CULTURE CORNER | ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH 2014 ESSENTIALS / by Brackett Bilodeau

Image courtesy of nytimes.com

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'Tis the season for the champagne-fueled week of festivities that is Art Basel. With 24 satellite fairs happening simultaneously plus exclusive events and afterparties sprinkled throughout, the options are endless. We’ve selected the crème de la crème of this year’s roundup in one comprehensive ABMB guide. Check out our top 10 picks:

VIP PARTY AT THE PEREZ MUSEUM
In celebration of their first anniversary, the PAMM is hosting a massive blowout on Thursday, December 4 from 8pm to midnight. The DIS Magazine and THV Production event will feature exhibitions by Beatriz Milhazes, Mario Garcia Torres and Gary Simmons, among others, along with performances by Future Brown, Kelala, Total Freedom, and Maluca.

HARPER’S BAZAAR AT SOHO BEACH HOUSE
Harper’s Bazaar is setting up shop at Soho Beach House for ShopBAZAAR. Guests can peruse Bazaar Editor selections while enjoying complimentary beauty treatments and plenty of cocktails by the pool from 11am to 6pm on Thursday, December 4th.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST PARTY AT THE JAMES HOTEL
From the mind of respected interior designer and tv personality, Thom Filicia’s Ad Oasis will be held at The James Hotel on Thursday, December 4. Look forward to a luxe pop-up boutique, delicious food, art, and cocktails as design and art collide.

ABY ROSEN’S ANNUAL ART BASEL DINNER AND AFTER PARTY AT THE W
An annual Art Basel must, Aby Rosen’s celebratory dinner will be held at The Dutch with an afterparty at The Wall, both in the W South Beach on Thursday, December 4. Two words: champagne and celebrities.

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY LE BARON POP UP AT FDR AT THE DELANO
Parisian nightclub and Basel pop-up mainstay is taking over FDR at The Delano all week. This one’s sure to be a complete fusion of art, fashion and music worlds with lots of buzz about a variety of musical guests.

PAPER MAGAZINE | BREAK THE INTERNET PARTY
Paper Mag is hosting their aptly named afterparty in honor of cover star Kim Kardashian at 7pm on December 4 at an undisclosed location.

SCOPE/VH1 PARTY
SCOPE Art Fair, known as the the launching pad for emerging contemporary art, is collaborating with VH1 for its third consecutive year with Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic debuting a custom typographic multimedia installation at a secret location on Friday, December 5.

FAÇONNABLE X JEAN COCTEAU LAUNCH AT THE WEBSTER
A low-key, lovely evening of cocktails at South Beach’s hip boutique, The Webster will celebrate the launch of the Jean Cocteau and Façonnable collaboration on Thursday, December 4th from 6pm to 8pm.

PPP X DAZED PRESENT MUZIK MANSION MIAMI
Über-exclusive French nightlife collective Pigalle, Pompon and Pain O choKolat have joined forces with Dazed Digital to host a 3-day (December 4th-6th) party with special musical performances and DJ sets in a secret location. The secret location being a Miami mansion, nonetheless.

POPLIFE “THE DEEP END” POOL PARTY AT THE MONDRIAN
This invite only, daytime party is guaranteed to be a premium afternoon. Stick around for arguably the most breathtaking sunset in Miami at South Beach’s bayside beauty, the Mondrian, on Saturday, December 6th from 2pm to 8pm.