After four years of operation, Ron Hughes has closed his Candler Park photography gallery for financial reasons. Composition Gallery's last official event was its May Day Art Party for Haiti on May 1. Hughes will continue his involvement in the local gallery scene as gallery director at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery in the Tula Art Center.
"When people open galleries they're more capitalized than I was to begin with. That along with the worst economic slump we've seen [lead to the gallery's closure]," says Hughes.
Jennifer Schwartz's Buckhead space is relatively new and focuses strictly on photography, according to Hughes. "Its kind of like a captive audience [at Jennifer Schwartz Gallery]. There are more buyers people flock there in a way that I could never get them to in Candler Park, especially the buyers. [Working with Schwartz will be] like combining my curatorial skills with her marketing skills she's way better than me at that," he says.
Hughes comes to Jennifer Schwartz Gallery with most of 2010's lineup already in place. "It might be a while before [shows] have my stamp ... but I am involved in shows she's already arranged," he says. Hughes, who calls himself a more "seat of the pants" kind of curator, plans to focus on showcasing "cream of the crop local photographers" and move toward featuring more nationally recognized artists, "which seems to be the way the market is set," he says. "It's hard to break people in Atlanta."
It's also a matter of balance. Specifically, finding that "balance between showing interesting stuff and being able to sell stuff," he says.
(Photo by Joeff Davis)
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