Olga Jevrić, Proposal for a Monument. Zev, 1958, iron, 4 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄8 × 2 3⁄4".

Olga Jevrić, Proposal for a Monument. Zev, 1958, iron, 4 1⁄2 × 5 1⁄8 × 2 3⁄4".

Olga Jevrić


In a selection of works dated 1955 to 2001, several poised, boulder-like works by the Serbian artist Olga Jevrić (1922–2014) absorbed light into heavy gray, brown, and orange surfaces derived from ferric oxide, iron, cement, terra-cotta, and bronze. The ensemble had a grounding quality that was also uplifting. Invested with movement, certain constructions driven through with iron rods appeared to have forced themselves out of the earth. Inspired by the twelfth- to sixteenth-century stećci, or medieval tombstones, found in vast numbers in cemeteries across the borders of southeast Europe, Jevrić would not, however, have invited interpretations endowing her sculptures with powers of their own. “I use material as a means. I am not subservient to the material,” the artist states in the voice-over accompanying Space and Time, 1982, a video tour of her solo exhibition that year at the Museum of

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