouse occupying the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters and Galleries. Said funhouse was actually a set of fluorescent paintings adorning the entrance to the Tim Burton retrospective now on display through April.

The third floor gallery features hundred of drawings, paintings, sculptures, sketchbooks and moving image works created by Burton spanning over his 27-year career. Favorites like Batman and Edward Scissorhands are represented with full on wax-like figures and a latex catwoman suit.

You’re first peek is into the mind of a young Tim Burton during his childhood in Burbank, California all the way through to the razors used in Sweeny Todd. You’ll see short stories Burton wrote growing up, red-marked and graded by his teachers; letters between Burton and Johnny Depp during the creation of Edward Scissorhands; never before seen moving image creations and sculptures created specifically for the exhibit; over 700 examples of his work are featured in the gallery.

Whether you’ve got family in town for the holidays to entertain or are just a Burton fan the exhibit is definitely worth the trip.

Log onto for a full schedule of screenings.

What: Tim Burton
Where: MoMa 11 West 53rd Street (between 56th & 6th Aves)
When: Now through April 26th, 2010

Originally published November 2009
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