ARTBOX Grand Opening 

Various artists

Four stars

The new ARTBOX location, across from the Omni Severin Hotel entrance, has a more open feel than its sister location in the Stutz II building because of its ceiling-high windows that let in natural light. That said, it definitely feels like an ARTBOX show because anyone with even a passing familiarity with the work in the Stutz location will recognize many of the works by the artists represented here. But there were also prints by Henry Moore, original album covers by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Italian painter Nicola Simbari's oil on canvas "Crazyhorse Saloon" to freshen up the mix. Simbari paints with a palette knife and texture is a large part of his work. (He depicts a woman against a color spectrum evocative of strobe lights on a fashion runway.) Simbari, who was influenced by Abstract Expressionism, but who also said "A rock must look like a rock," seemed to be in dialogue with locally-based Phil O'Malley, whose abstract "When Viewed from the Same Place," featured thick conglomerations of paint on a plain white canvas. This work faced Simbari's painting on the opposite wall. Call 317-955-2450 or visit for info and gallery hours.

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