Composition 020462

Dragoslav Stojanović Sip, year 1962,

400 by 300 mm, linocut in color,

MAA Inv. No. 21 274

This small-size composition is characterized by a dark set of colors, and by wavy placement of elongated, irregular forms. By such effects the author achieves complete monumentality. Applying on this example his well-studied experiences with orphic abstraction, the author confirms that abstraction was constantly the basis of his artistic orientation.

Dragoslav Stojanovic Sip (1920 – 1976), a painter and applied graphics artist, the pro-rector and also rector of the University of Arts in Beograd (Belgrade), Serbia, was twice (1949 – 1952 and 1962 – 1976) full professor of the Faculty of Applied Arts, teaching the subject: Theory of Form.

He was the founder of two magazines, "Lik" (meaning, in Serbian, "the look, shape of") and "Umetnost i industrija" ("Art and Industry"), and also the founder of two institutions and manifestations: "Graficki kolektiv" ("Graphic Collective") and "Zlatno pero" ("Golden Quill").

Exhibitions: this artist participated in many collective exhibitions, and 9 solo (single, by one man) exhibitions, among which a particularly important one is his retrospective exhibition in the Museum of Applied Arts in Beograd, in 1971.

Awards: for his work he got the "Forum" award in 1968; and for the exhibition in the Museum of Applied Arts, the "October Award of the city of Beograd" in 1971.

Major work: as an artist tirelessly exploring and creating in the area of graphic communications, Sip, by his visual designs for emblems and graphic signs for "Rad" (meaning "Work") building company in 1956, "Kolarcev narodni univezitet" (meaning "People's University built by Mr. Kolarac") in 1965, for the Fifth October Salon of Beograd in 1969, etc., set the foundations of modern graphic design in Serbia.

Posthumously, twenty seven years after the author's death, his great retrospective exhibition was held in the Museum, in November 2003.