Chicago-based painter Francine Turk and members of the Miles Davis family were on hand for the Sept. 21 opening of Next Level Badass | Miles Davis & Francine Turk, a bold art exhibit inspired by the iconic trumpeter.

The exhibit, which has now moved to Turk’s studio for by-appointment viewings, incorporates some of Davis’ words and imagery, as seen in numerous sketchbooks. The Davis family granted Turk access to the sketchbooks (and other personal belongings), which served as inspiration for this group of paintings and collages.

… One of the most intriguing elements of the Chicago exhibit was a glass case containing some of Davis’ original sketchbooks. The loose, fluid style of Davis’ work in these sketchbooks is somewhat similar to pieces compiled in the 2013 coffee-table book Miles Davis: The Collected Artwork (Insight Editions). That book includes essays by members of Miles Davis’ family: Cheryl Davis (his daughter), Erin Davis (his son) and Vince Wilburn Jr. (his nephew). All three family members attended the Sept. 21 opening of Turk’s exhibit.

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