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Karman's partners include Mark Lyman and Michael Franks of the Art Fair Company, which produces the SOFA show. They're aiming for that most elusive prize: the dazzle and draw the old Pier show once had.
Meanwhile, Art Chicago, now headed by Staci Boris and Ken Tyburski, has reinvented itself as Next Art Chicago. Set for April 27-29 at the Mart, with an emphasis on emerging artists, it's being touted as "An International Fair of Contemporary Art," and "the largest, most important visual arts event in the Midwest."