Kipton Cronkite is a highly-regarded leader in the art world who is passionately dedicated to cultivating and exposing rising new artists globally. With a background in finance and a strong passion for art, he pursued parallel careers in art and on Wall Street. In the art world, he began as a curator and exhibit coordinator at a top New York gallery where he coordinated art exhibitions and facilitated sales of art by the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. As a Wall Street broker and advisor, he was quickly promoted to the position of Senior Vice President of Investor Relations at Bank of America’s Alternative Investment Advisors Group. Today Cronkite is fully dedicated to his work in the art world and with artists.
Cronkite’s passion for art and especially that of emerging artists, coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit and the realization that there were limited online avenues available where new artists could promote their art and gain exposure, drew him to dedicate his life and work to the art world. Today Cronkite is widely recognized for being able to identify highly talented new artists and effectively guiding their careers.
“I think of myself as a shepherd for artists,” explains Kipton Cronkite. “Once I spot talent, I guide each by placing artworks in appropriate environments while also matching clients who will love their work for a lifetime. I enjoy the process of navigating the art world. ”
Founding KiptonART in 2002, Cronkite pioneered the use of online look books that created an online vehicle for new artists to gain worldwide exposure for their art and begin making a name for themselves. In addition to the look books, KiptonArt has produced over one hundred live events for new artists and built a thriving online community of over 2,000 artists, making it one the most successful online businesses focused on exposing these talented new artists’ work.
Cronkite co-founded @60” in 2012, an online platform providing a new way for art collectors to buy art online. In 2015, he blended the worlds of art and real estate by founding ArtStager. His newest venture features curated emerging and established artists to elevate both residential and commercial real estate developments.
Mr. Cronkite’s recent curatorial experience includes being named art curator for Prive Island in Aventura, Florida while other career highlights include bringing top artists to Art Basel Miami in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. Other highlights include: 2011 exhibition at the D&D Building in New York City (which drew over 600 attendees), 2013 Art Basel Miami exhibition “Elementals” at the James Hotel in Miami Beach, an exhibition of Jewish and Israeli artists at the Sundance 2014 film festival, and a five-artist exhibition held at the 2014 New York Fashion week. In 2014, Cronkite curated a private event of artworks in the home of one of the stars of the Real Housewives of New York (RHONY).
Throughout his career, Cronkite has hosted a New York City television show, Art Scene with Kipton Cronkite, written articles relating to the art world and art investment for notable publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Quest and Inman News and is often sought out as an art expert by the media including CNN, Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New York Post, ELLE, Departures, and The Wall Street Journal.