Privé At Island Estates Unveils Contemporary Art Collection

Privé Island – February 23, 2017

Commissioned masterworks by acclaimed artists: Ross Bleckner, Shay Kun, Thomas Swanston and Matthew Harding

Privé Island, the last buildable island in South Florida and home to two luxury residential towers, unveiled the towers’ contemporary art collection, which will adorn the residences’ two palatial lobbies. The collection is composed of masterpieces by revered artists Ross Bleckner, Shay Kun, Thomas Swanston and Matthew Harding.

The growing global enthusiasm for contemporary art in Miami inspired the blue-chip collection curated by New York-based art curator Kipton Cronkite and Miami-based Julia Chi, interior designer for Interiors by Steven G, who brought to life Privé developer Daniel Lebensohn’s art concept and vision.

Each lobby has a distinct art discipline and identity with coexisting energies that complement the surrounding natural elements, while evoking tranquil sensations through different art forms, including paintings, sculptures, musical notes and installations. The art program, a core of the project, was created to have a profound cultural impact on the living environment and spaces—a determining factor among many home hunters.

“Art has become an essential component of luxury living, so we put together a program that encompasses commissioned pieces by some of the world’s most renowned artists as well as up-and-coming artists that have a personal impact in the world of architecture and the world’s natural elements,” said Daniel Lebensohn of BH3.

Cronkite and Chi’s titles double as the official in-house art adviser and interior design consultant, respectively, for Privé’s residents. Cronkite is available to provide one-on-one consultations to Privé’s residents through gallery and museum visits, while Julia ensures that the residents’ interior spaces are in harmony with what adorns their walls. They both aim to learn each Privé homeowner’s individual personality and art likings to curate magnetic private spaces that speak to the homebuyer’s unique taste.

“My artistic vision for Privé at Island Estates focuses on the unique scope of the property, where each work is distinct and aligns with the impressive architecture and the geography of the secluded land,” said Kipton Cronkite, who is best known for “playing cupid” with luxury spaces and world-class art in New York City.

With both towers now topped off, Privé is redefining the Aventura neighborhood with the luxury of seclusion outlined by 360-degree views of the water and 70,000 square feet of resort-style amenities, which include a duplex state-of-the-art fitness center and spa with steam room and sauna, social entertainment rooms, private dining rooms, library, wine room, cigar room, hobby rooms, guest suites, two expansive pools and Jacuzzis, running paths that outline the island, tennis court, private pier and a private marina with limited remaining slips that can hold yachts up to 135 feet in length.

Works in the Collection

Ross Bleckner’s Dome Series; Two untitled commissioned works
Ross Bleckner, a New York-based contemporary artist, is best known for his works dealing with loss and memory, notably tackling the emotional toll brought by the AIDS crisis in 1980s. His poetic works often employ recurring symbolic imagery, such as candelabras, doves, and flowers, rendered with a blurred, glowing sense of light. Bleckner is long associated with the Mary Boone Gallery, which championed several of the so-called art stars of the 1980s. His work has since been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, including his midcareer retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1995.

The commissioned pieces for Privé’s lobbies involve Bleckner’s new technique of using bleach to pare back the paint buildup, making it appear more luminous, spatial, celestial and spiritual.

Shay Kun’s Tear Drops series
Shay Kun is an Israeli-American painter known for his post-modern interpretation of the Hudson River School movement, the 19th century American art movement embodied by a group of landscape painters whose aesthetic vision was influenced by romanticism. With parents respected as Holocausts survivors and painters, Kun’s works positon humans as intruders on the planet, oblivious to the damage inflicted upon nature. He has exhibited worldwide at solo shows and biennales, including Linda Warren projects in Chicago, Benrimon Contemporary in New York, Michael Schultz Gallery in Berlin, Hezi Cohen Gallery in Tel Aviv the 51st Venice Biennale, to name a few.

Kun’s Tear Drop series has a reoccurring theme: the clarity of water and its traveled path that evokes nostalgia and self-perceived memories. He focused on the idea that humans distort memories and images to fit their needs.

Matthew Harding; Two untitled commissioned sculptures


Matthew Harding is an innovative Australian artist and famous for his sculptural art. Harding is known for constantly pushing the boundaries of the material he uses for his works and its conventional process. His masterworks range in forms of stainless steel (mirror polished and exoskeletal), carving figurative granite and wood, and weaving delicate monofilament. Harding is a recipient of multiple national sculptural awards across Australia, including the McClland National Sculpture Award.

The theme and intention of Harding’s two stainless steel commissioned sculptures are to “enfold” and “enrapture” meaning to bring together and enchant the Privé Island community through sustainable living.

Thomas Swanston; Two untitled commissioned paintings

Thomas Swanston is an Atlanta-based artist known for his series of paintings depicting cranes and their migration, which speaks to the mystical movement through space and time. Swanston has exhibited his art work in 20 solo and more than 50 group gallery exhibitions, including Sense Gallery in San Francisco, Lowe Gallery in Atlanta and Los Angeles, M-13 in New York, Horizon Gallery, Jackson Hole, Soren Christensen, New Orleans, Los Angeles and more.

The two commissioned pieces represent the conservation of cranes and their migration cycle, which is a symbolism of nature’s ability to change and remain consistent throughout the ever-changing seasons.

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About Privé at Island Estates

Privé is located on an eight-acre private island set between Williams Island and Sunny Isles Beach. The twin iconic 16-story towers designed by renowned architects Sieger Suarez, will be comprised of a total of 160 ultra-luxury residences ranging in size from 2,585 square feet to more than 9,500 square feet for select penthouse units– the pinnacle of Miami luxury real estate.

Every Privé residence will feature private elevator entry, flow-through floor plans with 10-foot glass on both eastern and western exposures, full 10-foot-deep balconies, expansive east/west water views throughout, European kitchens and bathrooms, as well as outdoor summer kitchens. First-class, resort-style amenities and services include a 10,000-square-foot gym and spa in each tower, private dining and social rooms, poolside café, wine and cigar rooms, kids’ rooms, tennis court, two pools and Jacuzzis, marina, private pier, jogging path, 24-hour gated entry and roving security, and full-time concierge

About BH3 & Gary Cohen

Led by principals Gregory Freedman, Charles Phelan, and Daniel Lebensohn – BH3 is an opportunistic real estate firm with a core focus on acquiring real estate in South Florida and New York City. In addition to Trump Hollywood, the firm’s impressive portfolio includes 1805 Ponce; Terra Beachside 6000 Collins; and Fontainebleau Sorrento. For more information, please visit www.bh-3.com.

Gary Cohen is the developer of Island Estates, the south island of the property, which consists of 21 exclusive mansions and a marina. As one of the founding families of Aventura, the Cohen family has been in South Florida land development since the 1960’s, resulting in approximately 1,000 acres of land development and planning of high-rise condominiums, multifamily, single family homes, shopping centers.