In 2011, we went behind the scenes of Tim Burton’s expansive retrospective at LACMA, where he described an exhibition as a place of “excitement, mystery, discovery, life, and death.” His career is the inspiration behind “Nightmare in Wonderland”, an ongoing show series entering into its second phase on April 11th at Distinction Gallery. A play on The Nightmare Before Christmas, the exhibition title refers to just the tip of the iceberg. The artists, which include newcomer Atsuko Goto (covered here), Yoko d’Holbachie (featured in Vol. 6 in 2007), Natalie Shau, Dan May, Kukula, Lola, Calvin Ma, Naoto Hattori, Scott Radke, and many more, have chosen to portray a large variety of Burton subjects.
Hi-Fructose attended last night’s premiere of Tim Burton’s biopic, “Big Eyes” at the theatre at Ace hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. The premiere was also attended by leading actress Amy Adams, notable fans and gallerists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Andrew and Shawn Hosner of Thinkspace Gallery, Greg Escalante of Copro Gallery, and Margaret Keane’s own San Francisco based Keane Eyes Gallery, to name a few. “Big Eyes” chronicles the journey of Margaret Keane’s popular big-eyed waifs, from humble beginnings to her abusive relationship with Walter Keane, who locked her in a studio and took credit for her art for years. Photos from the premiere after the jump!
Few images are more prevalent throughout art history than the eye, the window to the soul. The road that led to the popularity of the ‘big eyes’ style is not a straight one. “Melancholy Menagerie: A Gaze into the World of Big Eyes”, which opened this weekend at Fullerton Museum Center, archives its many twists and turns. While the source of this style can be argued, one thing is certain- it sparked a popular art culture internationally. Read more after the jump.