Prizm Art Fair



Friday, December 6 
2 pm – 2:45 pm
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)
Badir McCleary
ArtAboveReaity 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 a high level of 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 web space 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 has been featured in the 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. 
Lisa Anderson
In 2015 Lisa Launched Black British Art – celebrating the visual representation & fine art of the African diaspora in Britain – past & present, established & emergent, existing & persisting.  Lisa Anderson is an avid contemporary arts enthusiast and advisor with expert knowledge on art from the African Diaspora in the UK and beyond. In 2015 she launched Black British Art as an online curatorial platform to showcase the variety and depth of this phenomenal corner of the art market.  In 2016 she was selected as one of 10 curators to compliment the International Curators Forum ‘Diaspora Pavilion’ project for the 2017 Venice Biennale. She has since curated private exhibitions for Latham and Watkins featuring artists who have gone on to be selected as Bloomberg New Contemporary artists and featured in major international art collections. She has represented artists at Basel as a Trustee for Addis Fine Art, visited international biennales during the grand tour, presented papers at a number of academic conferences and written articles for a variety of arts platforms.  Lisa developed her passion for arts whilst carving out a successful career in corporate fundraising and international business development. With a first-class degree in International Relations and Master’s in human Rights, she has worked with treasured cultural institutions like the Natural History Museum as well as pioneering international practices like NLE. She also has a background in dance performance and serves on the advisory board for Uchenna Dance Company. This unique blend of creative passion, knowledge and business expertise has made her an incredibly well connected and sought-after culture and arts insider. 
Dameon Fisher
Danny Dunson
Dunson graduated from The University of Illinois at Chicago, where he studied art history. He is a 2016 -2017 Fulbright Grant recipient and Gilman Scholarship fellow. His research as an art historian has been primarily focused on figurative representations within African and African Diasporic Art.  Dunson has spent the last four years studying in West and North Africa analyzing tethers of the African Diaspora, while unifying them with contemporary and traditional African art. Dunson’s art criticisms, and editorials have been published in magazines in France and England, and he has presented his art historical research at symposiums and conferences in the United States, Morocco, South Africa, and Ghana.  Dunson is currently conducting research that positions portraiture aligned with the art of space, place, and memory, and the Middle Passage as he surveys the visual culture of Ghanaian cemeteries and funerary arts.  In June, 2017-2018 Dunson presented, In Memoriam: Portraits of the Middle Passage, In Situ, a large scaled exhibition in Ghana’s Cape Coast Castle and dungeons featuring art of the Ancestor Project, a visual art collective with Ghanaian artist, Kwame Akoto- Bamfo at the helm. Dunson’s digital curatorial projects on Instagram (@legacybros and @mygranddaddyscloset) primarily focus on figurative representations of global blackness.  Dunson lives in Chicago, and is the Editor-in-Chief of ArtX (

Renee Royale (moderator)
Renee Royale is an independent curator, artist, writer, and media strategist. She is the founder of Support Black Art, and has curated shows in various galleries and alternative art spaces in New York City, New Orleans, and Barbados. She has collaborated with museums, art fairs, and other arts organizations including Brooklyn Museum, Barbados Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Queer|Art, Black Gotham, Artsy Window, and Volta Art Fair to increase accessibility and community awareness of experiences centered on contemporary artists of color. Her goal is to provide alternate ways of experiencing art, utilizing innovative methods and modern technology to break down socioeconomic and institutionalized barriers for a more equitable, authentic art world.

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