Burton Exhibit…Walls covered in inspiration!

The Tim Burton exhibit I recently visited was originally in New York during the winter/spring of 2009/10.  I remember reading about it in a magazine last February some time.  It said the show ran until April and I started excitedly looking for a way to get there before it ended.

As you can probably tell by my past tense…I didn’t make it…BUT, this lovely show made its way to Toronto last fall and is presently running until April 17, 2011!  So, some friends and I bought tickets and headed downtown to the Bell Lightbox to get our Burton fix.

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures in the exhibit, which we pretty much expected.  It was still disappointing…especially when I had my nose less than a foot away from the leather costume worn by Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands!!  The costume was on display, along with one of the scissor hands.

Awesome to see in person but would have loved to take a shot!


Getting read to enter the exhibit

I was initially a little put off by the cost…over $22 per person.  But in hindsight, it was definitely worth it!  Not only because I love Burton’s work but because the exhibit is massive!  There is so much to see….Enough that I would argue for visiting a second time because I’m pretty sure I would see things that I missed the first time around.

The exhibit not only showcases work Burton did on various movies; it also gives you a glimpse inside of young Burton’s mind as he grew up, worked for Disney, and finally struck out on his own.

My favourite sketches included a number of pencil drawing he did illustrating English idioms in a sarcastic, cynical and hilarious way.  “Undressing a woman with his eyes.” “Enjoying each other.”  “Giving one’s eyes a rest.”  There is no way to describe how he illustrated these, but if you are at all familiar with Burton…where your mind *just* went, no matter how silly or ridiculous, is probably pretty close to the actual drawings!

This post would not be complete without a mention of the note written by Vincent Price to Tim, which was framed and on display.  An actual pen scribble…a pen wielded by Vincent Price!  Absolutely marvelous!

To commemorate the visit, I decided to suck it up and purchase a book of his work.  I am so glad to have a copy and I don’t remotely mind the price I paid.  The only drawback to the purchase was that 1) the book weighs almost as much as me 2) I had to carry it to dinner, followed by an hour+ commute home 3) it was -20 degrees outside at the time.

Regardless, it now has a permanent place on my coffee table!


The Burton Collection...weighing me down!