With a visual style inspired by the aesthetics of animation and silent comedy, American filmmaker Tim Burton has reinvented Hollywood genre filmmaking over the past three decades, melding the exotic, the horrific, and the comic and manipulating expressionism and fantasy with the skill of a graphic novelist.
Published to accompany the major career retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art, this book considers Burton's career as an artist and filmmaker. It narrates the evolution of his creative practices, following the current of his visual imagination from his earliest childhood drawings through his mature oeuvre.
Illustrated with works on paper, moving-image stills, drawn and painted concept art, puppets and maquettes, storyboards, and examples of his work as a graphic artist, this book sheds new light on Burton and presents previously unseen works from the artist's personal archive.
With text by Tim Burton, Jenny He, and Ron Magliozzi
Designed by Roy Brooks, Fold Four
Published by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2009
Softcover, 64 pages, 54 color images, 8 × 10 inches