Kipton Cronkite has been building people’s art collections for over a decade. Always drawn to emerging talent, he began exhibiting young artists from the School of Visual Arts New York in a Wall Street space. As uptown collectors migrated downtown to view the art, Cronkite witnessed many becoming interested in acquiring the real estate that housed it and he seized the moment to differentiate himself from the mushrooming field of art advisers.
In order to integrate real estate with serious art collecting, he obtained his real estate license and began staging listings and building collections in apartment building common spaces. “The bridge between the art world and real estate is a natural synergy,” asserts Cronkite with a charismatic twinkle in his eye. “I just staged a $29 million apartment in New York. When staging a listing, Cronkite considers the potential buyer’s demographics and the architecture’s personality. Here is his artful advice for three popular Hamptons-style homes:
1. POSTMODERN BARN
“Postmodern barns feel deeply connected to nature and typically have high ceilings and expansive spaces to maximize light and views."
"The large walls allow for significant works by artists such as Andreas Gursky, Kadar Brock, Cristo, David Paul Kay, Rotem Reshef, Andy Warhol, Steve Hash, Louise Bourgeois and Stephen Neidich.”
2. TRADITIONAL SHINGLE
“With a traditional home, I consider the materials and patterns of Queen Anne architecture as a basis for proposing the art."
"I suggest a contemporary contrast of artists: Sylvie Blum, Lisa Schulte, Doug Aitken, James Goldcrown, Jade Doskow, Alexandra Posen, Michael Scoggins, Zoe Buckman, Damien Hirst and Ross Bleckner.”
“The floor-to-ceiling windows in many contemporary homes create happy and bright spaces."
"I enjoy curating artists that bring nature inside like Spencer Tunick, Shay Kun, Lindsey Warren, furniture by the Haas Brothers, Laura Owens, Thomas Struth, Jenny Holzer, Laura Kimpton, Ai Weiwei and Miya Ando.”
Photography by: PORTRAIT BY STEPHEN BUSKEN, COURTESY OF KIPTON CRONKITE; “LES FLEURS” BY LOUISE BOURGEOIS, 2009, PHOTO BY JJYPHOTO, © THE EASTON FOUNDATION/VAGA AT ARS, NY, COURTESY OF THE EASTON FOUNDATION AND HAUSER & WIRTH;
CHICAGO 1893 WORLD’S FAIR, “THE COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION,” SITE OF MANUFACTURE LIBERAL ARTS BUILDING, GRAND PERISTYLE, AND AGRICULTURAL BUILDING, VIEW 2, 2009, PHOTO BY JADE DOSKOW; CHARDNAY AND CHABLIS HEX STOOLS BY HAAS BROTHERS,
PHOTO BY JOE KRAMM; POSTMODERN BARN PHOTO BY @A_GAUT, COURTESY OF STUDIO ZUNG; SHUTTERED HOUSE PHOTO BY RAYMOND FORBES LLC/STOCKSY; CONTEMPORARY HOUSE PHOTO BY PIOVESEMPRE/ISTOCK PHOTO