H&R Block Artspace presents new Project Wall by Luis Camnitzer

27 June 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 27, 2013) — “Seven,” a new Artspace Project Wall by artist Luis Camnitzer, is now on view at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St.

Pictured: "Seven," Luis Camnitzer, 2011. H&R Block Artspace Project Wall.

In this piece, Camnitzer explores the concept of luck and symbolism. Eight dice have been rolled out onto casino green felt, spelling out seven. While the number seven has potent cultural, religious and spiritual symbolism, it also is associated with good fortune in games of chance, including the dice game of craps. According to Raechell Smith, director and curator at the H&R Block Artspace, Camnitzer’s “Seven” may serve as a suggested meditation on the beauty of randomness and its intersection with odds, probabilities and notions of fate. Camnitzer challenges the viewer to investigate a simple game as an exploration of language, symbolism and perhaps even predestination.

Born in Germany and raised in Uruguay, Camnitzer studied sculpture and architecture at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (National School of Fine Arts) in Montevideo’s Universidad de la Republica and later won a grant to study at the Academy of Munich. In 1961, he received a Guggenheim fellowship in printmaking and three years later settled in New York. He has since become an influential artist, critic, scholar, curator and educator. Camnitzer’s work has been featured in the Davos Museum, Zurich; El Museo del Barrio, New York; and Dia Foundation, New York. He also has participated in numerous international biennials hosted by Havana, Venice, Sao Paulo, Gwangju, Documenta and the Whitney Museum.

Camnitzer has written or contributed significantly to several books, including “New Art of Cuba”; “On Art, Artists, Latin America and Other Utopias”; “Making Art Global, Part 1: The Havana Biennial”; “Face to Face: The Davos Collections”; and “Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation”; as well as essays on political and conceptual art for numerous contemporary art journals. Along with Jane Farver and Rachel Weiss, he was one of the curators for the groundbreaking 1999 exhibition “Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin, 1950s-1980s.”
The Artspace Project Wall, situated on the western façade of the H&R Block Artspace and facing the intersection of 43rd and Main streets, is an ongoing site for temporary public art projects that feature selected and commissioned works by international, national and regional artists.

About the H&R Block Artspace

Since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has been dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. The Artspace receives important support from the H&R Block Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council, a state
agency, and private contributions. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, visit the Artspace on the Web at www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563.

About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and
summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.
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For more information, contact Caitlin Knoll, 816-802-3458, or cknoll@kcai.edu.