Manolo Millares (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1926 – Madrid, 1972) Manolo Millares was a Spanish self-taught artist. He is best known for his experiments with burlap (a material used in funerary ceremonies in the Guanche tradition in the Canary Islands). The artist’s rough handling of the burlap sacking is an expression of the existential anguish wrought by the brutal wars that vitiated Europe during the last century. In 1958 he was invited to participate in the 19th Venice Biennale, where he exhibited eight paintings in the Spanish Pavilion. The year 1960 marked a turning point in Millares’s professional career. Frank O’Hara, curator at MOMA and a great admirer of his work, invited the artist to show four large-scale paintings at the museum. That same year, Millares held solo exhibitions at the Pierre Matisse Gallery (New York) and Galerie Daniel Cordier (Paris), and showed five arpilleras (burlap paintings) at the Guggenheim Museum (New York) as part of the exhibition “Before Picasso; After Miró”.
Text courtesy Galeria Mayoral.
A Shoulder on Which to Bear Time A conversation between Biraaj Dodiya and Elena Sorokina on Manolo Millares Thursday 30 July, 2020 In collaboration with Experimenter Gallery, Kolkata India Dodiya and Sorokina build interconnections between Manolo Millares' work and its 'duende', inviting it into their exchanges. They discuss what it...
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