An Arts Agency Focused On
Vision, History, And People.

What We Do

Art Advising

Helping collectors realize their visions with a helping hand throughout the process. Using market research and analysis for assisting in confident and timely decision-making.

Artist Studio Support

Consulting and managing small to large projects. Studio management, inventory auditing, and career guidance.

Art Appraisal

Specializing in the appraisal of Post-War, Contemporary Art, and emerging artists. Using years of Art Market education and first-hand knowledge, we aim to provide the highest level of professionalism aligning with USPAP standards while maintaining our client’s privacy.

Collection Management

Experience in cataloging, managing, and maintaining the records of thousands of art, photography, and design objects. Strategizing inventory management systems and disaster recovery plans for new and seasoned collectors.

Art Gallery Strategy

Planning and research for exhibitions, publication creation, public and social engagement, and press coordination. Online sales management. Art Fairs: Pre and post fair strategy, client development, logistics, and booth presence.

Curatorial Services

Planning, curation, and execution of art programming. Project management for activation of fine art in corporate buildings and initiating art experiences in vacant spaces.

About The Founder

ArtAboveReality is an art consulting firm focused on providing professional art services to private individuals, and corporations as well as exhibiting scholarly contemporary art globally. ​We assist in primary and secondary market art acquisitions for beginning collectors, investment opportunities, and evaluation of existing collection(s). We act as an extension of the client providing strategy based on their personal goals protecting their interests while preserving their privacy. ArtAboveReality is based in Los Angeles. 

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. 

If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery. It wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all.


Curatorial Projects and Arts Programming

Portraits Of Yesteryear – Virtual Exhibition

ArtAboveReality is pleased to present “Portraits of Yesteryear”, a group survey highlighting contemporary artists across multiple art practices. What do we remember about yesterday? How has it changed? What’s still as you remember it? Many people across the world have lost family members, jobs, and more which allows them to see through different eyes. These portraits are a reflection of a time we used to know – a show of humanity. Yesteryear, referring to a life-changing event is analyzed throughout these images allowing the artist a moment of reflection, and the viewer a chance to gain the artists’ perspective from their visual stories. Curated by Badir McCleary of ArtAboveReality.

Metropolis – Exhibition Walkthrough

Metropolis – A Snapshot of Art Making in Los Angeles. “We are informed about the gallery space but never involved with it as being an extension of the artist’s studio – a haven that purifies emotions through the evocation of fear, stimulation of thought and interaction.” – Faisal Abu’Allah

Relational Chemistry – Exhibition Walkthrough

ArtAboveReality is pleased to present “Relational Chemistry: An Introspective of Urban Experience”, a group survey highlighting nineteen contemporary artists in the city of Philadelphia. Focusing on their grassroots origins, “Relational History: A Introspective of Urban Experience” speaks to the artists using their practice to realize and then share their identities, an entrance, for the viewer, into the artist’s inner selves.


Art Reviews, Interviews, and Art Market Analysis
Review – Soul of A Nation: Art In The Age of Black Power 1963-83 at The Broad

“Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists made over two revolutionary decades in American history, beginning in 1963 at the height of the civil rights movement.

  • A Mural of A Movement: Jonah Jackson
    A Mural of A Movement: Jonah Jackson A short story of creating a mural of a movement. On February 6th, 2020, Houston-born, LA-based artist Jonah Elijah and a team of […]

Panels and Conversations

Contemporary Art Conversations w/ Lady PheOnix

Lady PheOnix is a curator of contemporary art and a passionate producer of creative works at the intersection of visual art and technology. She elevates and amplifies the work of artists through her virtual gallery, @yesuniverse.art. She is a leading voice for contemporary digital art and culture providing an essential platform for the art and artists of the 21st century. YESUNIVERSE is a global platform that builds community online and in-person through events and exhibitions where art and technology bring people together.

Black Art – Dialogue in Digital at Prizm Art Fair

This panel explores the power of contemporary visual culture in the digital sphere. How have social platforms democratized the access and consumption of black visual culture? Who are key players/influencers defining, formalizing, and capitalizing on this phenomenon? Panelists: (Left to Right) Badir McCleary | Art Above Reality & Social Media Influencer, Lisa Anderson | Black British Art, Dameon Fisher | Art Collector, Danny Dunson | Legacy Brothers & Editor of Art X Official, Renee Royale | Support Black Art (moderator).

Contemporary Art Conversations w/ Kenny Schachter

I’m joined today by collector, writer, and artist #KennySchachter. Kenny Schachter has been curating contemporary art exhibits in museums and galleries for in excess of 20 years and has taught art history at the graduate level at New York University, The New School for Social Research, and lectured and organized an offsite exhibition for the first graduating class of Columbia University’s Masters of Fine Art program.


Welcome to the Reality Talks Podcast where we speak with working artists and arts professionals on navigating the art world. Through introspective conversation, our guests provide knowledge on the market, public projects, and the artistic process. With these guests and their educated input, we hope to educate the listener on best practices for growing their overall knowledge of the art world. The three main channels of the podcast are In The Studio, The Art Lounge, and Contemporary Art Conversations.

In The Studio offers an inside look into the studio practice of the visual artist. From fabricated materials and works in progress to exhibition preparation, viewers get a chance to understand and experience the process firsthand. In The Art Lounge, we sit and talk with collectors of art objects (new and seasoned) to talk about their goals of collecting and supporting the arts. On Contemporary Art Conversations, we take a closer look at the business of art and the habits of the stakeholders. Through these channels, we offer our viewers a first-hand look into the process of the creative enterprise we call The Global Art Market. 

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