A 2014 triptych by Kara Walker dominates the living area of Ari Emanuel’s home. A painting by Mark Bradford is on display to the left.


THE ART-FILLED HOME of talent power broker Ari Emanuel is for sale. Emanuel is co-CEO of Endeavor, the talent and entertainment agency, The contemporary-style home in the Mandeville Canyon area of Los Angeles is priced at nearly $19 million.

Works of art are on view throughout the 5,700-square-foot home. The living area boasts a huge triptych by Kara Walker, featuring her signature narrative silhouettes. The cut-paper images confront the indignities experienced by blacks in the antebellum South and the requisite issues of race, power, and agency. The untitled work was created in 2014 and exhibited in the Sikkema Jenkins booth at the Art Basel Miami Beach art fair the same year.

Abstract works hang in the same space as Walker’s work. Across the room, a draped painting by Sam Gilliam is displayed and nearby there’s a painting by Los Angeles-based Mark Bradford. In one of the bedrooms, a painting featuring two figures looks like the work of Noah Davis (1983-2015), who co-founded The Underground Museum in Los Angeles.

Emanuel inspired the character “Ari Gold” on HBO’s “Entourage.” He is also the brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. A patron of the arts, Emanuel is on the board of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. When Theaster Gates’s Stony Island Arts Bank in Chicago presented “1975 Paintings,” a solo show of works by Davis, Emanuel was among those formally acknowledged for their support of the exhibition. In November 2017, he gave a tribute to Bradford who was being honored at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s annual Art+Film Gala.

Endeavor is a mega agency. In 2009, the firm merged with the William Morris Agency and acquired sports agency IMG in 2014. Endeavor recently acquired Exhibitions International, which organizes major exhibitions and touring shows. The agency also has a major stake in the Frieze Art Fair. Next month, the inaugural edition of Frieze Los Angeles (Feb. 15-17) will be staged at Paramount Pictures Studios.

In a statement to the Financial Times, Emanuel said: “Through Frieze Los Angeles, the art world’s best is coming to one of the most iconic cultural capitals in the world. It’s especially exciting for us to introduce Frieze to the city that we’ve called home for so many years.” CT


IMAGES: All photos by Hilton & Hyland


“Kara Walker – MCMXCIX” is a sketchbook that features works by Kara Walker, dating back to 1999 when the artist was 29. “The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker” accompanied an exhibition of new works—influenced in part by Walker’s residency at the American Academy in Rome—on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art. “Tomorrow is Another Day” documents Mark Bradford’s solo exhibition for the U.S. Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale. “Mark Bradford: Pickett’s Charge” documents the artist’s expansive exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum. “The Music of Color: Sam Gilliam, 1967-1973” documents the Washington, D.C.-based artist’s first retrospective exhibition in a European museum, which presented at the Galleries of Kunstmuseum Basel.


The living area of Ari Emanuel’s home features a color-washed drape painting by Sam Gilliam. On the far left (obscured), a triptych by Kara Walker is displayed. | Photo by Hilton & Hyland


Far left, partial view of a mixed-media painting by Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford. | Photo by Hilton & Hyland


In a bedroom, a large painting featuring two figures looks like the work of Noah Davis. | Photo by Hilton & Hyland


The triptych by Kara Walker can be seen beyond the kitchen, at right. | Photo by Hilton & Hyland


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