ArtAboveReality, Inc
Badir McCleary is an independent consultant. He holds an M.A. in Arts Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Los Angeles/London) where he focused on...

Badir McCleary is an independent consultant. He holds an M.A. in Arts Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art (Los Angeles/London) where he focused on creating art markets and with an undergraduate degree in Internet Computing from Cabrini University focusing on e-commerce and digital trends. Badir enjoys working with artists and consider them crucial to informing his practice. Having extensive contemporary art history knowledge and experience, Badir is able to tackle large projects with confidence, protecting and tracking deliverables and ensuring high-level success for clients. In 2015, Badir was the Co-Owner and Director of Gallery 38 (Los Angeles), a project that produced exhibitions for emerging artists of color in South Los Angeles and helped contribute to several public projects globally, helping artists transform communities through visual aesthetics.

Badir created the art review and critique webspace ArtAboveReality.com to focus on the rising street art movement, artists of color in contemporary art, and essays on artistic culture. Through dialogue and research, he hopes to educate artists on a growing cultural marketplace simultaneously introducing underrepresented neighborhoods to fine art programming. Badir and his curatorial work have been featured in LA Weekly, WhiteWall, and Artillery Magazine(s). Badir also volunteers as an advocate for Americans for the Arts as a California delegate through Sotheby’s Institute. In addition to curation, Badir is also a freelance journalist and photographer with recent work being included in Kenny Scharf: In Absence of Myth by G. James Daichendt.

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