‘Art comes first’ in Tony Karman’s comeback story

C'mon — who doesn't love a good comeback story? Tony Karman gave us a great one when he launched Expo Chicago in September, a new and improved contemporary art fair that earned high marks for its visually sumptuous design, spacious exhibitor booths — which looked like art galleries, not cramped mall kiosks — and most important, for the impressive quality of the art on display. The former vice president and director of Art Chicago, Karman insisted "the art comes first," and it showed.