Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf

Paul De Vree


Photography, 82 x 67 cm.
Materials: photo emulsion, canvas

Collection: Private Collection, Antwerp.

In his poesia visiva, De Vree also makes use of a collage technique in which drawing, photograph and typography collectively shape the poem. *Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf* shows a sketch of a dancing couple whose heads are photographs of Richard Nixon and Leonid Brezhnev. The text printed on their clothes reads “Watergate” and “Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf”. The title is borrowed from the eponymous play by Edward Albee (the remarkable film adaptation of which starred Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor). De Vree is here alluding to the love/hate relationship between the two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union.

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