Vince Wilburn Jr., Cheryl Davis, Francine Turk and Erin Davis
Chicago based fine artist Francine Turk drew an eclectic crowd to the opening celebration of her new exhibit Next Level BadAss: Miles Davis & Francine Turk on Sept. 20 at the old Chicago Illuminating Company space in South Loop. The rooms were adorned with over 50 giant, bold, genre-busting art pieces that were tribute to Miles Davis and his creative genius.
Turk is one of only THREE people bestowed the creative license and distinction to carry on reinterpretations of Miles Davis’s work (award-winning composer and musician Robert Glasper and Oscar nominated, award-winning actor Don Cheadle of 2015 Miles Ahead, are the other two).
The exhibition chronicles Turk’s year-long process of excavating Davis’s most private possessions, his journals, and researching those who were closest to him. The pieces incorporate Davis’s sketches and verses into both massive, large-scale portraits of icons, including those who were influenced by him.
Guest, Alison Victoria, Francine Turk
Members of the late Miles Davis’ family including Vince Wilburn, Jr. (Miles Davis nephew), Cheryl Davis (Miles Davis’ daughter), Erin Davis (Miles Davis’ son) and special guests were in attendance to view the Francine Turk Miles Davis exhibit as well as Davis’s original sketchbooks which was also on display.
Chicago Fire’s Miranda Rae Mayo and Francine Turk
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