The Tim Burton exhibition at the LA County Museum of Art follows Burton’s works from
grade school to the present. It’s like going to a carnival in Burton’s brain! The impression that I had of Burton’s early work was one of leafing through a good school portfolio, one of hundreds I’ve seen over the past 30 years. The fascination comes from how he kept working and developed into the artist we know today. The show highlights not only his films but sculpture, photography, books and more. It’s like peeking behind the curtain to get a glimpse of how magic happens!
While the content of the show was terrific, the organization and presentation were not.
It was an overcrowded rabbit warren without much rational thought to the flow of the visitors. The exhibition space was much tighter and the size of the crowds much larger than either needed to be. I’m not sure why LACMA even bothered to reserve the times to attend if they were just going to pack as many people in as possible. We knew we were in trouble when the group reading the introductory comments was asked to stop reading and move along. It’s a great show well worth seeing, but bring your patience with you. If LACMA has an Achilles heel, the implementation of big popular exhibitions is it.