By bridging the worlds of art and luxury real estate, Kipton Cronkite pioneers art advisory and staging services for real estate and hospitality through bespoke collaborations with established and emerging contemporary artists. His services are highly sought after by developers seeking to elevate the value of their offerings and private individuals looking to build art collections in their homes.
Kipton began his career in 2002 working at a prominent Soho Gallery. After joining Citigroup as a financial advisor in 2003, he became a Director of Investor Relations at Bank of America, where he specialized in alternative investments that focused on art as an asset class. During his time on Wall Street, Kipton published a number of articles on art investment and cultivated a broad network of connections in the worlds of art and finance.
In 2005, Kipton launched an online platform for emerging artists that integrated innovative brand partnerships for emerging artists to showcase and sell their work. Over the past 15 years, Kipton has hosted over 150 highly sought-after art exhibitions and events in partnership with leading luxury brands and cultural influencers, including Soho House, Emirates Airlines, Longchamp, Chloé, Asprey, MCM, Columbia Records, Mercedes Benz, W Hotels, D&D Building, Mont Blanc, Olivia Palermo, and Lang Lang, among numerous others. Kipton has also collaborated with such notable media partners as GQ, Vanity Fair, Vogue, W, Elle, The Wall Street Journal, and Departures. He has orchestrated and hosted coveted collaborations, spanning from the opening for the Thomas Heatherwick designed Longchamp Soho flagship during New York Fashion Week to numerous events at Art Basel Miami. In 2010, Kipton opened a physical location at the Rockwell Group designed 75 Wall. During that time Kipton recognized the deep connection between art, architecture, and the way physical spaces can be transformed through art. In 2015, Kipton launched ArtStager, an art advisory platform that focuses on integrating art into residential environments. To date, ArtStager has accumulated an impressive portfolio of work with leading developers, including Sieger Suarez, The Hakimian Organization, Elad Group, and some of the most influential names in interior design, such as Thom Filicia, Jamie Drake of Drake/Anderson, Philip Gorrivan Design, Yorgos Scarpidis, Eric Cohler Design, Nanjoo Design, John Willey Design, Povero & Company, Amy Lau Design, Oliver Furth Design, and Nate Berkus Interiors. The works curated by Kipton have been included in some of the most prestigious interior design showcases, including Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse in Manhattan and Greystone Mansion Design Showhouse in Beverly Hills.
In addition to discovering and supporting new artists, Kipton is dedicated to giving back to the art community. He is actively involved in a number of art-related charitable projects and supports many philanthropic causes. He served on the Executive Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2007 - 2018 and co-founded the Young Patrons Circle of the American Friends of the Louvre in 2006. In 2008, he was profiled in a Barron’s “Next Gen Givers” article, which featured his efforts and activities supporting emerging artists.