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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Not nearly curiouser and curiouser enough

Burton's spidery sketches may be minor, but critical mass gives them heft. Basically, the show is an assemblage of maquettes, props, paintings, and motion tests. The installation is dense, and the juxtapositions are often witty (Ed Wood's angora sweater next to Cat Woman's polyurethane jumpsuit and the Penguin's black wicker baby carriage). There's even one of Edward Scissorhands's topiary animals out in the Museum's sculpture garden. The "Dream of Venus" pavilion that Salvador Dalí designed for the 1939 New York World's Fair might provide an art world analogue for the show, but Burton is heir to another tradition—the first filmmaker since Disney who could orchestrate a theme park. If our mayor wanted to give the city a gift (and himself a monument), he could do a lot worse than commissioning Burton to redesign Coney Island.

I'm not myself, you see.
Disney Enterprises, Inc.
I'm not myself, you see.

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Alice in Wonderland
Directed by Tim Burton
Walt Disney Pictures
Opens March 5

Tim Burton
Through April 26 Museum of Modern Art

jhoberman@villagevoice.com

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